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Benefits News

July 2024

Manulife - FollowMe Health Offer

FollowMe Health is a product offered to Manulife Group Benefits members that offers coverage for when their Group Benefit plan ends. This offer allows clients to choose the amount and type of health and dental coverage that fits their individual needs. This way, the client only pays for the individual coverage that they want, plus Manulife provides a discount of 5% savings on their premium.

If the plan member applies for FollowMe Health within 120 days of losing their Manulife Group Benefits plan, their acceptance is guaranteed with no medical questions or underwriting required.

If an employee is interested, they must get their Group Advisor to complete a paper application and submit it to Manulife, making sure to indicate this client is leaving a Group Benefits Plan and to apply the 5% savings on their premium.


This offer can be used by business owners by adding this benefit to your portfolio of options to attract and retain employees. Some other FollowMe Health benefits include: 3x Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage compared to standard FollowMe plans, 24/7 access to health care professionals with Telus Health Virtual Care, and optional Travel add-on of up to $5,000,000 per trip.

If you want any additional information, or you are interested in pursuing this option with Manulife, please don't hesitate to reach out to your team at CDW Benefits at

Benefits News

July 2024

Gender Affirmation Benefits

A lot more Insurance Providers are beginning to amend their base plans to include Gender Affirmation Benefits in Extended Health care (EHC). 


Wawanesa was the first to provide this benefit, adding it onto their Choice Plans effective July 01, 2023 

Empire Life has an amendment set to be effective on August 01, 2024 with lots of updates to their plans/services, including adding Gender Affirmation benefits to the EHC. 

Manulife is also set to add Gender Affirmation to their group plan's EHC, unless the Plan Sponsor decides to opt-out, effective September 06, 2024. 

For further information regarding Gender Affirmation being added to benefit plans, or inquiries about another Provider and how they are handling this, please feel free to email us at:

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It’s that time of year when most provincial and territorial dental associations release their annual dental fee guides. Typically, there is an overall increase for dental services provided by general practitioners.

Insurance carriers use the information contained in the provincial/territorial fee guides to establish reimbursement levels for the dental services your customers' employees receive and ensure that fees represent what the majority of dentists charge.

The following chart outlines the fee guide increases announced for 2022.   

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