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Ford Health
Care Benefit
Booklet
Nov 2016

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Ford Benefit
Update Letter
Sent Jan 2017
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Benefit Booklet
September 2012

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Pension Booklet
September 2012

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Life Insurance
Booklet
September 2012

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Ford Collective
Agreement
Effective
Sept 24, 2012

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Government
Benefit Rates

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Benefit
Forms
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Benefit Booklet
October 2009

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Legal Services
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Ford Collective
Agreement
Effective
2008

BENEFIT INDEX

Ford Benefit
Update Letter
Sent Jan 2017

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Ford Health
Care Benefit
Booklet
Nov 2016

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Ford Pension
Funding letter
Received
June 2016

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Ford Optional
Life Insurance
Jan 2016 Letter
Increases to
Retiree
Premiums
Negotiated
in 2012

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Benefits to Ford
Retirees who
choose to make
their permanent
home in the USA

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Ford Pension
Funding letter
Received
June 2015

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Ford Pension
Funding letter
Received
July 2014

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Ontario Insulin
Syringes for Seniors
Program – GSC
Coordination

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October Benefit
Report from
Michelle Harvey

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Pension Funding Progress Report Letter June 2013
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Keep Track of
your Heathcare
Quarterly
Contributions

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GOVERNMENT BENEFITS 2013
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Ford Letter
Ending Health
Care Deductions
Nov 2012

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Recent Contract
Changes to the
CAW-Ford 2012
Agreement for
Retirees

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2012
CPP & OAS
Forms & Info

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2012 Government Benefit Rates
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Tax reporting of
the Ford Health
care premiums

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2011 Government Benefit Rates

October 2009 Ford-CAW Addendum Language to the 2008 Collective Agreement

Great Glasses violates Act according to Green Shield

New Medical Requirements
for Cuban visitors
Effective May 1, 2010

Ford Pension
Funding Letter March 25, 2010

Ontario Sales Tax
Transition Benefit

Update on the Ford/CAW
Health Care Contributions

Retiree Car
Voucher

Government
Benefits
2010

Ford/CAW Pension Funding Update

CPP & OAS
2009 Guide

Contact Ford
of Canada

New Vehicle Purchase Program

2009 Government Benefit rates

2008 Benefit Changes for New Contract

New Retiree 2008 Vehicle Discount Program

Green Shield
Out of Province
Name Change

Green Shield has
removed natural
health products
from the formulary
as of April 1/08

Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) stops paying for over 30 antibiotic generic products

Green Shield Forms

Legal Services Plan

2008 Government Benefits

OHIP will cover cost of PSA tests by 2009

Calcium Supplements No Longer covered on our Benefits

2007 Tax Changes to Pension Income Splitting

2005 Benefit
Contract Changes

 

 

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Benefits

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2016 Benefit
Booklet

2012 Benefits Book

2012 Benefit
Booklet

2012 Benefits Book

2012 Pension
Booklet

Pension Booklet

 

 

Important Numbers 

Unifor Local 584
Benefit Office:

Benefit Rep: Claudio Parise
(905) 454-6074
Email: cparise@ford.com

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To Contact
Green Shield:

1-888 - 711-1119

Travel Assistance
A call to Travel Assistance should be made immediately after the emergency
1-800-936-6226 USA
or
1-519-742-3556 elsewhere
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To Contact
Ford of Canada:

The Canadian Road
P.O. Box 2000
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 5E4

Karen Rebello
Bramalea, Niagara &
St Thomas Retirees
(905) 845-2511
Ext 1127

Oakville Assembly Retirees
Phyllis Spagnuolo
905-845-2511
Ext 3630
Debbie Hughes
Ext 2190

Windsor Operations
Lynda Cook
519-257-4218

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CAW Legal Sevices

Toronto Office

1-800-268-7573

416- 960-4210

Brampton Office

905-790-6400

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AXZ Ford Vehicle Plan

1-800-828-7870

Web Log-in

 

 

 

 

Benefits to Ford Retirees
who choose to make their
permanent home in the USA

August 21, 2015

Currently we have BCBS of Michigan for retirees who choose to make their permanent home in the US. The level of coverage is not as comprehensive as that which we enjoy as a Canadian citizen. It provides limited basic hospital, medical, surgical benefits. This coverage is provided as a courtesy to retirees and is administered through Ford U.S. by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

Once a Retiree has moved to the U.S., some of the coverage through Greenshield will continue. Services obtained anywhere in the world for drugs, dental, vision should be honored at the Canadian fee schedules. A claim would need to be submitted directly to Greenshield and a reimbursement (if applicable) will be made in Canadian dollars.

Some of the other health benefits with Greenshield would be kept in force, but some of them will not since the retiree would no longer be a resident in Canada and no longer have Provincial coverage. For example the "Long Term Care Facility Benefits" will not be available under Greenshield since it requires the member to have Provincial coverage and be in a Long Term Care Facility in Ontario. The Travel Assistance card will not apply as Provincial coverage is required. The Greenshield card (for purchase of drugs) cannot be used at drugstores in the United States. Prescription drugs would need to be paid for first, then, the retiree would need to submit to Greenshield for reimbursement. The approval of drugs between the two countries is different.

The benefits otherwise provided through Greenshield to Ford of Canada bargaining unit employees and retirees should continue to be available, but not those tied to Provincial coverage.

Ford pension payments would be payable in Canadian dollars. Payment cannot be deposited in a U.S. bank, but a pension cheque can be mailed directly to the home or can continue to be deposited to a Canadian bank. Canadian taxation hold back would be taken.

It is important to understand employee benefits available through Company plans to non-residents of Canada do not mirror those available to a Canadian resident.

