Canada Insurance Plan Updates

Current Update

No. 381 - June 22, 2016

To: Retirees, Boards and Administrators 

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Solid benefits at a reasonable cost.
Out- of-Province Emergency Medical Coverage — Coverage increasing to 90 days
Plans Available to Retirees — Same plans offered for next plan year.
Selecting a Different Plan Option — Know the plan that is right for you.
Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2016 — Under age 65, age 65 and over.
Premiums Qualify as Eligible Medical Expenses — Potential medical tax credit.
Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

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No. 380 - May 2016

To:   Participating  Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Out-of-Country Coverage – Important to review coverage before traveling
Out-of-Country Medical Emergencies – Medical emergency coverage
Out-of-Country Non-Emergency Medical Coverage – Non-medical emergency coverage

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No. 379 - May 16, 2016

To:   Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Annual Enrolment Is Online — From June 1 through July 14, 2016
How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your username
and password.
Your Benefit Elections — Review/modify your insurance coverage.
Benefit Summaries — Detail of each plan option is available online.
Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us.
Applying For Critical Illness or Optional Life – Original application needs to be mailed in
Retiree Coverage Eligibility – Eligibility for CSI retiree coverage.
Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 378 - February 29, 2016

To:   Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk – Trustees continue to offer competitive plans.

Premium Rates Released Early to Help with Budgeting – Five months early.

Retiree Plan Monthly Premium Rates – Rates effective September 1, 2016.

Summary of Benefits – A summary of benefits is available for all five flex plans.

On-line Education Module – Participants and staff can learn more about the five flex options.

Offer all Five Health/Dental Plans – Full choice saves money.

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.


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No. 377 - January 11, 2016

To: Boards and Administrators of All Member Organizations In Canada

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Significantly Better Benefits Gained with Our Short-Term Disability Plan - Better benefits for staff. 

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction - How to apply for savings. 

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 376 - December 29, 2015

To: Boards and Administrators of All Member Organizations In Canada

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results – Trends in premium payment policies and eligibility requirements.

FLEX Elections – How schools utilize Flex today.

For More Information – About the Survey and the Benefit Plans.

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 375 - August 24, 2015

To:        Boards and Administrators of All Member Organizations In Canada

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

International Student Coverage — Optional coverage offered through the CSI Insurance Plan

Advantages of CSI International Student Coverage - Features only available in our plan.

International Student Coverage Rates — 22 percent rate reduction for 2015/2016 plan year.

International Student Coverage Enrolment Information — Whom to contact for enrolment information.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

 

 

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No. 374 - June 30, 2015

To:      Retirees, Boards and Administrators

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — Solid benefits at a reasonable cost.

Plans Available to Retirees — Same plans offered for next plan year.

Selecting a Different Plan Option — Know the plan that is right for you.

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2015 — Under age 65, age 65 and over.

Premiums Qualify as Eligible Medical Expenses — Potential medical tax credit.

Out-of-Province Coverage — Emergency medical coverage for 60 days - Retiree Option 1 only.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

 

  

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No. 373 - May 18, 2015

To:      Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Annual Enrolment Is Online — From June 1 through July 15, 2015

How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your username

                and password.

Your Benefit Elections — Review/modify your insurance coverage.

Benefit Summaries — Detail of each plan option is available on-line.

Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us.

Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary Update – See attached updates to drug coverage

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

 

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No. 372 - February 25, 2015

To:      Participating Boards, Administrators and Covered Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk – Trustees continue to offer competitive plans.

Marketing of the Plan – Trustees conducted extensive competitive review of the plan.

Premium Rates Released Early to Help with Budgeting – Five months early.

Retiree Plan Monthly Premium Rates – Rates remain unchanged for coming year.

On-line Education Module – Participants and staff can learn more about the five flex options.

Offer all Five Health/Dental Plans – Full choice saves money.

Contacting us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 371 - January 26, 2015

To:      Participating Boards in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Occupational Coverage Overview – What are your school’s needs?

Eligibility – Is provincial coverage voluntary or mandatory?

Integration with CSI Insurance Plan Benefits – Benefits are integrated with individual coverage levels.

Plan Cost and Enrollment for Occupational Coverage, Part-time Employees – Coverage for employees who are not covered by the CSI Insurance Plan.

Occupational Coverage for Co-op Students – Low annual cost for coverage.

Liability Insurance – A note of caution.

Contacting CSI for Support – Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 370 - January  2015

To:     Boards and Administrators of All Member Organizations in Canada

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results – Trends in premium payment policies and eligibility requirements.

