Welcome to the first March addition of the Friday GAB, a weekly roundup of all the things happening in the group benefits industry. Send me your news and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org
In product updates - Manulife is amending their travel contract. Make sure you open this weeks Manulife news to read the full contract updates or contact your local Account Executive.
Sun Life is getting ready to begin the client transition from their current PBM Telus Health to Express Scripts. The transition will happen in Sept 2022. New client to Sun life with effective dates before Sept will also need to transition. Plan members will be asked to download a new drug card form the app or website. New cards will not be proactively sent. More info on any changes to inforce formularies to come at a later date. Also on this note, I saw a message therapist post on Instagram they could not longer direct bill Sun Life. I found this odd - have they also made a change with Telus on practitioner direct billing?
Speaking of contracts - do you read yours? This is your friendly reminder to read the contract. I know it's boring. But it's important.
iA is expanding their partnership with Dialogue by adding access to Dialogue’s Stress Management and Well Being Program.
This is US news but interesting none the less. Teladoc is partnering with Amazon to deliver a First of its Kind Alexa Experience Provides Hands-Free Access at Home to General Medical Care. Audio only to start with video coming later.
In more local partnership news, Sterling Capital Brokers is continuing with their M&A strategy with The Benefits Source joining Sterling Capital. Congratulations to both companies!
For our friends in ON. The disconnecting from work policy should be something employers are working on. If you're an employer with 25 or more employees, you should be working on putting this written policy in place. As a reminder this must be implemented by June 2, 2022.
And that's the Friday GAB.