 

 Benefit Forms       

 Legal Services
   
     

2012 Benefit Booklet

(Most recent release)

2012 Pension Booklet
(Most recent Release)

2015
Government
Benefit Rates

2014 Government
Benefits


Ford/Green Shield
Out Of Province
Coverage Brochure
(Click below)


BROCHURE


 

 

Keep Track of
your Heathcare
Quarterly Contributions

Download & Print Calendar

Healthcare Contribution Calendar - over 65

Contributions are $46.60 per quarter = $186.40 per Year

Healthcare Contribution Calendar - under 65
Contributions are $97.20 per quarter = $388.80 per Year

Plan out your health care expenses and possibly
save money. If you don't use or minimumize your
benefit spending in one or more of the annual
quarters you will not be billed for that period or
if used be billed a lesser amount.

Get Example of Calculation Here

*Please note that the drug co-payment ($310)
is in addition to the above contributions

To get up to date information on
your Green Shield benefit account
Login here

 

Ontario Insulin Syringes for Seniors Program – GSC Coordination

The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) provides coverage for diabetic needles and syringes to all insulin-dependent Ontario residents age 65 or older through the Ontario Insulin Syringes for Seniors Program in the form of an annual grant of $170. Effective January 1, 2014, GSC will begin coordinating coverage with the government program and will no longer be covering the first $170 of diabetic needle and syringe claims each year for those eligible for the grant.

Claimants identified by GSC as eligible to receive the grant will be mailed a letter starting in October advising of the grant and how to apply prior to January 1, 2014. New claimants (on or after January 1, 2014) will also receive a letter from GSC advising of the program, including instructions on how to apply for the grant. In the meantime, GSC will continue to reimburse claims as usual.

Registration for the grant is simple and plan members do not have to go to their doctor to complete the grant application.

GSC will only request that plan members notify us if they are denied the grant by ADP.

 

 

 

Car Purchase
 

 

Green Shield – Personalized Online Services


You can set up your own online account with Green Shield which allows you to access to all of your benefit coverage’s, statements, dependents, eligibility, personalized claim forms, service providers and even sign up for direct deposit.

To sign up click here to go to a screen that is titled Plan Members online services, click on the green register button and fill in the form.
You will need your Green Shield number.

  

Recent Contract Changes
to the CAW-Ford 2012
Agreement for Retirees

OCTOBER 2012

Pensions

There will be no increases to the retirees monthly pensions during the 4 year life of this agreement. PCOLA continues to be suspended.

Dental

Dental fee schedule has been updated (Effective Jan 1, 2013) to 2011 rates (from 2008) and will lag 2 years behind until 2016 when the rate will be at 2014 fee schedule. Also dental implants will covered up to the cost of bridge work (payable at 50% of the allowable charge) on or after January 1, 2013.

Ford Health Care Contribution

There is no increase in the Ford Health Care Contribution however the process of collection will change. Starting on January 1st. 2013 in order to reduce or eliminate subscribers from being accidentally dropped from the plan for non-payment the process will now be a quarterly charge of $97.20 (under 65) and $48.60 (over 65) collected from your first use of any medical benefit and continues for each use until that amount is paid during that quarter. If you do not use the system in the quarter no charge will be implemented. (The Ford/CAW bargaining report on page 5 had the contributions as being every 6 months which was an error and should read quarterly) Bank account deductions will be eliminated December 31, 2012. (Heath Care Contributions will not apply to Out of Province or Long term Care claims)

Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs charges and deductables will be status quo. Co-pay remains at 10% to a maximum of $310.00. Because of tax implications, all over the counter drugs (except life sustaining drugs and diabetic meters) will no longer be a covered benefit effective January 1, 2013.

Over the counter drugs that have been eliminated (Click Here)

Over the counter drugs that are still covered (Click Here)

Long Term Care Coverage (Nursing Home)

Effective January 1st. 2014 long term care coverage will be reduced again from the current $1200 per month to $800. Anyone in the program prior to the effective date will stay at the old rate and will be grandfathered in.

Out of Province

Out of province coverage remains unchanged.

** It should be noted that Semi-private hospital coverage was eliminated in 2009 negotiations.

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For any other questions or concerns please call Benefit Rep Claudio Parise at (905) 454-6074

 

CANADA PENSION PLAN
Click Links Below

2012 C.P.P. Application Form

Old Age Security (OAS) Program

2012 O.A.S Application Form

Do you have a question about the Old Age Security program? The following frequently asked questions might help:

 

 

Contact information for the Old Age Security program:

 

 

2012 Govern Benefits

 

2010 Tax reporting of the
Health care premiums


• Ford Retirees should have received a statement from
Morneau providing payment confirmation of these premiums.

The Health care premium is an medical expense and can be reported on your Income Tax Return on line 330 of Schedule 1.

 

GOVERNMENT
            BENEFITS 2011            

as of January 1, 2011

Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan

CPP

QPP

            1. Contribution Rate 

4.95%

4.95%

            2. Year’s maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE)

$48,300.00

$48,300.00

            3. Basic exemption

$3,500.00

$3,500.00

4.      Maximum premiums for employees
Maximum premiums for self-employed

$2,217.60
$4,435.20

$2,217.60
$4,435.20

            5. Retirement Benefits (maximum for new recipient)

$960.00

$960.00

            6. Lump Sum Death Benefit (max.)

$2,500.00

$2,500.00

            7. Disability (max.)

$1,153.37

$1,153.34

            8. Dependent children’s benefit

$218.50

$69.38

            9. Surviving spouse 65 and over (max.)

$576.00

$576.00

            10. Surviving spouse under 65 (max.)
                  Surviving spouse 45-64 (max.)
                  Surviving spouse under 45 (max.) - not disabled, no child
                                                                    - not disabled, with child
                                                                    - disabled

$529.09
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

N/A
$433.34
$110.98
$402.35
$433.34


Unemployment Insurance (E.I.)