FLEX Elections – How schools utilize Flex today.

For More Information – About the Survey and the Benefit Plans.

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 369 - January 5, 2015

To:     All Member Boards and Administrators

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Cost Savings Gained with Our Short-Term Disability Plan – Better benefits for staff, and cost

savings for schools.

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction – How to apply for the savings.

Contact Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions. 


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No. 368 - May 19, 2014

To:      Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Annual Enrolment is Online — From June 2 through July 16, 2014!

How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your username

                and password.

Your Benefit Elections — Review/modify your insurance coverage.

Benefit Summaries — Detail of each plan option is available on-line.

Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 


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No. 367 - April 14, 2014

To:      Participating Boards, Administrators and Covered Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

From Howard's Desk - Trustees continue to offer competitive plans.

Premium Rates Released Early to Help with Budgeting - Five months early.

Plan Design Enhancements - New Benefit Coverages for 2014/15.

New Plan Eligibility Option - 60% of full-time employment.

On-line Education Module - Participants and staff can learn more about the five flex options.

Offer all Five Health/Dental Plans - Full choice provides increased cost efficiencies.

Contact Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.


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No. 366 - March 28, 2014

To:      Participating Boards, Administrators and Covered Employees

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Continuation of Coverage During Work Stoppage – Apply to continue coverage.

General Leave of Absence Guidelines – Guidelines for the most common leaves of absence.

Terminated Employees - Suggested action to take.

Employees No Longer Eligible but Working - Choose one of Manulife's FlexCare options.

Coverage Options Following Termination of Insurance - Several options are available.

Contact Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.


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No. 365 - January 6, 2014

To:      All Member Boards and Administrators

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Cost Savings Gained with Our Short-Term Disability Plan – Better benefits for staff, and cost savings for schools.

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction – How to apply for the savings.

Contact Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions.

 

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No. 364 - January, 2014

To:       Boards and Administrators of All Member Organizations in Canada

From:  Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Survey Results – Trends in premium payment policies and eligibility requirements.

FLEX Elections – How schools utilize Flex today.

For More Information – About the Survey and the Benefit Plans.

Contacting Us for Support – Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

 

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No. 363 - November 27, 2013

To: Participating Boards, Administrators, and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Plan Design Change — New Opt-Out Provision for Employees Having Coverage Elsewhere.

Contract Review Time — Remember to offer Full Flex (All Five Health/Dental Plan Options).

Six New Schools Join in 2013 — $90,000 in Annual Savings for These Schools.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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No. 362 - July 25, 2013

To: Participating Boards, Administrators, and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Optional Critical Illness Coverage — Progressive coverage for you, your spouse and children.

Optional Life Insurance Coverage — Protection for you and your family.

International Student Insurance — Coverage for foreign students at your school.

Taxable Life/AD&D Insurance Premium — Employer-paid Life/AD&D premiums are taxable.

Health Spending Account  — HSAs are available in your plan.

Life Events  — Transferring from the Limited Benefit Plan to Flex.

Employee Assistance Planning  — Schools can offer this benefit for staff and families.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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No. 361 - July 3, 2013

To: Retirees, Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk — New plan design. Solid benefits at a reasonable cost.

Plans Available to Retirees — New lower cost option starting September 1.

Selecting a Different Plan Option — Know the Plan that is right for you.

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2013 — Under Age 65, Age 65 and over.

Premiums Qualify as Eligible Medical Expenses — Potential Medical Tax Credit.

Out of Province Coverage — Emergency medical coverage for 60 days - Retiree Option 1 only.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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 No. 360 - May 28, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Plan Design for the 2014/2015 School Year — We want to hear from you.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. 

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No. 359 - May 20, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Annual Enrolment is Online — From June 1 through July 16, 2013!

How to Access the Online System — Easy, even if you have forgotten your username and password.

Your Benefit Elections — Review/modify your insurance coverage.

Benefit Summaries — Detail of each plan option is available on-line.

Adding or Removing Dependents — Complete the change form and forward to us.

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

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No. 358 - March 15, 2013

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

From Howard’s Desk – Trustees continue to offer competitive plans.

Premium Rates Released Early to Help with Budgeting – Six months early.

2013/2014 Premium Rate Methodology – New calculation on a school by school basis.

Better Benefits for All Schools (Small and Large) – One of the advantages of joining together.

Offer a Choice of Plans – Increased cost efficiencies.

On-line Education Module – Participants and staff can learn more about the five Flex options.

