HUB Strata

High Blood Pressure

July 21, 2017 • Written by

High Blood Pressure

23% of Canadian adults are affected by high blood pressure according to the 2016 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report[1]. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of blood against your blood vessels is too high while circulating throughout your body.[2] Though high blood pressure is somewhat common, not everyone knows if they have hypertension. It is important to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis and consult your health care provider with any concerns. High blood pressure can lead to various health risks if not monitored and well controlled. Possible serious health risks include:[3]

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Dementia
  • Kidney (renal) disease
  • Eye problems (retinopathy)
  • Erectile dysfunction

Several causes of high blood pressure can be controlled. An unhealthy diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and stress are a few causes that can be controlled by lifestyle changes. Our Employee and Family Assistance Program through LifeWorks is a great resource to assist you in making these lifestyle changes.

While some causes of high blood pressure can be controlled, other causes of high blood pressure can’t be such as age and family history. Be proactive, know your family’s history of high blood pressure.[4]

For more information on high blood pressure and how to prevent or control hypertension, visit the Hypertension Canada website here.

STRATA Select Home Phone Program

The STRATA Select Program offers discounts on a variety of products and services. Through West Can, the Home Phone Program provides plans only $14.00 per month, plus 95 cents per month for 911. Plans are also available for subscribers who are heavy long distance users.

Visit your STRATA Select website for details!

Supporting Your Wellness

The LifeWorks website offers a wealth of information and resources to help you make the most of all aspects of your life. For the month of July, LifeWorks is featuring a suite of resources called It Takes a Village.

It Takes a Village showcases the variety of ways in which LifeWorks can support you through all stages of parenthood.

Be sure to visit www.lifeworks.com to take advantage of the 2017 content, including videos, podcasts, audio tips and much more.

For the RRC EFAP User ID and password, please contact Human Resource Services at 204-632-2319, or refer to one of the EFAP posters around campus.

 

[1] Gerber, John and Po, Priscilla. Express Scripts. (2017). Drug Trend Report 2016. Mississauga, Express Scripts Canada, 2017.

[2] What is blood pressure? Retrieved from https://www.hypertension.ca/en/hypertension/what-do-i-need-to-know/what-is-high-blood-pressure.

[3] Health risks associated with high blood pressure. Retrieved from https://www.hypertension.ca/en/hypertension/what-do-i-need-to-know/health-risks-associated-with-high-blood-pressure

[4] What are the causes. Retrieved from https://www.hypertension.ca/en/hypertension/what-do-i-need-to-know/what-are-the-causes

Prescription Drugs

June 21, 2017 • Written by

Prescription Drugs

The group benefits plan provides coverage for Drugs that require a prescription and are eligible under the provincial formulary. The Manitoba Formulary is constantly changing, with Pharmacare adding and removing drugs frequently. You are encouraged to discuss with your doctor and/or pharmacist to determine whether your medication is considered formulary or non-formulary and to make sure it is the right choice for you.

There are three different levels of drug coverage under the Manitoba formulary:

  • Part 1 – regardless of the need, the prescription is covered.
  • Part 2 – the prescription is covered only when prescribed for a specific condition which must be noted; if the condition is not specified on the prescription or not eligible, the medication will not be eligible.
  • Part 3 – Exception Drug Status (EDS) medications – medications listed in this category are only eligible if you have received prior approval from Manitoba Pharmacare.

In addition, if you have high drug costs Pharmacare may pay your prescription drug costs once you have reached your annual deductible. Your Pharmacare deductible is based on both your total family income, and the amount you pay for eligible prescription drugs. Application to Pharmacare can either be made on a one-time basis or annually. For more information on Pharmacare and to calculate your Pharmacare deductible, please visit their website at www.gov.mb.ca/health/pharmacare.

For more information or to check if your drug is eligible under the Manitoba Formulary click here.

Exception Drug Status

Approval for Part 3 medications is given on a case-by-case basis. Your doctor must submit the application on your behalf to Manitoba Health. Manitoba Health will send you a letter confirming your eligibility for coverage. If you are approved, simply send a copy of the letter to Great-West Life to have your record updated for the period of time as outlined on you letter and retain the original. Reimbursement will not be issued unless a copy of the approval is provided.

Generic Substitution

Our plan includes generic substitution, which means that the drug prescribed by the doctor will be automatically exchanged with the lowest priced generic equivalent. The only exception to this is if your doctor has indicated on the prescription that there is no substitution allowed. Please note, a generic equivalent must have the same therapeutic benefit as the associated brand name medication.

STRATA Select Choice Hotels

The STRATA Select Program offers discounts on a variety of products and services. You can save up to 15% on Choice Hotels®. Choice Hotels® has over 325 locations spanning all provinces, over 6,300 locations worldwide and includes names such as Comfort™, Quality®, Clarion® and a few others like the upscale Ascent Hotel Collection®.

Booking is easy, visit your STRATA Select website for details!

Supporting Your Wellness

The LifeWorks website offers a wealth of information and resources to help you make the most of all aspects of your life. For the month of June, LifeWorks is featuring a suite of resources called LifeWorks Can Help.

LifeWorks Can Help showcases the variety of ways in which LifeWorks can assist you with finding solutions to personal or work conflicts, locating a therapist, managing stress and reaching your financial goals, or even preparing for retirement.

Be sure to visit www.lifeworks.com to take advantage of the 2017 content, including videos, podcasts, audio tips and much more.

Please contact Human Resource Services at 204-632-2319, or refer to one of the EFAP posters around campus for the EFAP User ID and password.