Canada
(excl. Quebec)

Quebec

          1. Annual insurable earnings (max.)

$44,200.00

$44,200.00

          2. Premiums – annual maximum (employee)
               Premiums – annual maximum (employer)

$786.76
$1,101.46

$623.22
$872.51

          3. Benefits – weekly maximum (55% of insurable earnings)

$468.00

$468.00

 

Old Age Security (effective January 1, 2011–adjusted quarterly)

Maximum Monthly

          1. Old Age Security

$524.23
$661.69
$961.18
$1,065.45

          2. Guaranteed Income Supplement

          3. Spouse’s allowance (Age 60-64)

          4. Widowed spouse’s allowance (Age 60-64)



 

October 2009 Ford-CAW Addendum Language to the 2008 Collective Agreement

Click here for language updates

This extends the current collective agreement by one year to September 17, 2012

 

Cuban Travel Requirements

Confirmation of Travel insurance policy required

Effective May 1, 2010, the Republic of Cuba is requiring all travellers to possess a travel insurance policy (covering medical expenses) that has been issued by an insurance entity recognized in Cuba.

Green Shield-Cuba Travel Requirements Letter (Click Here)

Confirmation Of Policy (Mondial Assistance) Requirement (Click Here)




GREEN SHIELD CLAIM SUBMISSION FORMS
Click on the Form to print or download
(Acrobat reader required)



CPP, Disability, OAS

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
Please visit sections of the Social Development Canada website for detailed information about the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

For information about general retirement benefits, please go to the CPP general benefits section.

For information about CPP Disability eligibility and benefits, please go to the CPP Disability section.

Old Age Security Program (OAS)
The Old Age Security (OAS) program, the cornerstone of Canada’s retirement income system, provides you with a modest pension at age 65 if you have lived in Canada for at least 10 years. If you are a low-income earner, you may be eligible for other benefits as early as age 60.

For detailed OAS information, please visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s OAS website.

 

Ontario Ministry of Revenue

Ontario Sales Tax
Transition Benefit

As part of Ontario's new comprehensive tax package, the Ontario Sales Tax Transition Benefit provides temporary relief to Ontarians to help ensure a smooth transition to the new sales tax system. The benefit will be paid by three tax free installments in the form of direct deposit or cheques sent to eligible recipients in June 2010, December, 2010 and June 2011.

Learn more about the Ontario Sales Tax Transition Benefit (Click Here).




Update on the Ford/CAW
Health Care Contributions

Updated Feb 4, 2010

Letters now to be mailed week of February 1st

Here is a copy of the letter that you will receive:

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Ford du Canada Limitée

Dear Member,

Re: Ford Health Care Contribution (Ford H/C CTB)

As you may be aware, Ford of Canada and the CAW recently completed an addendum to the 2008 Collective Agreement which extends the current collective agreement by one year to September 17, 2012.

As part of this addendum, effective January 1, 2010 a Health Care Contribution came into effect as follows:

• Employees and retirees under age 65 will pay $30.00 per month
• Employees and retirees who are 65 or older will pay $15.00 per month
• Surviving spouses will pay $15.00 per month

The Provinces of Ontario and Quebec charge sales tax for health care contributions. Residents in Ontario will be subject to an 8% Retail Sales Tax, and residents in Quebec will be subject to a 9% Quebec Sales Tax.

Collection of this contribution will begin on March 15, 2010. Your first contribution in March will include the contributions for January, February and March. In April, your contribution will be the regular monthly amount.

For your convenience, a pre-authorized debit from your bank account will be used to collect your Health Care Contribution on or about the 15th of each month. To sign up, please complete the enclosed Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) Agreement and ensure it is received by the Ford Benefits Centre by February 16, 2010.

There are two ways to return the Agreement to the Ford Benefits Centre:

• Fax to 1-877-891-5369

• Mail to the Ford Benefits Centre:


Ford Benefits Centre
895 Don Mills Road, Suite 700
One Morneau Sobeco Centre
Toronto, ON M3C 1W3


Please note that failure to make the required contributions will result in cancellation of health care coverage.

Additional information regarding pre-authorized debits is enclosed. Should you have any questions regarding your contributions, please contact the Ford Benefits Centre at 1-866-376-9501.

Sincerely,
Ford Benefits Centre
1-866-376-9501

*To download forms and FAQ please Click Here

* Please note that you should wait for your
personalized copy before sending anything back.

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The Cost of coverage per Retiree per month will be:

Under Age 65 - $30 per month plus tax of $2.40

Over age 65 - $15 per month plus tax of $1.20

Surviving Spouses will pay $15.00 a month plus tax of $1.20

* These fees are only for the subscribers and not their dependents.

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Other Recent Benefit Changes

The 10% drug co-pay for out of pocket
maximum expenses will be $270 as of Jan 1, 2010

The Drug Dispensing fee has been reduced to
$9.00 per prescription from $11.00 as of Jan 1, 2010

Semi-Private Hospital coverage has
been eliminated as of late last year.

Reimbursement levels for Dental will remain
at the 2008 Ontario dental Association (ODA)
fee guide for the duration of the agreement.

Long Term Care has been set to a maximum
of $1,200 per month for new entrants as of Jan 1, 2010.

The $2,600 New Car Discount Program
Has been discontinued as of December 31, 2009




Retiree Car Voucher

Employees that retired from the company following the effective date of the 2008 collective agreement, and with a car voucher incentive, will have until the extended expiration date (September 17, 2012) to use the car voucher.

