Stay up-to-date with newsletters from AOMBT

March 24, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives, AOM, Practice Administration, Other.

Stay up-to-date with newsletters from AOMBT

As we navigate these challenging times, the health and wellbeing of AOMBT staff and AOMBT plan members continues to be at the heart of our efforts.

We commit to keeping you informed on the actions we are taking that best support all of us as well as provide you with timely, relevant updates related to your benefits plan and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commencing this week, we are providing members with new COVID-19 updates related to your benefits plan. Not receiving emails? Make sure you're subscribed to either the midwife or staff plan mailing list.

Tax Time for Midwives (Video)

March 11, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

Tax Time for Midwives (Video)

Presented by Susan Morrison, a CPA who knows all about the unique way in which midwives are compensated, Tax Time for Midwives will help midwives prepare for tax season. What documents do you need to have before you start? How is self-employed income taxed? Are there any deductions and credits for which you are eligible?

Download the presentation, or watch the video below

VOTE NOW for your AOMBT Trustees!

March 4, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

The AOM Benefits Trust is pleased to announce that we received 4 nominations for the 2 available Trustee positions. Therefore, we are holding an election.

The nominees include Kim Alderdice, Adriana Fontaine, Michelle Kryzanauskas, and Annette Rudel.

All midwife plan members (in Good Standing) have received an email with a link and unique voter ID and password to access the secure on-line election platform through Simply Voting. Voting closes on Friday, March 27 at 5pm ET, at which time the results are decided by majority.

Read more about what Trustees do on our Governance page. A brief bio of each nominee appears on the Simply Voting election page.

If you have any questions about the election process, or have not yet received the email with your unique ID and password, please contact us!

2019 Member Information Report (MIR) now available online!

March 3, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

2019 Member Information Report (MIR) now available online!

Your 2019 Member Information Report (MIR) is ready to view and download!

The Member Information Report (MIR) is an annual financial statement compiled by the AOM Benefits Trust providing midwife plan members timely, accurate information about their benefits funding and other programs which you participate in.

In previous years, the MIR has been mailed to you and available in print format. This year, the AOM Benefits Trust will be piloting a fully automated and online MIR. By automating the MIR, it allows you to access the information earlier than in previous years and represents a cost savings for the Trust.

The application to download the MIR is compatible with all desktop/laptop browsers and most mobile devices however, formatting may not be 100%. We will continue to roll out enhancements as we further utilize this application in coming years.

Read more

Deadline extended!

February 4, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

Deadline extended!

The deadline has been extended for applications to be part of 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 February 28, 2020.

A new look for the Member Information Report

January 27, 2020 | Filed under Public, Midwives.

A new look for the Member Information Report

Starting this year, the annual Member Information Report (MIR) produced by the Trust will be fully automated and online.

Hosted on a secure web app, the MIR link will be emailed to members (make sure your email address is correct by logging in to the AOMBT Portal) in late February or early March, and posted on midwivesbenefits.ca. Automating the MIR not only allows the Trust to get the MIR out to members more quickly, it also represents a significant cost savings.

The Member Information Report is an important financial planning tool for midwives. It reflects your total benefits funding and shows how these funds were allocated to the various components of the benefits plan. If you want a hardcopy for your files, you’ll be able to download and print the MIR. If applicable, you will also be able to view and download tax receipts for your supplementary fees, and health and dental premiums.

Your practice will provide you with your total BCC income, and your GRSP receipts come directly from Desjardins. If you are missing any GRSP receipts, you can download these by logging in to dfs.ca/participant (click on "Your account"). Leave Savings receipts (T3s) will be mailed out separately by the end of March, and T4As will be sent out separately by the end of February.

If you are unable to view or print your MIR from the Trust, please contact us at 866-418-3773 or info@midwivesbenefits.ca for a hardcopy version.

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.

Changes are coming to the AOMBT Benefits Program

July 26, 2019 | Filed under Public, Midwives, Trustees.

Changes are coming to our benefits plan effective August 2019. In order to share information and give plan members a forum to discuss their concerns, the AOM Benefits Trust Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive Director invited midwives to join an information session to discuss the recent changes. To access the slides presented, click here to download the presentation. Watch for more updates in the weeks to come.