B.C. finds common ground in federal government's throne speech
VICTORIA — B.C. is keeping a watchful eye for common ground in the new agenda Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government unveiled in Ottawa on Thursday. The federal Liberal government’s speech from throne promised action on housing affordability, child care, First Nations reconciliation, climate change, cellphone bills and health care — all priorities of Premier John Horgan’s B.C. NDP government. “I heard some promising common ground today,” said B.C. Finance Minister Carole James. “ Federal commitments in these areas align with the policies we are advancing and the services we are delivering for British Columbians.
3:21 Military admits mistakes with cuts to health care reimbursements . Global News has confirmed with sources within the military , provincial and federal governments that the federal government made major changes this spring to the fees it reimburses to hospitals when they provide health care
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro is calling on the federal government to reverse a decision Updated October 9, 2019 7:43 pm. 2:14 UCP government calls on Ottawa to reverse military READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Federal government cuts reimbursements for military health care
The federal government has “paused” a decision about military health-care payments that would have cost Albertans an estimated $2 million this year.
In October, Alberta Health Ministercalled on the federal government to reverse a May decision to change how the Department of National Defence (DND) reimburses provincial health-care providers for services to members of the military.
At the time, he said the military had ceased paying Alberta Health Services and doctors the full cost of some health-care services. Shandro gave the example of a $1,400 procedure where the military was paying $200.
New health team model will improve patient care, minister pledges
A new health care system unveiled in Ottawa Friday will help free up hospital beds and improve care for patients, including those who need home care and long-term care, the Ontario government says. The Ottawa Health Team is one of 24 such organizations that will initially take over responsibilities from Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks, which are in the process of being dissolved. The new health teams aim to better connect community health care centres with hospitals, meals-on-wheels services, addiction recovery supports and long-term care facilities, said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
Health Reimbursement Account is a notional derivative of a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), a type of US employer-funded health benefit plan that reimburses employees for out-of-pocket medical expenses and, in limited cases, to pay for health insurance plan premiums.
Legal Status. Rule. Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; Subrogation and Reimbursement The comments all expressed support for the regulation and suggested some changes to clarify the (a) All health benefit plan contracts shall provide that the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB)
The military is responsible for members’ medical care, much of which is provided through its own health-care workers. When an armed forces member visits a publicly insured doctor or has surgery in a civilian hospital, they bill the military, which reimburses them.
They bill the military at the same rate as if the patient was visiting from out of province.
In October, former Edmonton-Centre Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault said the provinces were billing the military more than it would charge for the same care to other citizens, which was unfair. Shandro refutes this.
The change to payments was anticipated to save the military about $24 million a year.
Shandro had said the move was disrespectful to military personnel.
Both the Alberta and federal governments said care to military members was never interrupted.
Singh reiterates support for Fredericton abortion clinic fighting to stay open
FREDERICTON — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visited a Fredericton abortion clinic Saturday that is struggling to remain open because New Brunswick does not cover abortions performed outside hospitals. Singh voiced his support for Clinic 554 and met with medical director Adrian Edgar. The clinic's fate drew attention to the provincial policy and became a focal point on the issue of abortion access during the fall federal election. Singh voiced his support for Clinic 554 and met with medical director Adrian Edgar.
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHC is a designation by the Federal Government . FQHCs may participate in the APG reimbursement methodology as an "alternative rate setting methodology" as authorized by Public Health Law Section 2807(8)(f). FQHCs cannot be negatively
The Military Health System (MHS) is the enterprise within the United States Department of Defense that provides health care to active duty
Changes reversed in response to Ontario and Quebec governments
Last summer, the governments of Ontario and Quebec told the federal government it had concerns about the reimbursement rate changes, said Maj. Vincent Bouchard, public affairs officer for the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, in a Friday email.
Discussions with those two provinces led the military to better understand the implications on some hospitals and revert back to previous reimbursement rates, he said.
“This did create some difficulties for some hospitals as they had insufficient notice to adjust their annual budgets,” Bouchard said.
Although Bouchard said the federal government had given provinces two months’ advance notice about the change, the Alberta government said it wasn’t informed until June 10. Albertans elected a United Conservative Party government on April 16, usurping the NDP government.
Federal govt's refusal to provide clean needles in prison to be challenged today
TORONTO — An Ontario court is set to hear today a constitutional challenge to the federal ban on needles for drug-using prisoners. The case, launched in 2012 by former prisoner Steven Simons, argues the current rules violate inmates' rights and expose them to serious blood-borne diseases. Several HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations are also involved in the challenge, saying the federal government must meet its legal obligation to protect the health of people in prison.The government has argued in court filings that giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners would make federal facilities more dangerous, since syringes could be used as weapons.
HRA reimbursements under an employer’s accident or health plan for medical care expenses covering only an employee, their spouse, dependents This exception preserves the exclusion from gross income for reimbursements of medical expenses of the employee and the employee’s spouse
4. Increased Access to Quality Mental Health Care The list of mental health counselors qualifying for reimbursement under the Tricare program will be expanded The DoD will also create a system to compile and analyze data regarding mental health services and treatment at military medical facilities.
The federal government notified provinces it was reversing course on Oct. 11, two days after Shandro’s press conference.
Hospitals can seek retroactive reimbursements from the military, he said.
In the 2018-19 fiscal year, DND paid Alberta providers nearly $15 million for health services, including $6.7 million for hospital visits.
Bouchard said it’s possible the military could change reimbursement rates in the future, but next time, it will be done with additional consultation with provinces and territories. DND will not cut overall funding for health services to members of the Forces, he said.
“It is anticipated that if consultation results in any future reimbursement policy change, adjustments will be communicated far enough in advance to ensure that hospitals’ and health-care systems’ business planning cycles are respected,” Bouchard said.
Shandro said Friday Alberta Health Services reports the military has returned to paying the full cost of medical services.
“I understand the federal government has said they may want to make changes again in the future, so we’ll monitor this closely,” he said. “We hope next time we’ll be notified well in advance and have input into any proposed change.”
Canada looking at military engineers, on-the-ground training for peacekeeping .
OTTAWA — Canada is exploring the possible deployment of military engineers as the newly re-elected Liberal government takes a fresh look at ways to step up its support for United Nations peacekeeping, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The government is also looking at having Canadian military trainers join peacekeepers from other nations in the field to help them better do their jobs. Both would be on top of commitments Canada has already made to the UN in recent years, though the minister cautioned talks between the two sides are still in the very early stages and no decisions have been made.