Like most private insurance plans in Québec, MÉDIC Construction has come under great financial pressure related to increases in the cost of medications (by almost 40% over five years for MÉDIC).
Following the recommendations of external actuaries, the Construction Industry Social Benefits Committee, composed of the industry’s union and employer associations, has adopted modifications that will affect all of the plans offered by MÉDIC Construction starting January 1, 2019.
All insureds will soon receive an official letter explaining the modifications, if they have not already received it.
Summary of modifications starting January 1, 2019
Medications - For all plans
- 5% reduction in the portion payable by MÉDIC Construction for the purchase of medications
- Maximum annual contribution set at $850 per family, rather than $750
Vision care - For several plans
For insureds and their spouses, if applicable:
- Reduction in the reimbursable amount for corrective glasses per 24-month period
- Vision exams reimbursable every 24 months, instead of every 12 months
For dependent children:
- Corrective glasses reimbursable every 24 months, instead of every 12 months
Dental care - For several plans
Endodontics, periodontics, and major care:
- Reduction in maximum amounts reimbursable per insurance period
- Reduction by 10% in the amount reimbursable to insureds and dependents for all care
Orthodontics (dependent children):
- Reduction in maximum lifetime amounts reimbursable
- Reduction in percentage reimbursable
Note that no change has been made to reimbursements for safety glasses, paramedical services, life insurance, and disability insurance.
The details of the modifications, by plan, will be officially published in the Médic Construction Bulletins available around December 15 at ccq.org. Right now, even if you have not received a Notice of Insurability, you can see the details of modifications to insurance coverage in this section of the website.