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Private insurance push for CPP disability benefits hurts sick, critics warn

Updated on Dec 24, 2015

Source: CBC News

Private insurance push for CPP disability benefits hurts sick, critics warn

Some Calgarians are calling for change to a long-standing and little-known collection between the Canada Pension Plan Disability profit and private insurance companies.

They claim it can also leave sick and dying patients owing thousands in back taxes — or getting hundreds of dollars less a month to survive on.

It could also mean that more than $1 billion a year from federal coffers is going to offset the costs of private insurance company instead of into the pockets of those with long-term disabilities.

It’s a complicated procedure that leaves the sick and sometimes dying mired in paperwork and, in some cases, further behind financially.

Patients speak out

“I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think it’s fair at all,” said Greg Blundon, who bears the scars of a battle that began 22 years ago with a brain cancer diagnosis underneath his long, gently greying hair.

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After rounds of emission, complicated surgery and ongoing medicine, part of Blundon’s tumour remain embedded in his brain. As the years passed, he struggle with cognitive disintegration and seizures. He ultimately found himself unable to keep on his work as an IT security analyst.

“I’ve been paying [into] LTD for 22 years, so I thought, ‘that’s it I’m covered.’ But the letters came and they came,” said Blundon, his words slow and laboured. “There was no option, really. I had to apply.”

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