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GroupNet for Plan Members & Digital Benefits Card

June 30, 2021

GroupNet gives you access to your benefits information and many user-friendly features conveniently on a mobile friendly platform available on any device!

GroupNet Features

Once you have registered for GroupNet you can:

  • Access your plan details
  • Access your Digital Benefits Card
  • View benefit balances
  • Access claim forms
  • Access your benefits booklet
  • Submit eligible claims
  • Access Canada Life’s Health & Wellness site
  • View your claim status, claim history and Explanation of Benefits (EOB)
  • Sign up for direct deposit to receive benefit payments faster
  • Search for eligible drugs or locate your nearest provider with Provider eClaims

How do I register GroupNet?

To register for GroupNet you will need:
1. Your Plan Number
2. Your Member ID

Registering only takes a few minutes. To register:

If you need help registering, click on the Need help registering link at the top of the registration screen.

Digital Benefits Card

Through GroupNet you can access your digital benefits card. Follow these steps to view, save and print your card online:

You can also view and save your card to your mobile device through the GroupNew mobile app.

Provider eClaims

Provider eClaims offers point of sale claim submission at approved providers, including chiropractors, physiotherapists and opticians who have registered. You can find out if your provider is registered by checking the provider listing on GroupNet.

Online Claim Submission

You can submit many of your claims online for faster processing and payment! Online claim submission is available for covered health care services such as prescription drugs, dental, vision and paramedical services.

At times, Canada Life may require a paper claim form and/or an invoice or receipt for certain claims, including medical services and supplies. Canada Life will notify you if a paper claim is required. If you are unsure, you can contact Canada Life at 1-800-957-9777 to determine whether your claim can be submitted online. If you need a paper claim form, they are available on GroupNet for Plan Members.

The above is a summary of the provisions of the group plan. In the event of a discrepancy between this benefit and the master contract, the terms of the group contract will apply.

Supporting Your Wellness

Many of us lead busy lives with numerous work and family commitments. Sometimes these commitments leave us feeling tired or anxious, and we can easily go long periods without relaxing. This is especially true as the pandemic continues to impact our lives. However, relaxation is perhaps the single most important key to health and well-being. It is vital to combating stress, which is known to contribute to the development of various diseases. Many mental health professionals suggest we take at least ten minutes a day to wind down. Taking this small amount of time for ourselves can reduce potential mental health problems, memory failure, or various physical ailments.

The benefits of relaxation are well documented, including:

  • Energy restoration. We often neglect the fact that we regularly push ourselves to the maximum. In order to keep generating more energy, we need to let our bodies rest. Relaxing allows our batteries to recharge and generate more energy that we can then devote to our activities.
  • Bodily repair. Our bodies are designed to repair themselves from the daily wear and tear we impose on them, and this mostly happens while we relax. By taking time to relax, we allow our bodies the opportunity to focus on healing.
  • Increased mental focus. Just as we push our bodies, we also tend to push our minds past their limits. Intense thinking can be just as draining as physical exertion. When we set aside time to relax, we quiet our thoughts and let our minds rest. This can often be more restorative than the physical aspects of relaxation.
  • Mood improvement. Relaxation can help us feel happier. Just the act of resting relieves stress and allows us to feel content. We can even take a more proactive role in improving our mood during periods of rest and enhance the effect. For instance, relaxation techniques such as visualizing a pleasant memory contribute a great deal to improving our mood.

Unfortunately, sometimes we are not able to relax. Maybe we don’t know how, cannot afford the time, or perhaps we find that our minds wander. Relaxing can be difficult, especially if we’re really busy.

We don’t necessarily need to relax in solitude, or solely when we’re at home. In fact, taking a few moments to relax while at work has been known to increase productivity and decrease restlessness. If you find that while at work or home you regularly feel stressed, tense, or anxious, try partaking in the simple activities listed below.

  • Clean your workspace. Clear your desk and virtual desktop, often. A cluttered desk will distract you, as each item is something you have to think about when you look at it. Keep a clear desk and your mind will follow suit.
  • Remember to breathe. Take even just two minutes to practice deep breathing – it shouldn’t be confined to meditation. Try to focus, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.Practicing deep breathing exercises often will train your body to take full breaths. This can be helpful to reduce your workday stress, going forward.
  • Exercise. Virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever and relax you. Post-workout, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. You may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism from a workout, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
  • Meditate. Find time to meditate for 10 or 15 minutes each day. Meditation helps you control the flow of thoughts and will help you quell your worries and anxieties. Guided meditation is an easy introduction for those who have never meditated.
  • Read. ‘Relaxation reading’ is a great way to unwind. Lose yourself in the pages of the written word and stay away from reading anything work-related. The benefits of relaxation reading should not be underestimated, and the expression ‘curling up with a good book’ epitomizes the escapism that relaxation reading can provide.

Relaxation is extremely important. In general, it may seem counterproductive to set aside time to relax in the midst of a busy schedule. However, doing so either at work or at home can actually help us increase our productivity, accomplish more in less time, and feel happier overall.

To read the complete article ‘The Importance of Relaxation’ or find additional resources, visit the homeweb.ca site provided by your EFAP provider, Homewood Health.

You and your family can access confidential support 24/7 through the Homewood Health EFAP. Your EFAP can help with a variety of situations such as stress, anxiety, depression, life change and transitions and relationship concerns to name a few.

Your full suite of EFAP services includes counselling, Life Smart Coaching and Online resources, including homeweb.ca.

The EFAP is a professional and confidential service to support you in all aspects of your life. Click here to review the Homewood Health EFAP resources available to you and to get contact information.