New SVMA Group Insurance & Benefits Plan for members

 
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NEW!  SVMA GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE & BENEFITS PLAN FOR MEMBERS

In recent months, the SVMA office staff has been investigating ways to enhance member wellness. Augmenting wellness support services was explored. The Member Wellness Support Program, which currently consists of four hours per year of free professional counselling for all active member DVMs and RVTs, was compared to other wellness packages for costs and benefits. We determined that our Member Wellness Support Program, in its existing form, is still the best type of service for our members who want wellness support. Interestingly, we also determined something else - that better promoting member wellness lay not in changing our wellness support program. The time has come to design a group health insurance and benefits plan that is beneficial to the entire Association of 1170 Members.

We asked our experienced insurance advisors Don Cole and Ken Dornan to research and develop a group health benefits plan that would be beneficial to all of our 1170+ veterinarians and veterinary technologists. Don and Ken found and consulted with a major insurer and benefits provider, Saskatchewan Blue Cross.  The SVMA office has worked with our advisors and Saskatchewan Blue Cross to refine and develop a plan that will be of value to all of our members - DVM, RVT, practising, non-practising, in-clinic or independent.

Did you know:

•  42% of SK veterinary practices do not currently offer employee health benefits to their RVTs and staff.

•  Clinics with smaller staff numbers have higher rates, and premiums jump as a result of claims by plan users.

•  144 SVMA members are in independent practice and 84 of our members are retired or for some other reason non-practising. Individual packages are the most expensive of all types of coverage.

Group Health Plan (GHP) Highlights

Purchasing PowerThe buying power of our GHP allows for lower administration costs than most plans offered in the marketplace.  Cost/benefit comparisons using the same or similar plan designs were made using real data taken from veterinary clinics with existing group benefit plans.  Comparative annual savings for these veterinary clinics ranged between 2% and 39%.

Benefit Options
The GHP was designed specifically for the Saskatchewan veterinary profession. The plan encompasses all the best benefits available in other group plan formats - life insurance, critical illness, short and long term disability, extended health, dental care and vision care.  As a practice owner, there are also attractive ancillary benefits available for you and your employees.

Rate Stability
Large pooled groups like ours are able to sustain high and low claiming periods, which leads to rate stability over time. Your benefits will be renewed the same time every year, beginning on January 1, 2019.


Voluntary Enrolment
Enrolment in the GHP is voluntary for all SVMA members. For clinic owners who choose to provide benefits for their employees, all of their employees who work 20+ hours per week must be enrolled in the GHP.


Conversion Program
Any plan participant (members or employees of members) who terminate their membership and coverage in the GHP are able to transition to an individual health and dental plan from Saskatchewan Blue Cross regardless of their health. This means that whether you retire or end employment for any reason, you are entitled to purchase an individual health and dental plan from Saskatchewan Blue Cross without having to provide medical evidence if applying within 31 days of your termination of GHP coverage.

A Local Company
Saskatchewan Blue Cross is local to the province. All inquiries about claims, benefits and eligibility will be responded to locally, accurately and in a timely manner.  The Saskatchewan Blue Cross Contact Centre is located in Saskatoon.