Updated Feb 2010

 

GOVERNMENT
            BENEFITS 2010            

as of January 1, 2010

Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan

CPP

QPP

            1. Contribution Rate 

4.95%

4.95%

            2. Year’s maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE)

$47,200.00

$47,200.00

            3. Basic exemption

$3,500.00

$3,500.00

            4.  Maximum premiums for employees
                 Maximum premiums for self-employed

$2,163.15
$4,326.30

$2,163.15
$4,326.30

            5. Retirement Benefits (maximum for new recipient)

$934.17

$934.17

            6. Lump Sum Death Benefit (max.)

$2,500.00

$2,500.00

            7. Disability (max.)

$1,126.76

$1,126.73

            8. Dependent children’s benefit

$214.85

$68.22

            9. Surviving spouse 65 and over (max.)

$560.50

$560.50

            10. Surviving spouse under 65 (max.)
                  Surviving spouse 45-64 (max.)
 Surviving spouse under 45 (max.) - not disabled, no child
 - not disabled, with child
  - disabled

$516.57
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

N/A
$426.10
$109.12
$395.62
$426.10


Unemployment Insurance (E.I.)

Canada
(excl. Quebec)

Quebec

          1. Annual insurable earnings (max.)

$43,200.00

$43,200.00

          2. Premiums – annual maximum (employee)
               Premiums – annual maximum (employer)

$747.36
$1,046.30

$587.52
$822.53

          3. Benefits – weekly maximum (55% )

$457.00

$457.00


O.A.S. (effective January 1, 2010–adjusted quarterly)

Maximum Monthly

          1. Old Age Security

$516.96
$652.51
$947.86
$1,050.68

          2. Guaranteed Income Supplement

          3. Spouse’s allowance (Age 60-64)

          4. Widowed spouse’s allowance (Age 60-64)


 

Ford/CAW Pension
Funding Update

The CAW/Ford Council has agreed to allow the company to extend their funding from 5 to 10 years as requested in their letter to Retirees sent in August 2009.

The Ford Council is recommending that you do not send the reply letter back.

A no reply signifies that you are in agreement with this proposal

Ford Council
September 15, 2009




Benefit Update

Benefit Audits

When a retiree or surviving spouse receives an audit to be completed for continuance of benefits it is imperative that they provide the information required and send it back as soon as possible.

Address Changes

Make sure that your current address is up to date with Ford and the Union as some retirees/spouses have had their coverage terminated as the audits have never been received. Also you will not receive any important correspondence from both Local 584 and Ford.

New Vehicle Purchases

This is a reminder that all retirees are eligible for an additional negotiated *$2,600.00 discount on top of all other new car programs once during this agreement*.

If they have any questions please contact Sharon Burton in the Benefit office at (905) 454-6074.

*This $2,600.00 Discount has been discontinued as of December 31, 2009

 

 

 

 

Benefit Audits

When a retiree or surviving spouse receives an audit to be completed for continuance of benefits it is imperative that they provide the information required and send it back. If they have any questions please contact the Sharon Burton in the Benefit office at (905) 454-6074.

 

  Changes to Benefit Plan

Ford letter to Employees and Retirees
February 3, 2009

Click here




New Vehicles

*The $2,600 Automotive Discount Program
Has been discontinued as of December 31, 2009

Plus

 

 

2009 Gov't Benefit Rates
Canada & Quebec Pension Plan
CPP
QPP
1.  Contribution Rate  
4.95%
4.95%
2.  Year's max pensionable earnings  
$46,300.00
$46,300.00
3.  Basic exemption
$3,500.00
$3,500.00
4. Maximum premiums for employees
$2,118.60
$2,118.60
Maximum premiums for self-employed
$4,237.20
$4,237.20
5.  Benefits (maximum for new recipient)
$908.75
$908.75
Pension age 60 (Increased 6% per year)
$636.13
$636.13
6.  Lump Sum Death Benefit (max.)
$2,500.00
$2,500.00
7.  Disability (max.)
$1,105.99
$1,105.96
8.  Dependent children's benefit
$213.99
$67.95
9.  Surviving spouse 65 and over (max.)
$545.25
$545.25
10. Surviving spouse under 65 (max.)
$506.38
-
Surviving spouse 55-64 (max.)
-
$745.77
Surviving spouse under 55 (max.)
-
$745.77
Old Age Security (effective Jan 1, 2009 - adjusted quarterly)

1.  Old Age Security
-
$516.96
2.  Guaranteed income supplement (max.) 
- single
$652.51
   
- couple
-
3.  Max spouse's allowance (Age 60-64)
-
$947.86
4.  Max widowed spouse's allowance (Age 60-64)
-
$1,050.68
Unemployment Insurance (E.I.)
 
Canada
Quebec     
1.  Annual insurable earnings (maximum)
$42,300.00
$42,300.00
2.  Premiums - annual max (employee)
$731.79
$583.74
Premiums - annual maximum (employer) 
$1,024.51
$817.24
3.  Benefits - weekly maximum (55% of insurable earnings)            
$447.00
$447.00

 

New Prescription
Drug Co-pay

Effective January 1, 2009
The prescription drug co-pay for
actives and retirees will increase to
10% per prescription with a maximum
per family of $250 for the 2009 year.

Once the yearly maximum is reached the retiree will not be required to pay any deductibles till the new year starts again.

2009 - $250/Family/Year
2010 - $270/Family/Year
2011 - $290/Family/Year

For retirees over 65
who are on the Ontario Drug Plan (ODB)
The first $100 that the government
takes will be reimbursed to you
through your Green Shield Plan,
minus the 10% co-pay ($10).

