The Latest from the AOMBT

All the latest from the AOMBT, including events, presentations and program updates. Please note that plan members may need to log in to access some of these resources.

The Call for Nominations is Open!

January 24, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives, Trustees.

The Call for Nominations is Open!

The AOM Benefits Trust is currently seeking nominations for two (2) Trustee positions. As the 2020 Trustee nominations process is launched, we look to enhance the diverse representation of Trustees that is reflective of our membership.

AOMBT Trustees and staff are committed to the inclusion, perspectives and representation of all people. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. We will ensure this diversity of varying needs and voices are present in our work so that decisions better serve our members.

Resources are available for you to learn more about this important role and what it's like to be a Trustee. Please follow the links to learn more including: the Trustee Position Description, or access our FAQ, Being a Trustee: Answers to Your Questions.

We welcome midwives:

…of all ages and stages in life
…from all cultural and diverse backgrounds
…from communities throughout the province of Ontario
…who would appreciate the opportunity to influence positive change and improve the quality of life for midwives and the midwifery community throughout the province of Ontario

If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague, download a nomination form and submit it to us by mail, fax or email by 5:00pm EST, February 20, 2020.

Update: Admin Fees for EMCMs

January 21, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

Effective January 2020 and as approved by Trustees, a new 10% administrative fee on benefit premiums will be introduced. This impacts midwife plan members who are not receiving Benefits Funding, but remain members of the AOMBT Benefits Plan. This is to ensure the plan costs are equitable for all midwife plan members, regardless of their billing model. If premiums are currently being deducted from your personal bank account, the increase will be reflected on the February 10, 2020 deduction for January 2020, and each month thereafter.

Also effective January 2020, the $100 annual administration fee comes into effect for midwives who have been approved for Non-Participation in the AOMBT Benefits plan, including EMCM midwives who have proof of alternate coverage through their employer, Locums, IMPs, and members with less than 10 BCCs. The fee can be paid by direct debit withdrawal or by e-transfer. More information on the program and eligibility requirements are available here.

All midwives responsible for administrative fees can expect a communication from the Trust in the coming weeks.

Get involved – Join the Member Services Committee!

January 9, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

Get involved – Join the Member Services Committee!

Trustees and staff are committed to the inclusion, perspectives and representation of all people. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. For 2020 and beyond, we will ensure this diversity of varying needs and voices is more present in our work so that decisions better serve our members. As such, we are currently recruiting up to 3 non-Trustee midwives for one of our standing committees, the Member Services Committee.

The objectives of the Member Services Committee include supporting the physical, mental and financial health of our members in a cost-effective way, to ensure the services we deliver equitably impacts all midwives; and to deliver effective, transparent and timely communication between the Trust and members.

The Member Services Committee meets approximately once every month (no more than 10 meetings per year) for 1.5 hours by teleconference. In between meetings, Committee members are invited to share feedback, questions and comments on documents and other materials.

Interested in getting involved? Fill out the Statement of Interest, and return it to admin@midwivesbenefits.ca by January 30, 2020.

For Your Benefit - Staff Plan newsletter for Winter 2019

December 12, 2019 | Filed under Public.

For Your Benefit - Staff Plan newsletter for Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 edition of For Your Benefit is out! This newsletter for all members of the Trust's staff plan features articles on winter wellness, how to protect yourself from fraud, benefits coverage updates, and more.

To access the newsletter for your plan member group, please click below or subscribe to our mailing list to receive by email.

Practice Administrative Staff

Toronto Birth Centre Staff

AOM Staff

AOMBT Staff

Slides now available from information session for Midwife Plan Members

November 19, 2019 | Filed under Public.

Slides now available from information session for Midwife Plan Members

Over the last few weeks, the AOM Benefits Trust held information sessions on updates to the benefits plan, in conjunction with the AOM Regional Meetings. The presentation is now available online for viewing:

Full presentation

Excerpt: Changes to benefits coverage

Midwives will need to log in in order to access the presentation.

AOM Benefits Trust information session for Midwife Plan Members

November 11, 2019 | Filed under Public.