Contacting CSI for Support – Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance.

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No. 357 - February 15, 2013

To: Boards and Administrators, CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies and eligibility requirements. - Read More

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans - Read More

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 356 - January 4, 2013

To: Member Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Cost Savings Gained with CSI Short Term Disability Plan - Better benefits for staff, and cost savings for schools. - Read More

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction - How to apply for the savings. - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

Explanation of Short Term Disability - Read More

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No. 355 - December 21, 2012

To: Participating Schools and Boards
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Group Sickness and Accidental Insurance Plans - Recent Federal Tax Changes - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 354 - June 15, 2012

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2012 - Rates stayed the same! No increase! - Read More

Out of Province Coverage - Emergency medical coverage for 60 days - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 353 - June 1, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

International Student Insurance - New Carrier, Better Coverage, Same Cost! - Read More

Taxable Life Insurance Premiums - Employer-paid premiums are taxable. No changes from 2011. - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 352 - May 21, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Annual Enrolment is Online - From June 1 through July 13, 2012! - Read More

How to Access the Online System - Easy, even if you have forgotten your username and password. - Read More

Your Benefit Elections - Review/modify your insurance coverage. - Read More

Adding or Removing Dependents - Complete the change form and forward to CSI. - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

Read the Full Issue

 

 

No. 351 - April 18, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Continuation of Coverage During Work Stoppage - Apply to continue coverage. - Read More

General Leave of Absence Guidelines - Guidelines for the most common leaves of absence. - Read More

Terminated Employees - Suggested actions to take. - Read More

Employees No Longer Eligible But Working - Choose one of Manulife's FlexCare options. - Read More

Coverage Options Following Termination of CSI Insurance - Several options are available for continuing health, dental, and life insurance after termination. - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 350 - April 12, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

From Howard's Desk - The importance of life insurance. - Read More

Replacing Lost Income - Taking care of your family. - Read More

Stay-at-Home Spouse - If something happened to your spouse, you may need additional financial help. - Read More

Charitable Contributions - Giving back to the community. - Read More

How Much is Enough? - Depends on you, your family's needs and what you want to accomplish. - Read More

CSI Optional Life Insurance Application and Rates - How do I apply and what are the rates? - Read More

Portability - Your Optional Life Insurance is portable! - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 349 - March 2, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

From Howard's Desk - Trustees continue to offer competitive plans! - Read More

Premium Rates Released Early to Help with Budgeting - Rates for 2012/2013 attached. - Read More

Offers a Choice of Plans - Schools can offer a combination of plans! - Read More

Online Education Module - Participants and staff can learn more about the Five Flex Options. - Read More

New Life Event Added - "A change in salary of 20% or more." - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 348 - January 5, 2012

To: Boards and Administrators, CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies and eligibility requirements. - Read More

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans - Read More

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 347 - January 5, 2012

To: CSI Member Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Cost Savings Gained with CSI Short Term Disability - Savings gained by taking advantage of the Employment Insurance Premium Reduction Program 398. - Read More

Employment Insurance Premium Reductions - How you can save. - Read More

Contact CSI Support - Contact CSI if you have questions. - Read More

Short Term Disability - Plan Document extract regarding wage loss replacement provision Reference #M067. - Read More

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No. 346 - September 22, 2011

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Prescription Drug Benefit - Drug reimbursement based on a formulary. - Read More

Optional Critical Illness Coverage - For schools opting out of workers compensation - Read More

International Student Insurance - Coverage for foreign students - Read More

Occupational Coverage For schools opting out of workers compensation. - Read More

Taxable Life Insurance Premium - Employer-paid life premiums are taxable - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 345 - September 8, 2011

To: Boards and Employees Covered by HCSA
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Health Care Spending Accounts - Flexible health care dollars. - Read More

What is Covered? - Reimbursement for expenses not covered by insurance - Read More

Grace Period - You have 60 days to submit claims incurred prior to August 31 - Read More

Credit Carryover - Your HCSA balance carries over for one year - Read More

How to Submit Your HCSA Claim - Claim forms available on Manulife's web site - Read More

Contacting Manulife or CSI for Support - Contact Manulife or CSI for assistance. - Read More

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No. 344 - August 8, 2011

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

New Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2011 - Rates for 2011/2012 - Read More

Out of Province Coverage - Emergency medical coverage for 60 days - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 343 - June 9, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

No Additional Charge for Student Out-of-Country Coverage - Consistent with past years - Read More

