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Our spending accounts just got more flexible and affordable

  • In today’s workplace, employees want more flexibility and choice especially when it comes to their health benefits. With our enhanced Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and Lifestyle Spending Account (formerly known as our Taxable Spending Account), you can give your plan members more choice to spend their benefits dollars in a way that’s best for them, while you can better control your plan costs.

    With our enhanced Heath Care Spending Account (HCSA), you can:

    • Enjoy competitive HCSA administration fees
    • Cover dental expenses through an HCSA if you don’t have a dental plan
    • Carve out non-catastrophic health expenses (hospital, paramedical, vision, and medical supplies) and cover them through an HCSA
    • Add the option for members to submit claims directly to their HCSA, instead of submitting to the core or Coordination of Benefits plans first (now available to groups of all sizes)

    NEW - Our Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) is now available to all clients and administrative fees are much more competitive

    The advantages of offering Spending Accounts

    By offering an HCSA and/or LSA, you can boost your group benefits plan by providing coverage flexibility and choice that will help attract and retain employees.

    An HCSA is a tax-deductible expense for your company and provides plan members with tax-free coverage of expenses normally associated with a health and dental benefits plan.

    A Lifestyle Spending Account is taxable benefit for plan members that can help support their overall well-being and reduce workplace absenteeism. Things such as gym memberships, child and pet care expenses, and public transit passes are just a few examples of eligible expenses.

    Submitting HSCA/LSA claims can be done online or using the mobile app, which makes the process quick and easy for your members.

    If you want to know more about our enhanced Spending Accounts, contact your representative at The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife).


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Benefits fraud: turns out, prevention is the key.

  • When it comes to your benefits plan, keeping costs down is a priority. And stopping any misuse and abuse of it is critical. That’s why we’re doing something different. It’s time to think about prevention first. So, what does this look like?

    Engaged members

    Your plan members are key. Why not engage them through information and empower them to be part of the solution. A refreshed site makes this easy to do. Ready-to-use campaigns can help your members to make smart decisions and practice good claims behaviour so they don’t put your plan at risk.

    When your members see suspicious claims, they can use the new Share and Protect e-form. It’s an easy and confidential way for your members to tell us about it, so we can look into it.

    Trusted relationships

    We’ve launched a Trusted Provider Network pilot to help you and your members work with professional and ethical service providers. It’s early, but we’re already seeing very positive results. And rest assured, when suspicious claims are made, our dedicated team of experts, with state of the art analytics systems, are on the case.

    This is just the beginning of our new approach to protecting your plan. There’s so much more on the horizon. Stay tuned!


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Leading a new age of claims – one year in

  • Manulife plan members were the first in Canada to be able to file every claim online! Since we launched, members have submitted over 5 million claims online.

    Over a million of those online claims were through a mobile device. People use their phones to do just about everything these days – add to that submitting their group benefit claims.

    Claims in the palm of their hand

    A year ago, we also launched a new convenient app that is fast and easy to use.

    “Let’s me see my benefits, past claims and other useful info. Also, lets me submit a claim via the app.”
    - Brian Sharp (Google Play Store)

    Here are other ways we continue to improve our members’ online experience:

    If you have questions, call your Manulife representative.

    (Source: Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics)


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Help your members turn the page on their next chapter

  • Starting a new chapter in life can bring a lot of change. Whether they’re retiring, or taking on their next challenge, members who are leaving your group plan will have important decisions to make about their ongoing benefits needs. Having the option to buy coverage through My Next Chapter can help them make the transition.

    Through My Next Chapter, Manulife helps members who are leaving your group plan at any stage of life learn about our FollowMe™ and Flexcare® programs. They’ll get information on the different individual health and dental options available to them. More than 10 different plan combinations are offered to meet their needs.

    It’s an easy and convenient transition solution, offered at no cost for your organization.

    How My Next Chapter works

    • Easy administration – we’ll connect with members who are leaving your plan directly, using the member data we have on file. We’ll answer their questions and take care of next steps.
    • Mailings will go out to members who are retiring, or otherwise leaving your organization.
      • In the mailing, members will get a letter and promotional materials, telling them about FollowMe and Flexcare – our products designed for individual coverage. These products can provide similar benefits to their group plan coverage.
      • We’ll also invite employees to visit MyNextChapter.ca or call the toll-free number (1-844-732-4237) to talk to a Licensed Insurance Advisor. Through either channel, they can learn more about their available options, get a quote, or buy the solution that best meets their needs.
    • Members who are leaving your group plan may have access to exclusive offers:
      • 5% savings on the FollowMe Health rates if they pay their premiums via credit card or pre-authorized debit
      • Additional Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance
      • Guaranteed acceptance*, when they apply within 120 days of their group coverage ending

    For more information about My Next Chapter, please contact your Manulife representative.

    *Guaranteed acceptance dependent upon receipt of the first premium payment and satisfaction of eligibility criteria.

    For Quebec residents only: to be eligible for a FollowMe or Flexcare plan, Quebec residents must also have RAMQ prescription drug coverage.


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Online member services are getting a whole lot easier!

  • Earlier this year we told you about some exciting enhancements we’re working on to make online services easier and more personalized for your plan members. And we promised we’d keep you updated on our progress.

    Simple to join and sign in to www.manulife.ca/signin

    No more struggling to remember their plan contract number or certificate number – your plan members will be able to sign in using a personal email address and a password they create. Plus, recover or reset their password in real-time. This enhancement will launch in early 2019.

