Brian Paterson, Chair; Members: Bill Cann, Pat Bowslaugh, Doreen Sage
Even with the COVID-19 Crisis still ongoing,
your Benefits Committee has had a very busy
year. Beginning in September and through
January 2020, your Benefits Committee worked
in unison with Jessica Simpson and Jeff Bennett
of Johnson Inc. to get the best rates for our RTAM
Plan members. For example, when Des Jardin, the
underwriter for the Johnson Travel Plan, wanted
to raise rates by 36%, Johnson looked around and
came up with Royal Sun Alliance who not only kept
the rates stable for the first year, but raised the rate
to 2.69% for the second year as of April 01, 2021. The
plan was renamed the Prestige Travel Plan. As of
April 1, 2020, travellers can return to Canada and
land anywhere in Canada. They can return to their
vacation as long as the member is travelling within
their base plan of 62 days. As of April 1, 2020, all
travel clients will be placed on the 62 day plan. If
more time is wanted, they must notify Johnson by
telephone, email, fax, or other method.
Note that there was a 0.6% increase in premium in
the Dental Plan. The Extended Health Care premiums
did not increase, 0%. EHC clients get an extra $100
for vaccinations. The Plan reserve fund was not used
this year. House and Insurance funds are available.
Contact Johnson Inc. at 1-877-989-2600.
As regards Johnson and the COVID-19 Crisis,
Johnson Inc. became really busy when the crisis
began and when the travel ban was implemented as
of March 13, 2020. Many people had cut their trips
short and were returning home. Johnson Inc. had
paid out over 30 million in travel claims during the
time period of April 1, 2020 – June, 2020.
Johnson Insurance will be giving all Prestige
Travel members a premium holiday of four months,
from September, 2020, to December, 2020, inclusive.
All members will be notified by email or mail in the
coming months. Johnson had a 213% increase in
2020 from 2019.
These are different times and while the globe
continues to confront the pandemic and travel
uncertainty, Johnson wishes to share this quick update.
At Johnson insurance, their core objective is
to protect their customers. They are proud that
Prestige Travel Insurance has already supported a
record number of customers who have had to cancel
a future trip or whose trip was interrupted and
needed help returning to Canada. Prestige Travel
insurance is designed to cover multiple trips, allowing
the customer flexibility to take advantage of trip
cancellation and medical coverage throughout the
year while still being priced competitively.
Following the Government of Canada's travel advisory,
Johnson understands how this pandemic has impacted
your plans. Johnson has heard your concerns. Prestige
Travel insurance continues to provide medical coverage
for many Canadians who have as yet been unable to
return to their homes in Canada.
Trip Cancellation continues for trips booked prior
to the travel advisory. Travel within Canada is still
covered as our provincial borders may gradually
begin to open and your policy is still in force. While
there are many unknowns as to what the travel world
will look like, Johnson has been working diligently
with their stakeholders and their affinity partners
to provide additional value to their policy holders.
Their hope is that with more time, more certainty
and stability in the travel industry will emerge. It
is Johnson's hope that we will all be able to enjoy
Johnson's leading travel insurance in the future.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses
closed. Many health care practitioners were offering
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