After this you will be required to pay 10% of the dispensing fee for each prescription which presently is $6.11 which works out to be $0.61

 

2008 BENEFIT CHANGES

The following are changes to
our benefits that will take effect on
October 1, 2008:

Chiropractic care- annual maximum
increased $15 to $465

Psychologist- annual maximum
increased $25 to $625

Vision care (available every 24
months)- increased $20 in each
category:
o Single vision: from $200 - $220
o Bifocal: from $255 - $275
o Multi-focal: from $325 to $345
o Contacts: from $210 to $230

Eye examination coverage
increased $20 to $85.

New vehicle purchase plan- See below

Starting January 1, 2009
The prescription drug co-pay for
actives and retirees will increase to
10% per prescription with a maximum
cap per year.

2009 - $250/Family/Year
2010 - $270/Family/Year
2011 - $290/Family/Year

For retirees over 65
and are on the Ontario drug plan
the first $100 that the government
takes will still be reimbursed to you
through your Green Shield plan,
minus the 10 percent co-pay. After this you will be required to pay 10% of the dispensing fee for each prescription which presently is $6.11 which works out to be $0.61

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Effective January 1, 2009 the
maximum rate of coverage for long
term
care will be $1,543.95 per
month for new entrants. Current
residents of long term care facilities
will be exempt from this and will
continue at the previously capped
semi-private rate. If a member of
your family is strongly considering
entering a long term care facility it
may be advantageous to do so
before January 1, 2009 to take
advantage of the current coverage
of $1,725 per month.

 


New Vehicle Discount Program!* Discontinued

During 2008 negotiations, the parties discussed an employee automotive discount purchase program.

The parties agreed to implement an automotive discount program consisting of the following features:


  • *$2,600.00 discount for eligible retirees from the Retiree New Vehicle Purchase Plan price on eligible vehicles. *This has been discontinued as of December 31, 2009

  • Applicable to ONE (1) purchase or lease made on or after October 1, 2008 and during the term of the 2008 Collective Agreement only.

  • Eligible vehicles are new vehicles assembled in North America eligible under the Employee/Retiree New Vehicle Purchase Plan.

  • Eligible retirees are retirees (or their surviving spouses) who are receiving a normal, early (regular or special), or disability retirement benefit at the time of the purchase or lease.

  • The $2,600.00 New Vehicle Discount Program is NOT combinable with the $35,000.00 Car Voucher Program.

 

World Access
Canada -
Name Change

Green Shield

Please be advised of the following for Out of Province Coverage:

June 5, 2008

World Access Canada - Name Change

Effective June 1, 2008 World Access will be known as Mondial Assistance.

The immediate impact will be:

   All Call Centre and Claims staff will answer OP questions in the same  manner as now except they will refer plan members to Mondial Assistance as of Monday June 2.

   World Access will continue to answer their phones as follows: "Green Shield Canada Travel Assistance"  when the calls come in on the Green

   Shield Canada line.  If calls come in on their general line they will answer: "Mondial Assistance - formerly World Access."  All of their claim forms and explanation of benefits (EOB's) will now refer to Mondial Assistance.  An insert communication explaining the change will be included.  This will continue for six months.

   Going forward, there will not be any changes required to Green Shield Canada ID cards since they refer to 'Green Shield Canada Travel Assistance Group.'

   The Mondial/WAC phone number will not change.

   If there are booklets with a reference to WAC they will be changed as new ones are requested.

Green Shield Prepaid Services

 

 

Green Shield has removed natural health products from the formulary as of April 1/08

What are Natural Health Products (NHPs)?
Vitamins and minerals
Herbal remedies
Homeopathic medicines
Traditional medicines (such as traditional Chinese medicines)
Probiotics
Other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids

How are NHPs regulated?
Because NHPs were not strictly regulated, some of them were assigned DINs and were therefore included in some GSC drug plans.

Under new regulations, NHP products which had previously been assigned DINs are now to be assigned NPNs (Natural Product Numbers) rendering them ineligible for reimbursement because they are no longer classified as drugs.

 

 

 

More Information on
ODB antibiotic drug delisting

NOT A BENEFIT LISTED BRAND
(Dispensed for
ODB recipients)
      Amoxicillin 250mg
Capsule           
Novamoxin 250mg
              Capsule                                 
                    
       Amoxicillin 500mg
Capsule           
Novamoxin 500mg   
            Capsule                                 
                            
       Amoxicillin 25mg/mL
Oral liquid        
      
Novamoxin 25mg/mL
Oral liquid
  Amoxicillin 50mg/mL
Oral liquid            
Novamoxin 25mg/mL
Oral liquid                  
                      
    Cefaclor 250mg
Capsule      
Apo-Cefaclor 250mg  
Capsule                         
      Cefaclor 500mg
Capsule        
             
Apo - Cefaclor
500mg Capsule          
   
       Cephalexin 250mg
Tablet                
                
Apo-Cephalex
250mg Tablet          
                          
         Cephalexin 500mg  
Tablet                
               
Apo-Cephalex
500mg Tablet           
                           
      Cloxacillin 250mg      
Capsule                  
 
Novo-Cloxin 250mg
Capsule
      Cloxacillin 500mg        
Capsule                  
Novo-Cloxin 500mg
Capsule  
         
     Cloxacillin 25mg/mL
Oral liquid             
      
Novo-Cloxin 25mg/mL
Oral liquid
           
   Penicillin V-K 60mg/mL
oral liquid 
     
Novo-Pen-VK-500
60mg/mL O/L   
                       
  Penicillin V-K
300mg Tablet      
Novo-Pen-VK-500
300mg Tablet                            
                      
 Cefaclor 25mg/mL 
Oral liquid 
   
Apo-Cefaclor 25mg/mL
Oral liquid
        
Cefaclor 50mg/mL
Oral liquid  
   
Apo-Cefaclor 50mg/mL
Oral liquid
Cefaclor 375mg/5mL
Oral liquid
Ceclor 375mg/5ml
Oral liquid   
                      
Cephalexin 125
25mg/mL
Oral liquid
Novo-Lexin 25mg/mL
Oral liquid
Cephalexin
50mg/mL
Oral liquid  
Novo-Lexin 50mg/mL
Oral liquid

 

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Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) stops paying for over 30 antibiotic generic products

January 18, 2008

Ever since the introduction of Ontario's Transparent Drug System for Patients Act, 2006, the landscape continues to change, creating a 2-tier system between the private and public sector. Increases in the prices of
generics, combined with off-loading expenses to private payors and plan members, are increasing the costs to Canadian employers and their employees.

