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Marijuana Smokers: Revised life insurance rules

Recently, many Canadian insurers made an important change to underwriting guidelines as they pertain to the use of marijuana. Previously, if you smoked or used marijuana even once in the previous 12-month period, you were considered a smoker for the purposes of life, critical illness, and...

Vote for Vital Partners Inc. in the 2016 Be Local Awards

It's that time of the year again! Vital Partners Inc. is proud to be nominated once again for the 2016 Be Local Awards. The Be Local Awards is an initiative by REAP Calgary, a not-for-profit association for local businesses that care about the community and the environment....

In the News: Capital Ideas Calgary, August 25, 2016

Vital Partners Co-Principal Jennifer Kirby is in this week's edition of Capital Ideas Calgary. Jennifer answered the question: 'What helps you to work on your business and not just in your business?' Here's part of Jennifer's answer: Quarterly and annual strategic planning meetings are key for our...

Workplace Health & Wellness: Yoga
Did you know that yoga reduces stress and increases concentration? That is why we created a YouTube series that features desk yoga moves you can do to keep you from getting too bent out of shape. Over the next few months we will be featuring different moves from the series - so check back soon for your next desk yoga class.
Need to Know: Group Benefits – July 2016

It’s time for another edition of our “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Group Benefits.  Specialty drugs that are used to treat chronic conditions are now becoming more prevalent, which...

New Challenges For Benefits Plan Sponsors: Specialty Drugs

Vital Partners’ May 2016 session, Thriving in Turbulent times, provided a brief overview of some of the cost pressures that are impacting plan sponsors today. One of these cost pressures is the specialty drugs. The introduction of these drugs into the market is a trend...

Notes from the Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1

The Government of Canada announced that the Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1, has received Royal Assent. Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class outlines changes that the government is making in order to help the middle class as well as seniors. Here are some of...

Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAP)

When we are working with plan sponsors or communicating plans to members, the most often overlooked benefit is the Employee and Family Assistance Program, or EFAP. Some insurers include EAP services at no extra charge as part of extended health benefits, while other insurers charge on...

Is Medical Tourism An Option For You?

As health and dental services are becoming increasingly costly for some, Canadians are beginning to look for alternatives to receive the services that they need and keep expenses down. The following is a guest post from Global Health Shift Corp. on Medical Tourism, and why...

Need to Know: Insurance – June 2016

It’s time for another edition of our “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Individual Insurance.  Last month we highlighted why a Health Spending Account, or HSA, is a good solution...