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Saskatchewan PST on Travel Insurance

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

As part of the 2017 budget, the government of Saskatchewan both raised the rate of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) from five per cent to six per cent and applied PST to an increased number of goods and services including travel medical insurance premiums.

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PST SK Travel Insurance Premiums

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

In the recent 2017 budget, the government of Saskatchewan announced that it was raising the rate of the provincial sales tax (PST) from five per cent to six per cent

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Preparation is Key for a Rewarding Snowbird Travel Season

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

Spending the winter in the sunny south sure beats contending with the ice and snow of our Canadian winters. If you are truly going to enjoy the fruits of the snowbird lifestyle experience, preparation is key.

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FAQs – BC Seven Month Absence

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

FAQs – Seven Month Absence in a Calendar Year for Longer Term Vacationers – Amendments have been made to the maximum period of time a resident can stay out of the province and continue to maintain Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage.

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Travel Health Insurance is a Tax Deductible Expense, and more

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, As usual, I read CSANews from cover to cover for its valuable information and advice concerning travel and medical insurance during our annual stay in Florida for the winter months. The current issue, however, contains two items of personal opinion, which I feel deserve a response. In your editorial, I was naturally […]

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GHIP Reimbursement

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I know you have received many letters regarding out-of-country medical expenses submitted to OHIP, but I thought your readers might be interested in my experience. On June1, 2005, I underwent coronary bypass surgery. When applying for out-of-country medical coverage for the following winter I took out a policy with Medipac with a […]

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Health Care Premium

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I have written to my MPP and voiced my objection to the health care premium recently announced in Ontario and I wanted to pass this along to the CSA. Seniors on fixed incomes who have been fortunate enough to be able to afford the health care costs while wintering south of the […]

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Insurance options for retired government employees

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I am a retired federal employee spending each winter in Florida. I have medical coverage under the Public Service Health Care Plan for up to 40 days outside of Canada. To extend this, I fly back and forth to Ontario every few weeks to keep renewing the 40-day coverage, a rather expensive […]

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Strong Dollar, High Premiums?

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk: I was interested in reading your Editor’s Message in the winter issue of CSANews (issue 65). There is no doubt that the Canadian dollar is buying much more than it did in even the recent past. All snowbirds hope that the rates of exchange stay where they are for many years to […]

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Competitive Prices

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I think it is great that the CSA supports the Medipac Insurance program and vice/versa. It is an important membership benefit to a lot of members and I am sure the insurers have a successful operation financially. However, what bothers me is that it is not cost effective for all members and […]

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