Occupational Medical Coverage for Limited Benefit Plan - $20,000 available - Read More

No Evidence Requirement for Transfer from Limited Benefit to Flex - September 1 or Life Event - Read More

HCSA Credits and Uses for Flex 4 and Flex 5 - Amounts and detailed uses - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 342 - May 20, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Annual Enrolment is Online - Online action required between June 1 and July 15, 2011 - Read More

How to Access the Online System - Easy, even if you have forgotten your username and password - Read More

Your Benefit Elections - Review/modify your insurance coverage - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 341 - May 2, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Short Term Disability New Plan Design - Return to work incentive - Read More

Schools Report Earnings Semi-Monthly - Report wages for time worked - Read More

Semi-Monthly Payment Schedule - Participants paid semi-monthly - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 340 - March 17, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

New Plan Design Effective September 1, 2011 - New choices! - Read More

Offer a Choice of Plans - Schools can offer a combination of plans - Read More

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2011 - Rates for 2011/2012 attached - Read More

September 1 Open Enrolment Process! - Enrol online! - Read More

Plan Design Change to Flex 4 - Change to Out-of-Pocket Maximum - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 339 - January 24, 2011

To: Participating Schools and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Short Term Disability - Cost savings gained by having the CSI Short Term Disability Benefit - Read More

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction - How you can save - Read More

Contact CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

Plan Document extract regarding wage loss replacement provision - Reference #M067 - Read More

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No. 338 - December 16, 2010

To: Boards and Administrators, CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies 

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans 

Contact CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance

Read the Full Issue

 

 

No. 337 - August 11, 2010

To: Boards Using International Student Coverage
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Rates for International Student Coverage - Rates reduced! 

Contact CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 336 - August 11, 2010

To: Boards and Employees Covered by HCSA
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Health Care Spending Accounts - Flexible health care dollars 

What is Covered? - Reimbursement for expenses not covered by insurance

Grace Period - You have 60 days to submit claims incurred prior to August 31 

Credit Carryover - Your HCSA balance carries over for one year 

How to Submit Your HCSA Claim - Claim forms available on Manulife's website 

Contacting Maulife or CSI for Support Contact Manulife or CSI for assistance 

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 No. 335 - June 2, 2010

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

New Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2010 - Rates for 2010/2011

Out of Province Coverage - Emergency medical coverage for 60 days 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 334 - May 28, 2010

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2010 - Rates for 2010/2011 attached 

New September 1 Open Enrolment Process! - Enrol online! 

Prescription Drug Benefit - Drug reimbursement based on a formulary 

Optional Critical Illness Coverage - Progressive coverage for extra protection

Health Care Spending Accounts - Pay for expenses not covered by insurance

International Student Insurance - Coverage for foreign students

Occupational Coverage for Schools Opting Out of Workers Compensation - For schools opting out of workers compensation

Disability Benefit Levels - Two levels of benefit available 

Non-Taxable Disability Beneftts - Participant contribuiton amounts

Taxable Life Insurance Premium - Employer-paid life permiums are taxable 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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 No. 333 - May 12, 2010

To: Member Schools and Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Continuation of Coverage During Work Stoppage - Apply to continue coverage

Coverage Options following Termination of CSI Insurance- Several options are available for health, dental, and life coverage 

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance 

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 No. 332 - May 12, 2010

To: Participating Boards in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Occupational Coverage Overview - What are your school's needs? - Read More

Eligibility - Is provincial coverage voluntary or mandatory? - Read More

Integration with CSI Insurance Plan Benefits - Benefits are integrated with individual coverage levels - Read More

Cost and Enrollment for Occupational Coverage, Part-time Employees - Coverage for employees who are not covered by the CSI Insurance Plan - Read More

Occupational Coverage for Co-op Students - Low annual cost for coverage - Read More

Liability Insurance - A note of caution - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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 No. 331 - February 12, 2010

To: Participating Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Short Term Disability - Savings gained by having the CSI Short Term Disability Benefit - Read More

Employment Insurance Premium reduction - How you can save - Read More

Contact CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

Plan Document extract regarding wage loss replacement provision - Reference #M067 - Read More

Read the Full Issue

 

 

 

No. 330 - December 16, 2009

To: Boards and Administrators; CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results - Trens in premium payment policies - Read More

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 329 - September 28, 2009

To: Boards and Employees Covered by HCSA
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Health Care Spending Accounts - Flexible health care dollars - Read More

What is Covered? - Reimbursement for expenses not covered by insurance - Read More

