Crossgrove Blog

A Proactive Approach to Disability Insurance

Whether it comes to groups or individuals, Crossgrove & Company ensures that its clients take a proactive approach to coverage.  A unique feature of ours is that we offer free consultations to our group client employees in order to educate them on the gaps that may exist between their group coverage and what they may need personally.  Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

Bill C-228: What it is and what it means for pensions, if passed

Keeping up with legislation and interpreting how it affects you can be a daunting task – that’s where we come in.  Talk to one of our experts at Crossgrove & Company and enjoy peace of mind knowing that you’re in the right hands today and in the future.

Employee Benefits: Pandemic changes for both young and old

Whether you’re not far removed from grad school and starting your career or staring down the barrel of retirement, employee group benefits and health insurance should always be a priority.  Contact us at Crossgrove & Company to get the right plan at the lowest price.

5 things to know about group benefits

At Crossgrove & Company, we review each of our clients’ benefit structure every year in order to identify and communicate trends, areas of improvement and optimization, and cost savings; allowing them to attract and retain quality employees with a group benefits plan that offers each of them the most value possible.

Group Benefits Trends in 2023

Taking a look at some of the statistics and trends in order to formulate the best course of action for each organziation when it comes to group benefits is a pillar of our operations at Crossgrove and Company.  Here are some numbers that organizations and their brokers may want to consider as we enter 2023, as well as an example of how some firms are using current conditions to optimize their group benefits plan.

What's new: Legislative changes to EI sickness and Healthcare Statistics

As part of Budget 2022, the Federal Government is extending Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits from 15 to 26 weeks.  In addition, the results from this year’s Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey contain many interesting insights.  Follow us on our Crossgrove & Company social media platforms (Linked-in, Facebook, Instagram) and our website blog posts for up-to-date information in the field!

How employers can better support employees with rare diseases

Given the challenges Canada is facing when it comes to hiring, employers should be focused on enabling their employees to continue to work and stay healthy. Leveraging opportunities such as partnering on a national rare disease strategy or developing new risk-sharing models for drugs for rare diseases would benefit both plan sponsors and members.  With decades of experience in taking a consultant approach to Group Benefits, we at Crossgrove & Company show our clients solutions to problems such as this and more.  Contact us today!

Survey finds retirement savings plans key to employee retention

Six in 10 (60 per cent) U.S. employees say they’re more likely to stay at their current job if their employer offers a retirement savings plan, according to a new survey by Voya Financial Inc.  Pension plans are just one of the facets of an organization's benefit mix that we, at Crossgrove & Company, can confidently guide you through.

Three steps organizations should take when personalizing employee benefits

Canadian employers face conflicting pressures amid a pandemic-driven labour shortage. While inflation, economic volatility and rising costs are squeezing organizations’ budgets, employees also want more from their prospective employers. But with the fierce competition for talent, employers also can’t afford to skimp on employee benefits.  At Crossgrove & Company, we bring our clients material savings year over year without sacrificing benefits.  Contact us to see what we can do for you and your organization!

Employers seeing paramedical claims return to pre-pandemic levels

As the coronavirus crisis enters an endemic phase, employers are beginning to see a return to pre-pandemic levels in paramedical benefits’ usage.  Let us at Crossgrove & Company show you how best to go about premium stability for group benefits in years with high claims.

For many restaurant workers, health benefits are rare. Amid an 'existential' labour shortage, that's changing

Staffing shortage is pushing restaurant operators to be more competitive, expert says.  Some restaurants have started offering health or dental benefits for servers and cooks to attract new workers and help retain staff during a labour shortage.  In an industry that's all about taking care of people, group benefit plans through Crossgrove & Company will send the right message in taking care of your employees, as well.

88% of benefits plan sponsors satisfied with virtual health-care offerings

A majority (88 per cent) of benefits plan sponsors are very (34 per cent) or somewhat (54 per cent) satisfied with their organization’s virtual health-care offerings, up from nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) in 2021, according to the 2022 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey.  Here, at Crossgrove and Company, Member's Health has become a very popular virtual health care service amongst ourselves as well as our clients!

Do you need health and dental insurance in retirement?

About 2.2 million Canadians over 65 years old have supplementary health insurance coverage for drugs/dental through individual or group benefit plans, according to the Canadian Health and Life Insurance Association.  Still, there are millions left wondering if health and dental insurance are really necessary in retirement – and what options are out there.  Acquiring and retaininng quality employees has much to do with the group benefits that an organization offers its employees.  Whether you're an employer or an individual, Crossgrove & Company can guide you in making sound, affordable decisions when it comes to health coverage for yourself, your family, and even your employees.  Contact us today!

Paramedical benefits sector riding virtual health care wave

At the time, virtual physiotherapy might have seemed like a bit of a novelty. But then, roughly half a year later, the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Canada, sending employees to work from home and forcing a sudden change in how benefits were delivered. Virtual physiotherapy — and virtual everything else — was no longer a niche offering.  Contact us at Crossgrove & Company to find out about the many Group Benefit options available to you and your organization!

Medavie Blue Cross introduces new group plan option for small businesses

Medavie Blue Cross’s new “Benefits for Small Business” plan provides coverage for extended health care, including vision care, prescription drugs, dental, disability, in addition to life and travel insurance. It is available for small businesses with up to 10 employees in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.  As Group Benefit Consultants, we at Crossgrove & Company always have our finger on the pulse of the entire market, allowing us to get you the most suitable and robust plan available while providing you with material savings year over year!  Contact us today!

What's the solution to increasing drug-plan costs for plan sponsors?

"While drug-plan costs are increasing for plan sponsors, the causes for these increases may depend on which part of Canada a plan sponsor resides in."  Contact us at Crossgrove & Company to explore the ways in which you and your organization can address the rising costs of drugs for your plan members!

What’s Next In Group Benefits: Meeting Today’s Evolving Employee Needs

As employers renew their commitment to their employee benefits strategies, they’re looking to brokers and insurance carriers to help them deliver holistic offerings that reflect the evolving landscape and address employees’ financial wellbeing needs.  Contact us at Crossgrove & Company for a free comprehensive review that has us saving you 10% or more on equal or better group benefits!

Expert panel: How to communicate the value of a benefits plan to employees

Employee benefits plans are often one of the most expensive talent acquisition and retention tools offered by organizations these days. If this is the case, then why are many of these undeniably valuable plans continually struggling to convey that value?  With Crossgrove & Company, you get much more than just brokerage services.  We explain your benefits package and discuss options and strategies as a team or even with individual plan members.  Contact us today!

Expert Panel: Think of health-care spending accounts as the duct tape of benefits plans

Employers looking to improve some of their benefits plan’s shortcomings, while adding flexibility and value for all employees, need look no further than a health-care spending account.  Contact us today to have an experienced and successful advisor be your guide!

2020 Group Benefits Providers Report: Personal touch

The next decade will push group benefits plans into the era of hyper-personalization, thanks to new technologies like big data, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. In addition to providing a customized experience based on data-driven personas, providers are striving to tailor hyper-relevant experiences for individual users and their evolving contexts.  Contact us today to get expert advice on the efficiencies of your group benefits...