Feds Penalize Canada Life Over Lag in Healthcare Coverage

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In response to mounting grievances from public servants, retirees, and their families over delayed medical claim coverage, the Canadian government has initiated financial sanctions against Canada Life. The move comes after months of frustration and outcry from individuals struggling to have their medical expenses covered.

The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has confirmed that it is taking action to address the startup delays experienced by Canada Life and has begun implementing financial consequences as outlined in the contract.

While specific details regarding the nature of the sanctions have not been disclosed, the government is making it clear that it is holding Canada Life accountable for its service shortcomings.

Public Servants Feel the Pinch as Insurer Faces Sanctions Amid Delays

Public Servants Living, Travelling Abroad Criticize ‘Enormous’ Delays With Health Plan (Credits: Getty Images)

The issues stem from the transition of responsibility for the public service health insurance plan from Sun Life to Canada Life on July 1, 2023. Despite a six-month transitional period, many individuals have reported significant delays and obstacles in accessing their healthcare benefits under the new provider.

Numerous public servants have voiced their frustrations over prolonged wait times, difficulty reaching customer service representatives, and claims being denied without explanation.

Organizations representing public servants, such as the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAPSO), have expressed disappointment with Canada Life’s failure to uphold its contractual obligations.

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While Canada Life asserts that early challenges related to the transition have been resolved, individuals continue to face issues, particularly with coverage outside of Canada. Despite the imposition of sanctions, concerns remain regarding the adequacy of healthcare coverage, especially for those living or traveling abroad.

In response to the ongoing crisis, unions representing public servants are  experiencing legal remedies to compel the government to address the healthcare coverage deficiencies. Grievances have been filed, demanding compensation for the harm caused by the chaotic transition.

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The government reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the highest quality of service for public servants’ healthcare plans and emphasizes ongoing efforts to hold Canada Life accountable and improve service delivery.

Meanwhile, Canada Life and its subcontractor MSH International are working to expedite claims processing and enhance customer support to meet the demands of affected individuals.

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