The most recent change occurred this week when the Ontario Ministry of Health announced the ODB would no longer pay for over 30 highly utilized antibiotic generic products.

The issue
On January 1, 2008, generic manufacturers raised their prices by 20-90% for 5 classes of antibiotics, including Amoxicillin, Penicillin V, Cephalixin, Cloxacillin and Cefaclor. In response to the significant price increases, the ODB Program changed the benefit status of over 30 highly utilized, first line antibiotic generic products from "General Benefit" to "Not-a-Benefit". A drug classified as "Not-a-Benefit" is not paid for by ODB, but is still listed on the ODB formulary and considered eligible for interchangeability with other listed products. However, one generic drug product for each strength and dosage form, from each affected class of antibiotics, remains listed as a "General Benefit" and is covered by ODB.

What does this mean?
All Ontario residents over the age of 65, including retirees and "active at work" employees, will no longer have coverage through ODB for these commonly prescribed antibiotics.

Providers may be attempting to transfer the full cost of the claim to the private payor as would be the usual practice for drugs that are not covered by ODB.

Because only one antibiotic generic product remains listed as a "General Benefit" and is covered by ODB, it has compounded the issue since many pharmacies do not carry the lone generic product that is covered. Pharmacies that carry the covered products are exhausting their supplies.


Patients have the option to pay out-of-pocket for the non-covered drug, wait for the drug supply to come in for the sole covered drug in that class, or have the prescription changed to a covered drug in another class.

What has Green Shield Canada done?
Upon receiving the notice of these changes from the Ministry of Health, Green Shield Canada immediately updated the eligibility status of these drugs. Green Shield Canada will diligently monitor this situation and will
provide information on any further developments.

 


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Government Benefits 2008

Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan CPP QPP
1. Contribution Rate 4.95% 4.95%
2. Year's maximum pensionable earnings $44,900 $44,900
3. Basic exemption $3,500 $3,500
4. Maximum premiums for employees
Maximum premiums for self-employed
$2,049.30
$4,098.60
$2,049.30
$4,098.60
5. Benefits (maximum for new recipient) $884.58 $884.58
6. Lump Sum Death Benefit (max.) $2,500 $2,500
7. Disability (max.) $1,077.52 $1,077.52
8. Dependent children's benefit $208.77 $66.29
9. Surviving spouse 65 and over (max.) $530.75 $530.75
10. Surviving spouse under 65 (max.)
Surviving spouse 55-64 (max.)
Surviving spouse under 55 (max.)
$493.28
-
-
-
$745.77
$745.77

Old Age Security
(effective Jan. 1, 2008 - adjusted quarterly)
1. Old Age Security - $502.31
2. Guaranteed income supplement (max.) single $634.02
3. Maximum spouse's allowance (Age 60-64) - $921.00
4. Maximum widowed spouse's allowance (Age 60-64) - $1,020.91

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Calcium Supplements

Calcium supplements are no longer a benefit.

Health Canada has removed the DIN #'s

They are now labelled as a natural health product not a drug.

Anyone who has repeats on their prescriptions should buy the product off the shelf.

If they
use their prescriptions they will be charged the dispensing fee



(Dec 2007)

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OHIP will cover cost of
PSA tests by 2009

BRAMPTON - Men aged 50 and older will have their annual prostate cancer screenings covered by OHIP starting in 2009, Ontario's Liberal government announced recently.

"We want to extend men's lives," said Ontario Health Minister George SmithermanSmitherman. "We're urging more men over 50 to get tested for prostate cancer and helping them to get tested by covering the test through OHIP."

Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death for Canadian men.

However, it's also one of the most treatable forms of cancer-- particularly when it is detected early.

The Prostate Cancer Antigen (PSA) test, which normally goes for roughly $30, allows doctors to detect illness at an early stage so that treatment can begin.

Currently, OHIP covers tests such as pap smears and mammograms for women.

Ian Smith of Brampton-based Blue Ribbon, a newly formed prostate cancer awareness and support association, said the announcement is a positive step forward.

"We welcome this announcement. We just wish it had been available a long time ago," Smith told The Guardian. "Women get various cancer tests covered by OHIP but men don't so this is good news."

PSA is an enzyme produced in the ducts of the prostate and absorbed into the bloodstream.

Although it doesn't always mean a person has cancer, Smith said the test looks for high PSA levels in the blood, which sort of acts like a red flag for patients who then may want to get tested further.

Smith said not everyone in the medical establishment agrees that PSA tests are reliable.

"But the important thing is the PSA test itself is perfectly accurate when it comes to detecting the amount of PSA in the blood. And what it says is there is something in the blood that shouldn't be there and it's a reason for further investigation," Smith said.

Smitherman said moving forward, Queen's Park will focus on improving breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates and cover the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

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GM and Chrysler already have coverage for the PSA test negotiated in 2005 Bargaining.

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Taxation Issues – New Changes
For the 2007 Tax Year
Pension Income Splitting

SLIDE SHOW

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BENEFIT COVERAGES FOLLOWING
2005 BARGAINING

Eye Exams (New)

In recognition of government delisting of eye exams, coverage will now include one eye exam every 24 months, paid to a maximum of $65 per exam. (Effective October 1, 2005).

