The AOM Benefits Trust will be closed for the winter holidays. Our last day will be Friday, December 20, 2019, and we will re-open Thursday, January 2, 2020. You will still be able to submit claims online and contact SSQ Insurance during this time. Don't forget, the deadline to submit any outstanding claims from prior to September 30, 2019, to Equitable Life is December 31, 2019.
From all of us here at the Trust, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
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:
Midwives will need to log in in order to access the presentation.
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.
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.
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!
Starting today, AOM Benefits Trust plan members can access our new benefits plan through SSQ Insurance. You can register for your online account on the AOMBT group page, 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.
From September 1 - 30, our Critical Illness insurer, CHUBB, will accept applications for Guaranteed Issue Optional Critical Illness coverage of up to $25,000. Applications will be accepted without the requirement of medical evidence.
Optional Critical Illness coverage can be purchased to supplement your basic coverage, or to provide coverage for your eligible dependents. Click to download the premium calculator.
We encourage you to consider your family’s needs and personal situation when contemplating optional Critical Illness coverage. A major illness could have a debilitating effect on a person’s life and could potentially translate into huge medical costs that leave a family struggling to meet daily expenses. In such situations, Critical Illness insurance provides financial security for both medical treatment and for supporting your family. While disability policies cover lost income due to an accident or illness, Critical Illness insurance policies pay a lump-sum tax-free benefit in the event you are diagnosed with a serious, life-altering illness or condition, and survive a certain amount of days.
Applications for guaranteed issue optional coverage will be accepted until September 30, 2018. The application form is available for midwives and employer plan member groups. Please mail, fax, or email your completed application to:
AOM Benefits Trust
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3L4
Tel: 1.866.418.3773 or 416.425.9974
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 email@example.com or Nicole Mellin, Executive Director, AOMBT at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling: 416.425.9974 or 1.866.418.3773 Ext. 2281
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.
Recently Desjardins discovered that the personal information of many of their credit union members had been shared with individuals outside the organization. We want to assure you that we are aware of the situation and it is in no way related to Desjardins’ retirement business, and does not impact our plan members. The AOM Benefits Trust has confirmed with our Desjardins senior account representative that Trust members’ personal information remains secure.
Additional details can be found in a press release on the Desjardins website.