LÉVIS, QC, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Financial Security www.desjardinsfinancialsecurity.com is offering a brand-new critical illness insurance product for
employers who want to help their employees cope with the financial
stress related to health problems.
Thanks to advances in modern medicine, the chances of surviving a
critical illness has improved significantly—but the financial cost can
still take a toll, especially if the person isn't covered by a group
insurance plan (i.e. financial support for the employee's spouse, going
outside for treatment, home care, etc.).
According to Nathalie Laporte, Vice-President of Group and Business
Insurance Product Development and Marketing at Desjardins Financial
Security (DFS), employers can choose from two plans that best suit
their needs. "The basic plan covers the four most common critical
illnesses, and the enhanced plan covers 31 illnesses—the most
comprehensive coverage available."
Major advantages for employees
A group insurance plan that includes both critical illness and long-term
disability coverage is a comprehensive solution that allows employees
to focus on their recovery and get better without putting their
financial assets at risk. Subject to certain conditions, the new
coverage has the following advantages:
Cancer recurrence provision: Coverage does not automatically end once a
benefit is paid. The insured receives an additional payment of the full
benefit amount in the event of a cancer recurrence.
Multiple benefit provision: An insured who has already suffered a
critical illness and is later diagnosed with another covered critical
illness may be eligible to receive another benefit.
Additional payment: This new coverage also includes an additional
payment of up to $25,000 for coronary angioplasty, prostate cancer,
skin cancer or breast cancer.
Conversion privilege: In addition to a waiver of premiums provision,
employees also have a conversion privilege that allows them to maintain
their coverage if they cease to be a member of their group plan.
A comprehensive approach to workplace wellness and disability management
The new DFS critical illness product is part of the Contact 360° offer, a comprehensive approach to workplace wellness and disability
management. It includes prevention strategies, timely intervention, and
support and guidance for employees to help them achieve a safe and
sustainable return to work.
For most Canadian employers, absences due to short and long term
disability leave are a daily problem. Employee absences reduce
productivity, increase costs and can affect team morale, especially if
replacement staff can't be found. Employers have also been noticing
increased use of health care plans, a higher volume of disability
claims and a growing proportion of disabilities due to mental health
problems, cancer, and musculoskeletal disorders.
About Desjardins Financial Security
Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the
leading cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in providing
life and health insurance and retirement savings products to
individuals and groups. Every day, over five million Canadians rely on
Desjardins Financial Security to ensure their financial security.
Desjardins Financial Security employs over 4,000 people and administers
$27.7 billion in assets from offices in several cities across the
country, including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa,
Montréal, Québec, Lévis, Halifax and St. John's. For more information,
visit the website at www.desjardinsfinancialsecurity.com.
SOURCE DESJARDINS GROUP
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