    Choosing online benefits

    We’re also improving how your plan members choose their benefits online. Starting with new AdminAdvantage™ groups, they’ll soon have a fresh and simple way to manage their benefits and get the most from their coverage.

    Stay tuned for updates on these new features, and more!


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Two new ways to access your benefits!

  • Your members have a good reason to smile – because facial recognition is just one of the ways we’re creating a better benefits experience:

    • Face ID® - will allow users to use facial recognition to access the Manulife Mobile app through an iPhone X. Making access easier, more convenient and in sync with modern experiences. Watch the video to learn how to access Manulife Mobile using facial recognition on iPhone X.
    • Mobile wallet - members can now add their benefits card to Apple wallet and Android WalletPasses-compatible applications.

    Here are other ways you can access and interact with your benefits plan:


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Smart Home Technology

  • Plan members can interact with their benefits plan using Smart Home Technology! As a first step into the area of Smart Home Technology, we worked with Amazon on the launch of Alexa, a cloud-based voice activated service. Check out the video to see how it works!

    Initially, Amazon will be launching Alexa in English only. When Amazon launches Alexa in French, we will be ready.

    Based on the current Manulife Mobile available balances feature, plan members can interact with their Group Benefits plan through Alexa using only their voice. Users will be required to authenticate their account prior to gaining access to any information.

    We are focused on improving the member experience at every touchpoint. You can expect to see a lot more innovations in the space of customer experience and usability.

    For more information, reach out to your Manulife representative.


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New search for service provider feature!

  • We upgraded upgraded our online claims tool with great new features. When we add new features to enhance our members’ online experience, some saved information, like service providers, may need to be filled out again. The new search for service provider feature makes adding a provider quicker and easier for our members.

    Using search for service provider, members only need to fill out two pieces of information to find their provider fast!


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Health benefits designed for the way plan members live their lives

  • If life is a juggling act, we've just given plan members an extra set of hands.

    The days of expecting plan members to fill out forms or wait for a cheque to come in the mail are over. Smartphones and other technologies have changed the way people do things. They want to interact when and where it's convenient for them, so we've made it easier than ever for plan members to get the most out of their group benefits plan.

    Check out the member tools we’ve developed below. Or, watch the video to learn more.

    Whether a member prefers to manage their benefits on the go or at home, it's easy to use the Manulife Mobile app or secure website to:

    • Find out how much they have left to spend - before they make an appointment.
    • Check whether the drug their doctor suggests is covered under their plan while they're still in the doctor's office - avoiding extra calls and visits.
    • Submit ANY type of claim, at any time, and get their money back fast!
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Provider eClaims

  • We’ve simplified our Provider eClaims process

    Our plan members and providers have told us that our eClaims process needed simplifying. We are pleased to announce we’ve done just that.

    What’s changed?

    Plan members no longer need to be registered for direct deposit, electronic claims statements and the plan member secure site before being eligible to submit eClaims directly through their providers. Just another example of how we’re continually creating a better benefits experience.


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Submitting life claims is easier than ever

  • Family members can electronically submit proof of death documents, wills and other documents needed to process a life claim.

    For those members who were on approved long-term disability or life waiver prior to their death, proof of death documents will not be required.

    There will be some exceptions for not having to provide original documents. We will work with the families at that time to get the claim processed as efficiently as possible.


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Submit All claims online!

  • Online claims just got easier. Plan members can take advantage of two features when submitting group benefit claims.

    Members can simply select “Other” under Service provider type to submit claims not previously accepted online. They will never have to reach for a paper health and dental claims form again!

    For times when receipts are required, members can now conveniently include them with their claim. They can scan and upload receipts when they submit online, OR take a picture and attach it with Manulife Mobile.

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Plan members can send documents online – quickly and securely

  • Plan members can quickly and securely send confidential documents through the plan member secure site. Sending information online means it can be processed quicker as members won’t need to mail or fax documents anymore.

    Plan members have a secure way to send the following information and forms:

    • Evidence of Insurability
    • Overage student dependent
    • Beneficiary designations
    • BC Pharmacare/RAMQ
    • Drug Prior Authorization

    Members can send these documents as a PDF file or even as a picture file. To send a document to Manulife through the site, they just need to sign in, go to the Contact us tab and select Send documents.

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Access your mobile benefits card on your smartphone

  • Plan members can now access their mobile benefits card right on their smartphone. It’s easily accessible and is less likely to be misplaced.

    Use the following materials to promote to your plan members.

    Your plan members can learn more at Discover.

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Find registered care providers in an instant

  • The Provider Lookup tool allows plan members to find registered care providers in an instant from their smartphone.

    Use the following materials to promote to your plan members.

    Your plan members can learn more at Discover.

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Pharmacy saving search

  • Plan members can use Pharmacy savings search on their mobile device, to learn where they can conveniently find the lowest cost prescription(s) drugs in their current location.

    Use the following materials to promote to your plan members.

    Your plan members can learn more at Discover.

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Online claims

  • Plan members can enjoy improvements to the online claims experience such as:

    • directing claims to be paid from their health care spending account (if applicable),
    • submission of orthodontic claims online, and
    • it's now it's easier for plan members to submit coordination of benefits claims online too!

    Use the following materials to promote to your plan members.

    Your plan members can learn more at Discover.

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