This fall, the AOM Benefits Trust shared information about updates to the benefits plan at information sessions at the AOM Regional Meetings.

For members who were unable to attend in person, an online session will be held on November 14, from noon to 1 pm. A link for Midwife Plan Members to join the meeting is in the AOM Midwifery Memo. The presentation slides will be posted online after the event.

SSQ Insurance information session for Staff Plan members

October 15, 2019 | Filed under Public.

SSQ Insurance information session for Staff Plan members

Thanks to all who joined us online and in person for a presentation with SSQ Insurance, our new benefits carrier. If you missed the presentation for Staff plan members, you can view the slide deck online. Further presentations will be held in November for Midwife plan members, in conjunction with the AOM regional meetings. Hope to see you there!

To access the slide deck for your plan member group, please click below. You must be logged into your plan member account.

Practice Administrative Staff

Toronto Birth Centre Staff

AOM Staff

AOMBT Staff

We want to hear from you!

October 10, 2019 | Filed under Public.

We want to hear from you!

The AOM Benefits Trust is redesigning our website. We’re interested in hearing your ideas and opinions on how to make our website a better resource for you. Please complete this brief survey to let us know your thoughts – it only takes three minutes. Plan members who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for a $25 gift card to Tim Horton’s!

New Benefits Plan starts today!

October 1, 2019 | Filed under Public.

New Benefits Plan starts today!

Starting today, AOM Benefits Trust plan members can access our new benefits plan through SSQ Insurance. You can register for your online account at ssq.ca, using policy number 11VP0 and the certificate number on your SSQ Insurance card, which you should have received via mail. You'll also find information on the group page including Benefits at a Glance, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, how to access your new EAP: Health InSight, and how to register for direct deposit and download the SSQ app for your phone.

To learn even more about the new benefits plan,attend one of our information sessions. The AOMBT is hosting a session in Toronto or online on October 10 for Staff Plan Members, and in November for Midwife Plan Members at the AOM Regional Meetings.

If you have not received your SSQ Welcome package including your benefit card by October 6, please contact SSQ Insurance at 1-888-651-8181 and a representative will be able to assist you.

If you are currently travelling and need your certificate number right away, please call the AOM Benefits Trust and we’ll be able to provide the information you need.

New Insurance Carrier for AOMBT: SSQ Insurance

July 31, 2019 | Filed under Public.

AOMBT Trustees are excited to announce our new benefits carrier: SSQ Insurance.

As the 6th largest life insurer in the country and celebrating their 75th anniversary, SSQ is a  Canadian company with working-class roots. They have grown to serve more than 3 million customers, with 2,000 employees, and $12 billion in assets – a success story and beacon of hope for all those who subscribe to cooperative ideals. Their mutual ownership structure provides a distinct advantage for partners such as the AOM Benefits Trust and our plan members, as SSQ doesn’t have the same external pressures as other insurance carriers to produce year-over-year returns. Their commitment is to their clients. SSQ has an added commitment to social responsibility which is reflected in their corporate culture and business practices, with a strong emphasis on community and environmental issues.

SSQ serves numerous hospital groups and health professional associations across Canada and are committed to deepening their understanding of the complex needs of being a midwife. They have a strong track record of longstanding client relationships resulting from cost-effective, innovative benefit plans that meet the needs of plan members and their families.

Trustees are confident that with the attributes noted above, SSQ, as a wholly Canadian company with women in senior leadership roles, will be a great fit for Ontario midwives and all AOMBT plan members for years to come.

A reminder that short and long-term disability for midwife plan members only will transfer to SSQ effective August 1st. All other benefits for AOMBT plan members will be transitioning to SSQ effective October 1st, 2019. More information and specifics about our new plan including cost of benefit premiums will be provided soon. For Practice Partners with administrative staff, please share the news with your staff who are on the benefits plan.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Kelly Gascoigne, Chair, AOMBT at chair@midwivesbenefits.ca or Nicole Mellin, Executive Director, AOMBT at info@midwivesbenefits.ca or by calling: 416.425.9974 or 1.866.418.3773 Ext. 2281