5 Reasons to Sign up for a Life Insurance Policy

Have you always thought about signing up for a life insurance policy, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet? We get it! Countless people put life insurance off because see themselves as young and healthy, they don’t want to pay the premiums, and they tell themselves they will consider it later.  

Life insurance can help you to look after your family, your assets, the things you care most about, and even your business. We found a really great article that points out he benefits of having a life insurance policy and we compiled our favourites into an easy to read list for you! Check them out:

1.      Provide income for your family when you are no longer able – If you experience a tragic accident and you aren’t able to provide for your family, a life insurance policy can replace your income to ensure your loved ones are taken care of.

2.      Eliminates debt at an important time -If you have a large amount of debt, your life insurance policy will pay off what you owe after you have passed, just another way to ensure your loved ones are well taken care of.

3.      Leaves a legacy of value – You don’t always have to purchase a life insurance policy for yourself; some people purchase policies on the lives of their children, which can be transferred directly to the child when he/she turns 18. This provides a tax-free legacy for future generations.

4.      Ensures the continuity of your business – Your policy can help to ensure your business lives on even after you have passed.

5.      Help to make meaningful donations – If you have the desire to help your favourite charity, you can donate the proceeds of your life insurance policy after your passing.

If you’d like to look into a life insurance policy or have questions about signing up, give us a call! We can help you to understand the different types of coverages available to you and we can get you signed up in a timely manner!

 

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What do we know about Dieticians?

It's hard to keep up with the latest food trends, the latest fad diets, and the latest health crazes, but what if we actually visited someone who could help us to better understand what we should be eating in a day?

We did some research to learn more about Dietitians and what they can really offer us. 

First and foremost, dietitians are registered nutrition experts who are trained to help us with our overall health and wellness. They are able to coach us through our daily diets and learn about lifestyle changes we can make to improve our eating habits; they help us to set goals and to follow through on them. Dietitians can help us to steer clear of the fad diets and to understand practical solutions to unhealthy eating habits, resulting in long term results and and overall improvement to our physical health. 

I think we all know how difficult it can be to understand the labels we find on our food; how is one ever supposed to fully understand a list of ingredients we can't even pronounce?! Luckily, registered dietitians can help us to read labels and fully understand what we should be getting from our foods. When we understand the labels we are given, it is much easier to stay on track and feed our bodies with proper nutrients. 

It's also important to realize that changing our diets doesn't necessarily mean we have to miss out on our favourite foods. Dietitians can help us to adapt our favourite recipes to better suit our diets, therefore keeping us healthy and happy! 

Registered Dietitians don't only work with clients one on one, they also work with families, communities, and professionals to develop healthy eating habits and to set reasonable health goals. They help patience who are in long term care, and they help hospitals, and nursing homes to maintain healthy menus for their residents. Further to that, Dietitians can work with corporations to develop a corporate wellness plan for you and your employees

As an added bonus, Registered Dietitians are covered under your Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan! If you'd like to learn more about your coverage, contact us today. if you'd like to learn more about Dietitians, click here.

Counselling Services for Owners and Employees

Did you know that the Chambers Plan provides counselling services for both business owners and their employees? 

Business Owners have up to 9 combined hours per year of the following services: 

  • Legal Advice - Practical interpretations of company, partnership, taxation and insolvency law. 
  • Accounting Advice - Helps management strengthen and gain control of the company's finances 
  • Human Resources - Solutions to terminations, labour laws, and other human resource issues. 

Employees have up to 3 combined hours per year for counselling services

  • If an employee's personal life is affecting his/her professional performance, company owners can help the employee to deal with the situation by referring him/her to a professionally trained counsellor 

The Business Assistance Service is a free service built in to each Chambers of Commerce Group Benefit Program. You and your employees will incur no out of pocket expense when using these services. 

Please call our office if you'd like more information on these services. 

Disability Guide

There are a number of steps an employer must take when an employee becomes disabled, here is a guide to help you through the necessary actions you are required to take when an employee is off work due to a health or injury disability. 

Weekly Indemnity

  • Contact our service centre immediately
  • Weekly indemnity claims need to be completed no later than 90 days after the date of disability

Long Term Disability 

  • Contact our service centre after 60 days of the date of disability
  • LTD claim forms must be completed after 90 days of the disability

What's Next?

  • An assessor might call to discuss the duties of the insured and a possible return to work date
  • Underwriting will send an edited version of the approval or denial letter for your records
  • If the claim is approved, the plan will waive the disability premiums for the first day of the month following six months of disability

Online Banking in 3 Simple Steps

Setting up the Chambers Plan as a payee through your online banking allows quick and efficient payment of your monthly premiums. 

It can be done in 3 simple steps:

  1. You will need to be registered with online banking 
  2. Set up the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan as a payee 
    1. Search for the Chambers of Commerce 
    2. Select "Chambers of Commerce Gr.Insurance 
  3. Enter your account number 
    1. Ch + Five Digit Firm Number 
      1. Example: Ch12345

Online banking will save you time, postage, and the stress of payment deadlines. 


If you are an existing client and need help with online banking, please contact our office and we will be happy to help you. 

 

What is Critical Illness Coverage?

There are often a number of financial stresses associated with surviving a health crisis; loss of wages, travel to and from medical treatments, and home modifications can greatly increase your cost of living as you deal with your illness. 

Critical illness insurance is designed to ease financial pressures by paying a tax-free lump sum if you become seriously ill. The chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan can pay up to $50,000 for employees and/or spouses who receive a diagnoses of a serious condition. This payment can be used however the plan member decides; there are no restrictions placed on how the money is used. 

 

Some of the illnesses covered by the Chambers Critical Illness plan include: 

  • Cancer 
  • Heart attack
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Major Burns
  • Coma 
  • Speech loss
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Failure 
  • Paralysis 

 

To learn more about Critical Illness insurance, please visit the Chambers of Commerce Website: 

What Kind of Businesses use the Chambers of Commerce Group Plan?

Providing a group plan to your employees has been said to increase job satisfaction and employee retention, however many business owners worry about the cost of providing benefits for their employees. 

So what kind of business has access to an affordable group benefit plan through the Chambers of Commerce? 

Small Businesses

  • For-profit businesses with as few as one employee are eligible for coverage. Small firms with three employees or more are guaranteed coverage

Home-Based Businesses

  • The Chambers Plan provides flexible coverage the fills in any gaps left out by provincial health care coverage. 

Agricultural Businesses 

  • Year round coverage can be provided to those who are farming, or raising fish or livestock. 

The Chambers Plan is easily accessible and affordable to small businesses in Alberta - contact us today for more information or to receive a quote for your business! 

Coordinating Health and Dental Benefits

Coordinating benefits is common with health and dental plans; it allows employees and their dependants to make the most of their plans by combining benefits to receive 100% coverage on prescriptions and/or health and dental procedures. 

If an employee and his/her spouse both have coverage, the claims should go through the patient's plan first. Any expenses that are not covered by the patient's plan can then be submitted to the spouse's plan along with an explanation of benefits from the initial claim.

If the employee and his/her spouse have dependants, the claim goes through the plan of the parent whose birthday falls earlier in the calendar year, then to the other parent along with an explanation of benefits.  

When parents are divorced or separated, the dependant's claims should be submitted in this order: 

  1. The plan of the parent with custody 
  2. The spouse of the parent with custody 
  3. The parent who does not have custody
  4. The spouse of the parent who does not have custody

Coordinating benefits can help employees to save money on health and dental claims and ensure that they are receiving the most amount of coverage available to them.