 

Vision Care

Effective October 1, 2005, the vision care plan will provide benefit coverage as follows:

• Single vision: $200 every 24 months

• Bifocal: $255 every 24 months

• Multi-focal: $325 every 24 months

 

Dental Plan

• The annual maximum has been established at $2,800.

• The orthodontic lifetime maximum will now be $3,600.

(Both of these maximums are effective October 1, 2005).

• Effective January 1, 2006, benefits payable shall be based on the Provincial Dental Association fee guide in effect for the previous year.

 

Chiropractic Benefits

The annual maximum has been set at $450, effective Oct.1, 2005.

 

Speech Therapy

The annual maximum benefit for Speech Therapy will be$1,100, effective Oct.1, 2005.

 

Paramedical Coverage

The annual maximums for Naturopaths and Podiatrist/Chiropodist have each been increased to $325,effective Oct.1, 2005.

 

Psychologist Services

The annual maximum will now be available to be appliedagainst the cost of a psychological assessment for children under the age of 14.

 

Prescription Drug Program

• Effective January 1, 2006, prescription drugs will becovered at the cost of available generic drugs.

Brand name drugs will be provided where determined to be medically
required.

• The maximum dispensing fee under the plan will be capped at $11 per prescription.

• The current 35¢ co-pay per prescription has been maintained.

 

Semi Private Hospital

Effective January 1, 2006, semi private hospital room coverage will be provided to a maximum of $200 per day.

 

Long Term Care

Effective January 1, 2006, the maximum rate for semi-private accommodation will be set at the current level of $1,724.32 per month. Current residents of long term care facilities will be exempt from this provision.

 

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CAW LEGAL SERVICES PLAN

Coverage Information

The Benefit Schedule is a detailed list of services and fees. It only applies to those who use Staff Lawyers or Co-operating Lawyers (or Co-operating Notaries in Quebec).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL BENEFIT SCHEDULE

Staff Offices

Staff Offices are law offices owned and operated by the Plan. Eligible Participants who so choose can receive legal services at these locations from Staff Lawyers, who are employed by the Plan. Staff Offices are also the Plan's Intake Centres. Participants who wish to be informed about their coverage entitlements and to arrange for referral or reimbursement should contact the Staff Offices closest to them (see below). Participants who live elsewhere should contact our Head Office Intake Centre at 1-800-268-7573.

Head Office
Suite 600
1 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 3C3
(416) 960-2410
(800) 268-7573
Fax: (416) 960-8047

Locations
Brampton Office
Suite 2
23 Regan Road
Brampton, Ontario
L7A 1B2
(905) 790-6400
(877) 332-2444

London Office
Suite 102
1069 Wellington Rd. South
London, Ontario
N6E 2H6
(519) 681-7730
(800) 890-9772

Oakville Office
Suite 406
700 Dorval Drive
Oakville, Ontario
L6K 3V3
(905) 842-3101
(800) 465-9701

Oshawa Office
Oshawa Shopping Centre
Oshawa Executive Tower
Suite 603
King Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
L1J 2K5
(905) 433-4242
(800) 387-6592

Quebec Office
Suite 220
940 Grande Allee
Boisbriand, Quebec
J7G 2J7
(450) 437-6560
(800) 880-7959

St. Catharines Office
Suite 206
55 King Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 3H5
(905) 641-1313
(800) 318-0782

Toronto Office
Suite 904
505 Consumers Road
Toronto, Ontario
M2J 4V8
(416) 491-1211
(800) 221-5515

Windsor Office
2345 Central Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
N8W 4J1
(519) 944-5222
(800) 381-2209

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The Plan - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This page contains the answers to common questions about the CAW Legal Services Plan.

1. What is it?

The Plan is a self-administered, non-profit trust. It provides quality legal services at affordable prices to eligible CAW members and their families.

The Plan is established by collective agreements negotiated between each sponsoring company (Corporate Sponsors) and the CAW.

2. Who runs it?

Each separate Plan agreement establishes a Board of Trustees called the Administrative Committee. Each Committee has equal company and union representation and an independent chairperson.

In order to achieve significant cost savings, each separate plan uses the same central administration, run on a day-to-day basis by an Executive Director who reports to the trustees.

3. How is it financed?

Plan benefits and administrative expenses are paid from a trust fund. Contributions to this fund are made by the sponsoring companies in amounts established through collective bargaining.

4. Who is eligible?

Each separate Plan agreement has its own eligibility requirements. Most provide eligibility for bargaining unit employees (in most cases with at least one year of seniority) and retirees. Eligibility ceases in most cases if the employee has been continuously laid off for 18 months.

In most cases, spouses and surviving spouses of employees and retirees are also eligible, as are unmarried, dependent children, under age 26, who reside at home.

5. When does coverage start?

The effective date of Plan coverage varies for each sponsoring company. Check your collective agreement or call a Staff Office near you to find out when your coverage commenced.

Please note: Any matter that started before your commencement date is not covered.

Real Estate:

a) There is no coverage for purchases or sales if the Agreement of Purchase and Sale was signed prior to the date on which you became eligible for the Legal Services Plan benefit.

b) There is no coverage for Mortgages if the letter of commitment to the lender was signed prior to the date on which you became eligible for the Legal Services Plan benefit.

Other Matters:

c) There is no coverage if you hired the lawyer prior to the date on which you became eligible for the Legal Services Plan benefit.

d) Benefit changes only apply to cases that start on or after the effective date of the change.
6. How do I use it?

CALL THE PLAN FIRST! When you call, be sure you have your social insurance number, employee number and seniority date available. Your eligibility will be checked and the Plan coverage for the legal service that you require will be explained. The addresses and telephone numbers of all Plan offices are displayed on the Staff Offices page.