Grace Period - You have 60 days to submit claims incurred prior to August 31 - Read More

Credit Carryover - Your HCSA balance carries over for one year - Read More

How to Submit Your HCSA Claim - Claim forms available on Manulife's web site - Read More

Contacting Manulife or CSI for Support - Contact Manulife or CSI for assistance - Read More

Read the Full Issue

 

 






No. 328 - May 29, 2009

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

New Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2009 - Rates for 2009/2010 - Read More

Out-of-Province Coverage - Emergency medical coverage for 60 days - Read More

Who to Contact at CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 327 - May 22, 2009

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2009 - Rates for 2009/2010 attached - Read More

September 1 Open Enrolment - Your annual opportunity to change coverage - Read More

Prescription Drug Benefit - Drug reimbursement based on a formulary - Read More

Optional Critical Illness Benefit - Progressive coverage for extra protection - Read More

Health Care Spending Accounts - Pay for expenses not covered by insurance - Read More

International Student Insurance - Coverage for foreign students - Read More

Occupational Coverage - For schools opting out of workers compensation - Read More

Disability Benefit Levels - Two levels of benefit available - Read More

Non-Taxable Disability Benefits - Participant contribution amounts - Read More

Taxable Life Insurance Premium - Employer-paid life premiums are taxable - Read More

Who to Contact at CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 326 - March 9, 2009

To: Participating Boards in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Occupational Coverage Overview - What are your school's needs? - Read More

Eligibility - Is provincial coverage voluntary or mandatory? - Read More

Integration with CSI Insurance Plan Benefits - Benefits are integrated with individual coverage levels - Read More

Cost for Part-Time Employees - Coverage for employees who are not covered by the CSI Insurance Plan. - Read More

Coverage for Co-op Students - Low annual cost for coverage - Read More

Liability Insurance - A note of caution. - Read More

Who to Contact at CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance. - Read More

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No. 325 - March 9, 2009

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Short Term Disability - Savings gained by having the CSI Short Term Disability Benefit - Read More

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction - How you can save - Read More

Who to Contact at CSI for Support - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

Plan Document Extract Regarding Wage Loss Replacement Provision - Reference #M067 - Read More

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No. 324 - December 30, 2008

To: Board and Administrators CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer

Survey Results - Trends in premium payment policies - Read More 

For More Information - About the CSI Benefit Plans - Read More 

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More 

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No. 323 - November 21, 2008

To: Participants and Boards Covered by Flex
From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Health Care Spending Accounts - These are a valuable addition to your benefits package! - Read More 

How Does the HCSA Work? - Pre-tax accounts funded by the school. - Read More 

What is Covered? - Pay for expenses not covered by your health or dental plan. - Read More 

Grace Period - You have extra time to submit claims. - Read More 

Credit Carryover - Unused money from one year can be used the next year. - Read More 

How to Submit Your HCSA Claim - Claim forms are conveniently located on the Manulife web site. - Read More 

How to Add the HCSA Benefit for Your School - Contact CSI to add this valuable benefit for your employees. - Read More 

Contact Information for HCSA - Important contact information for assistance. - Read More 

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No. 322 - October 27, 2008

To: Participants and Boards Covered by DTF
From: Howard Van Mersbergen Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary (DTF) - A drug plan with a difference. - Read More

How Does DTF Work? - Two tier drug plan with different reimbursement levels. - Read More

Who Decides What Drugs are Included on the DTF? - Monthly drug reviews by doctors of pharmacy, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. - Read More

What Support is Available to Participants? - Manulife provides a DTF Toolkit. - Read More

Sample DTF Scenario - Sarah can choose the option that best fits her needs. - Read More

Contact Information for DTF - Important contact information for assistance. - Read More

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No. 321 - September 3, 2008

To: Boards and Employees Covered by HCSA
From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Health Care Spending Accounts - Read More

What is Covered? - Read More

Grace Period - Read More

Credit Carryover - Read More

How to Submit Your HCSA Claim - Read More

For More Information - Read More

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No. 320 - June 3, 2008

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Introduction - Read More

Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary (DTF) - Read More

How Does DTF Work? - Read More

Who Decides What Drugs are Included on the DTF? - Read More

What Support will be Available to Participants? - Read More

Sample DTF Scenario - Read More

Drug Coverage Options - Read More

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office - Read More

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No. 319 - May 29, 2008

To: Retirees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

New Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2008

Out-of-Province Coverage

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office

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No. 318 - May 27, 2008

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2008

September 1 Open Enrolment

New Prescription Drug Benefit

Optional Critical Illness Coverage

Health Spending Accounts

International Student Insurance

Occupational Coverage for Schools Opting Out Of Workers Compensation

Disability Benefit Levels

Non-Taxable Disability Benefits

Taxable Life Insurance Premium

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office

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No. 317 - April 24, 2008

To: Boards and Employees Covered by HCSA

From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Health Care Spending Accounds

What is Covered?

