Manulife Partnering With Shoppers Drug Mart on Medical Cannabis Coverage

Article by The Canadian Press via CBC News

Manulife partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart on medical marijuana coverage Shoppers Drug Mart's deal with Aurora comes after it recently signed similar deals with licensed medical marijuana producers Aphria, MedReleaf and Tilray. (Graeme Roy/Canadian Press; Ron Ward/Canadian Press)

Manulife Financial Corp. has partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to offer enhanced medical marijuana insurance coverage.

The insurance company said Tuesday that clients who have been approved for medical marijuana coverage will be able to consult with Shoppers pharmacists at an Ontario-based patient care centre about different strains of medical marijuana and the different ways to take it.

Manulife customers will then be able to choose treatment that is covered under their Manulife plan and receive ongoing case management.

“Medical marijuana can be complex. Most medically-authorized patients need help finding the right solution for their condition,” said Donna Carbell, senior vice president of group benefits at Manulife in a statement.

The program will be available as an option for participating group and individual health insurance plans starting in the fall.

The insurance company — which was already offering medical cannabis coverage to clients on a selective basis — says more details of the program with Shoppers will become available once the program takes effect.

Manulife’s program is part of an evolving landscape of medical marijuana insurance coverage in Canada.

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