Call the Staff Office nearest to you. If there is no Staff Office near you, call the Head Office in Toronto.
1 St. Clair West Ave.
Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 3C3

(416) 960-2410
(800) 268-7573
7. What if I have a complaint?

Please notify our Head Office in Toronto by calling 1-800-268-7573 or contact us.

8. What is excluded from Plan Coverage?

The Plan will not provide benefits or in any other manner pay for the following:
  • fines and penalties, whether civil or criminal
  • any judgment for civil damages, including judicially awarded costs
  • costs attendant to the purchase or sale of real estate, such as registration fees, land transfer taxes, surveys, real estate agent commissions, title insurance premiums, and fees for title searches
  • all disbursements such as court filing fees, process serving, transcripts, expert witnesses, etc.
  • legal services outside of Canada or the U.S.A.
  • services provided by non-lawyers, except Notaries in Quebec and British Columbia
  • legal services which are for a Participant's business
  • matters involving federal, provincial, municipal or local election to any public office
  • any proceeding against the Participant's employer, its subsidiaries, dealers, directors, officers or agents
  • any proceeding against the Participant's union, its subordinate or affiliated bodies or the officers or agents of such, or any labour union or association representing employees of the Participant's employer
  • any proceeding arising under applicable labour relations acts, labour codes or labour standards acts
  • any bankruptcy proceeding that would result in discharge of a debt owed to the Participant's employer, its subsidiaries, dealers, directors, officers or agents, the Participant's union or any benefit plan or trust established or maintained by the employer
  • proceedings against or arising from any benefit Plan established or maintained by the Participant's employer, including proceedings against any trust or insurance carrier through which such benefits are provided to the employer, its employees or retirees including any dispute involving the Plan
  • Workers' Compensation or Employment Insurance matters involving the Participant's employer

9. What about GST and sales tax?

The Plan does not pay sales or any other taxes related to lawyer or notary fees. The Plan does not pay GST.

10. How is the service delivered?

CALL THE PLAN FIRST! Plan Participants must contact the Staff Office located nearest them or the Head Office in Toronto to determine their eligibility and benefits under the Plan. Participants may go to a Staff Lawyer in the Staff Office, a Co-operating Lawyer or Notary or Non-co-operating Lawyer or Notary for their legal services.

Staff Lawyers are employed by the Plan, work in Staff Offices and provide legal services to Participants according to the Plan fee schedule.

Co-operating Lawyers and Notaries are in private practice and have contracted with the Plan to provide legal services to Participants according to the Plan fee schedule.

(Please Note: Co-operating Lawyers are not "CAW Lawyers". They are lawyers in private practice in your community who have agreed to bill according to our fee schedule. The Plan is not responsible for any act or omission by any Co-operating Lawyer or Notary.)

Non-co-operating Lawyers and Notaries are in private practice and have not contracted with the Plan to provide legal services to Participants according to the Plan fee schedule. They may extra-bill Participants over and above the Plan fee schedule.

No matter what kind of lawyer or notary you use, it is important to CALL THE PLAN FIRST to determine your eligibility and the benefit available to you under the Plan.

11. Who pays?

For legal fees paid by the Plan (see "Prepaid" and "Mixed" below) the Plan will pay directly for the services of Staff Lawyers or Co-operating Lawyers or Notaries. If you choose to use a non-co-operating lawyer or notary you pay him or her directly and submit the account to the Head Office in Toronto. The Plan will reimburse you up to the amount of the Plan fee schedule.

For legal fees that are your responsibility (see "Mixed" and "Referral" below) you pay the lawyer or notary directly. If you so choose and if available, the Plan will refer you to a Co-operating Lawyer or Notary who will only charge you in accordance with the current Plan fee schedule. For most cases, you will be charged an hourly rate; for others (e.g. Probate and some uncontested Family matters) you will be charged a fixed amount.

12. What types of benefits are provided?

There are three types of benefits available:

PREPAID (P): means that the Plan will pay all legal fees, except title search fees, at the Plan fee schedule rate. You are responsible for all disbursements and taxes (e.g. GST).

MIXED (M): means that the Plan pays for the first part of the legal fees (except taxes and GST) at the Plan fee schedule rate. Payment for subsequent legal fees is your responsibility. There are five types of Mixed Benefits.
M-2: The Plan pays for the first two hours.

M-4: The Plan pays for the first four hours.

M-10: The Plan pays for the first ten hours.

M-12: The Plan pays for the first twelve hours.

M-30: The Plan pays for the first thirty hours.
REFERRAL (R): means that, if you so choose and if available, the Plan will refer you to a Co-operating Lawyer or Notary or to a Staff Lawyer who will only charge you in accordance with the current Plan fee schedule rate. You are responsible for all fees, taxes and disbursements.

Please Note:
1. The Committee that administers this benefit has the authority to make decisions, from time to time, that affect the benefits and coverage provided to members. Consequently, the information provided here is subject to change. Although every effort will be made to update this website, it is important for you to check with the Plan as to benefit coverage and eligibility whenever legal services are required. ALWAYS CALL THE PLAN FIRST!


2. Co-operating Lawyers are not "CAW Lawyers". They are not employed by the Plan. They are lawyers in private practice in your community who have agreed to bill according to our fee schedule. The Plan is not responsible for any act or omission by any Co-operating Lawyer.


3. In all cases in which there is a conflict of interest between the eligible employee and a spouse or dependent, the Plan coverage provided for the legal services required will extend ONLY to the employee or retiree. The spouse or dependent will be reimbursed for no more than one hour of initial advice and consultation at the Plan fee schedule hourly rate.

 

 


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