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We’re giving back: enjoy an extra $250 for health and wellness this year

After a year like no other, supporting the wellbeing of our teammates and their families has never been more important. We are pleased to share that we will be investing more in your health and wellness in 2021.

In calendar year 2020, many of us were unable to access health services, such as dental, optical and physiotherapy, due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, we’ve accumulated a surplus in our YouFlex benefits accounts from unused Company- and employee-paid premiums.

More than ever, we know how important it is to provide you with the support and flexibility you need to thrive. That’s why we are pleased to give this surplus back to our teammates currently eligible for our group benefit plan in two ways:

Helping families grow

Starting May 1, 2021 the Premium Health Care option will include:

  • Fertility drugs not covered by your provincial plan up to a lifetime maximum of $5,000; and
  • Fertility treatments not covered under your provincial plan up to a lifetime maximum of $5,000.

2021 plan rates

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’re pleased to say that the only rate change for 2021 is for Optional Critical Illness. If you have this coverage, you’ll see your new rates when you re-enrol.

Save money on health care

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 becoming 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.