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REMINDER! Over-age Dependants – Student Status for Ongoing Group Coverage

It’s that time of year again! Back to school is looming, which means it’s time to confirm over-age dependant student status. Although specifics may differ by insurer, in general, dependant children over the age of 21 may be eligible for continued group benefits coverage if they are:

•    a full-time student; and
•    over the age of 21 but under the age of 25 (26 in Quebec); and 
•    dependant…

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Express Scripts Canada – 2013 Drug Trends at a Glance

Express Scripts Canada (ESC), one of the largest providers of health benefits management services in Canada, has been reporting on annual drug spending trends since 2002. Each year, they review traditional and specialty trends to make sense of leading indicators and a host of other factors so that private payers can take action to ensure positive outcomes for all stakeholders.

Traditional drugs are defined as drugs used to treat common chronic medical conditions; they are relatively…

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Cowan Insurance Group Supports a Different Kind of Golf Day

Business supporters and golfers are racing to register for the 1st Annual Brain & Mind Matters Golf Tournament presented by Cowan Insurance Group. The tournament is set for Friday, September 26, 2014 at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club. Co-Chairs Matt Staffen and Roger Quinn, alongside a dedicated volunteer golf committee, are planning a fantastic day of golf to raise funds for traumatic brain injury and mental health. Sponsorship opportunities are completely sold out, and 70% of golf spots…

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10 Tips for Choosing a Financial Planner

In your search for a competent financial planning professional, you need to be able to recognize who you can trust.

Financial planning is unregulated in most Canadian provinces, which means that anyone can call themselves a “financial planner”. The issue here is that many of these so-called financial planners are only licensed to sell products but have no financial planning training or expertise.

In the absence of government regulation, consumers must ensure…

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Mental Stress in the Workplace: Manage Your Risk

In 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada released The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). This is a set of guidelines, tools and resources designed to help employers understand the benefits of maintaining a psychologically healthy workplace.
 
Employers realize that a healthy workplace assists with recruiting and maintaining top talent, improving productivity, and reducing absenteeism costs. They understand the…

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