Grace Period

Credit Carryover

How to Submit Your HCSA Claim

For More Information

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No. 316 - April 8, 2008

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Announcing a New Benefit! - Read More

Special Enrolment Period until May 31 - Read More

What is Critical Illness Coverage - Read More

Child Critical Illness Coverage - Read More

Why Purchase Critical Illness Coverage? - Read More

How do I Purchase this Coverage? - Read More

Return the Application by May 31 - Read More

For More Information - Read More

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No. 315 - February 8, 2008

To: Participating School Boards

From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction

Employment Insurance Contribution Schedule

Plan Document Extract Regarding Wage Loss Replacement Provision

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No. 314 - February January 7, 2008

To: Boards and Administrators, CSI Member Organizations in Canada

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary Treasurer 

Survey Results

For More Information

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
No. 313 - May 29, 2007

To: Member Schools (Non-Participating)
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2007 - Read More

CSI Insurance Plan Benefits - Read More

Required Number of Hours for Eligibility - Read More

Health Spending Accounts - Read More

Retiree Coverage - Read More

International Student Insurance - Read More

Occupational Coverage for Schools Opting Out of Workers Compensation - Read More

Disability Benefit Levels - Read More

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office - Read More

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No. 312 - May 29, 2007

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

New Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2007 - Read More

Out-of-Province coverage Change - Read More

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office Read More

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No. 311 - May 25, 2007

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

September 1 Open Enrolment - Read More

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2007 - Read More

Required Number of Hours for Eligibiltiy - Read More

Health Spending Accounts - Read More

Retiree Coverage - Read More

International Student Insurance - Read More

Occupational Coverage for Schools Opting Out of Workers Compensation - Read More

Disability Benefit Levels - Read More

Non-Taxable Disability Benefits - Read More

Taxable Life Insurance Premium - Read More

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office - Read More

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No. 310 - February 26, 2007

To: Participating Boards and Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Masters of Social Work - Read More

Contination of Coverage During Work Stoppage - Read More

Coverage Option Following Termination of CSI Insurance Read More

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No. 309 - January 24, 2007

To: Participating School Boards
From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Employment Insurance Premium Reduction - Read More

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No. 308 - January 22, 2007

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Out of Province/Out of Canada Coverage - Read More

Update on Trustee’s Analysis - Read More

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No. 307 - January 15, 2007

To: Boards and Administrators; CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Survey Results - Read More

For More Information - Read More

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No. 306 - October 2, 2006

To: Boards and Administrators; CSI Member Organizations in Canada

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

International Student Insurance - Read More

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No. 305 - September 27, 2006

To: Boards and Administrators; CSI Member Organizations in Canada
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

International Student Insurance - Read More

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No. 304 - September 18, 2006

To: Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Details on the CSI Canada Retiree Insurance Plan - Read More

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No. 303 - May 25, 2006

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Premium Rates Effective September 1, 2006 - Read More

September 1 Open Enrolment - Read More

Health Spending Accounts - Read More

Occupational Coverage for Schools Opting Out of Workers Compensation - Read More

Disability Benefit Levels - Read More

Non-Taxable disability Benefits - Read More

Taxable Life Insurance Premium - Read More

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Read More

CSI Group Payroll Plan - Read More

Contacting the CSI Benefits Office - Read More

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No. 302 - March 31, 2006

To: Participating Boards and Covered Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Overview - Read More

Plan Structure for 2006/2007 - Read More

Cost Containment - Read More

Occupational Coverage for Schools Opting Out of Workers Compensation - Read More

Healthcare Spending Accounts (HSA) - Read More

Contacting Manulife Financial - Read More

Contacting CSI - Read More

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No. 301 - February 17, 2006

To: Participating School Boards; Participants and Retirees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Plan Book for the CSI Insurance Plan - Read More

Contact Information - Read More

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No. 300 - February 7, 2006

To: Participating School Boards and Participants
From: Howard Van Mersbergen

Deadline for Submitting Claims to Sunlife - Read More

Sunlife Contact Information - Read More

Contacting CSI - Read More

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