The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (v) has released a statement saying industry-wide data collected over the past six months shows that most who had prescription drug benefit coverage through their health plans in March, continue to be covered.

The statement which follows the publication of the CLHIA Canadian Life & Health Insurance Facts report, says data shows that 98.5 per cent of the 27-million clients who had coverage through their health benefits plans in March still have coverage today.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis, life and health insurers have been closely monitoring the number of Canadians covered by workplace health benefits, including prescription drug coverage. These workplace plans have shown remarkable resilience through this unprecedented pandemic,” says Stephen Frank, CLHIA president and CEO.

“Canada’s life and health insurers have been working to help employees maintain these benefits by proactively providing premium reductions and other forms of premium deferrals to help reduce costs. Insurers have also been working with health professionals to provide access to virtual care services, including mental health supports covered by their workplace plans.”