Given the rising cost of specialty prescription drugs and increased use of paramedicals, Ontario businesses who sponsor an employee benefit plan are finally receiving some good news. With the April 27, 2017, announcement by Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, introducing free prescription drug coverage (OHIP+) for everyone aged 24 and under, a plan sponsor’s bottom line will improve.
How will plan sponsors benefit?
A lower number of claims – although children comprise a relatively low percentage of the overall drug spend, drug claims will drop. ClaimSecure recently analyzed the claims data of […]
In a previous article on the changes to the taxation of life insurance, we speculated on what insurers might do to their products to keep them competitive in the 2017 tax environment. And while the changes were significant, we had every confidence in the actuaries that they would develop their products to provide value to clients.
We have now had a chance to look at the new 2017 products and, after running our analysis, we can say that the results are encouraging.
Our Analysis – Universal Life Insurance
Our experts chose a 2016 level-cost, universal life insurance product […]
In an Information Notice dated March 22, 2017, issued by the Government of Saskatchewan, the government announced both an increase and expansion of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) from 5% to 6% effective March 23, 2017. Read the notice here.
Of significance to employers with employees who reside in Saskatchewan is the expansion of the PST to include insurance premiums. This new tax applies to all insurance premiums that are due on or after July 1, 2017, regardless of when the policy was issued. This includes:
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
A new study confirms financial advisors deliver results for investors.
Two researchers from the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), working with survey data gathered by Ipsos-Reid in 2013, set out to measure the impact of financial advisors on asset growth. The study titled, The Gamma Factor and the Value of Financial Advice was released in the summer of 2016 and was most recently shared at a financial industry event in Toronto.
Who hires financial advisors?
Perhaps unsurprising, the research found that people with greater wealth and financial […]