Equitable Life Group Benefits Bulletin – November 2020

Equitable Life Group Benefits Bulletin – November 2020

In this issue:

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Telemedicine now included in Travel Assist*

Medical emergencies can be particularly stressful while travelling. Making your way to a medical facility can be a struggle. And once you get there, you could face long wait times, language barriers or even the risk of COVID-19 infection.

That’s why Allianz Global Assistance®, our Travel Assist provider, is adding two new virtual care options to provide plan members with timely and appropriate medical support.

As always, when a travel medical emergency strikes, plan members call Allianz for assistance. During the intake process plan members will be guided through a series of questions to triage their unique medical situation. Options for care now include two different virtual care services:

Plan members who use virtual care may benefit from:

Both TeleConsultation and TeleAdvice will be available for all Equitable Life plan members beginning January 1st, 2021. There is no additional cost, no changes required to your client’s plans, and no change to the way plan members contact Allianz in the event of a travel medical emergency.

This PDF plan member update will also be included in the eNews to plan administrators.

If you have any questions about these new features, please contact your Equitable Life Group Account Executive or myFlex Sales Manager.

Allianz Global Assistance is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd.

Help your clients take advantage of our convenient digital options*

During this time of physical distancing, people are looking for ways to interact with their providers virtually. We recently enhanced our Online Plan Member Enrolment toolallowing all groups to add new plan members without the need for paper forms.

Did you know, we have several other digital options available to make it easier for your clients to do business with us and for their plan members to access and use their benefits plan? Over 71% of plan administrators are managing their plan online and 78% of plan members are already using our digital tools.

For plan administrators:

For plan members:

Learn more about how we’re making it easier for your clients to do business with us

2021 changes to Maximum Insurable Earnings, Maximum Weekly Insurable Earnings and Short Term Disability Benefit*

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission and Canada Revenue Agency have announced the 2021 changes to Maximum Insurable Earnings, and premiums for employment insurance. These changes take effect January 1st, 2021.

Maximum Insurable Earnings (MIE)

The MIE will increase from $54,200 to $56,300.

Maximum Weekly Insurable Earnings (MWIE)

The MWIE will increase from $1,042 to $1,083.

EI Benefit (55% of the MWIE, rounded to the nearest dollar)

EI benefit will increase from $573 to $595

Information for Plan sponsors

If your client’s Group Policy with Equitable Life includes a Short Term Disability (STD) benefit which is tied to the EI MWIE, and at least one classification of employees has less than a $595 maximum:

If their STD maximum is currently higher than $595 or based on a flat amount (not based on a percentage or regular earnings):

If your clients wish to provide direction regarding revising their STD maximum, or have questions about the process, they can email Kari Gough, Manager, Group Quotes and Issue.


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