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Plan Changes—It's All Good News

Each year, the Sobeys benefit team reviews the YouFlex plan to ensure that it continues to meet the changing needs of our employees, reflects best practices and that it remains competitive. This year’s annual review resulted in a few plan changes.

  • Starting May 1, 2020, clinical counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist and social worker services will be covered up to a combined maximum of $2,000 per person per plan year. This is in addition to the combined maximum coverage for other eligible paramedical practitioners under each plan level.
  • The paramedical practitioner list has been expanded to include all dieticians.
  • The Maternity, Paternity, Parental, and Adoption Leave Top-Up benefit will increase to provide eligible full-time employees with 80% of their base salary for up to the first 26 weeks of leave.
  • In support of our diverse workforce and inclusive environment, we will enhance the plan by:
    • Adding Chinese medical practitioners and shiatsu therapists to our list of covered practitioners
    • Adding traditional medicines that are Licensed Natural Health Products to our list of covered drugs with certain conditions and limits
    • Expanding coverage to include breast prosthetics required during gender reassignment process
    • Removing pharmacy system warnings indicating a certain drug is restricted to a particular gender

Don’t forget that we added a virtual health care program, provided by Dialogue, to the YouFlex Health Care benefit in July 2019. This benefit allows you and your family to consult with health professionals virtually, in real time without having to visit a clinic.

A virtual health care program provides:

  • Access to nurse practitioners through live chat
  • Video consultations with physicians
  • Prescriptions issued and renewed
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Connection to health professionals within minutes

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2020 Costs Are Changing

Sobeys remains committed to providing you with a benefit plan that balances the coverage you need with costs that are financially sustainable over the long term. Remember, both you and the Company share the cost of your benefits coverage.

We are pleased to communicate that for 2020, costs for a number of our benefits remain unchanged. These include:

  • Long Term Disability coverage;
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment;
  • Optional Life Insurance

For 2020, there are some modest changes to employee benefits costs for Health Care and Dental Care. These premiums are going up, but the increase is below the Canadian industry average. Costs for Optional Critical Illness insurance are also changing. You will be able to see the impact of the new costs on you on the YouFlex benefits website during re-enrolment.

You Can Help Keep Costs Low

While health care costs continue to rise, there are things you can do during the year to help keep your costs down. We encourage you to invest in your health, including:

  • Focus on being and staying healthy. It starts with you. Staying healthy is important to maintaining and improving the quality of life for each of us, and our families.
    • Exercising regularly and making smart food choices help to prevent disease and are essential to living a healthy life.
    • Healthy living may also result in fewer trips to a doctor or paramedical practitioner, as well as less reliance on prescription drugs.
  • Get the most value from your plan. Taking responsibility for how you use your benefits will help to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses where you can. It’s important to understand your YouFlex plan, including:
  • Use the tools provided by Medavie Blue Cross. Use the Medavie Blue Cross website or the Medavie Mobile app for benefits information at your fingertips. You can submit claims instantly, get plan information, search for eligibility of prescription drugs or check coverage, sign up for direct deposit—and more!
  • Try to plan ahead. Prioritize how you use your benefit dollars. Knowing how you’re going to use your benefits may influence the coverage you select in the upcoming year.