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Great Win for Disabled RCMP Veterans

Mar 07

This is a great win for disabled RCMP Veterans.

Rolly Beaulieu

News Release
Disabled RCMP veterans reach settlement with the Canadian Government in disability benefit class action

CNW Newswire 2014-03-07
HALIFAX, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ – Earlier today, Canadian law firms McInnes Cooper and Branch MacMaster announced a proposed class action settlement with the Government of Canada over the reduction of disabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans’ long term disability benefits.
The proposed settlement of White and Buote v. Her Majesty the Queen, which still requires Federal Court approval, is projected to provide a total of over $31 million in benefits, plus interest, to approximately 1,000 disabled RCMP veterans. The proposed settlement also provides that the reduction will cease for all RCMP veterans currently receiving benefits and RCMP members who are medically released in the future.
The Federal Court is scheduled to consider approval of the settlement in Halifax on June 20, 2014. If it is approved, class members should receive their refund within six months of approval.

This case was initiated on June 6, 2008 by A. Gerard (“Gerry”) Buote on behalf of all disabled RCMP veterans whose long term disability benefits were being reduced by the amount of their monthly Veterans Affairs disability pension payments.  Mr. Buote passed away after a battle with cancer on August 24, 2009.  Shortly thereafter, David White of Bridgewater took on the role of Representative Plaintiff.
Mr. Buote’s widow, Mrs. Sheri Buote, provided the following statement:  “Gerry started the class action suit because he felt all medically pensioned RCMP members and their families were being denied, and this was the right thing to do.  He’d be incredibly happy today for everyone involved.  I’m very proud of him, and Peter Driscoll was amazing through all of this.”
The class is represented by Peter Driscoll and Dan Wallace of McInnes Cooper and Ward Branch of Branch MacMaster.
“We are honoured to have been able to represent all members of the class, and very pleased with this result,” said lead counsel Peter Driscoll.  “We’re glad we were able to come to a resolution that will end the offset once and for all, and see disabled members who were subject to the offset benefit from the terms of the settlement.”

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4 Comments
  1. Aught Buck permalink

    Incredible, if it pans out!

  2. EFAMIA permalink

    Disable veterans giveth and the RCMP takes away!!

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    March 2014

    New requirements for entitlement to Psychological Services

    March 11, 2014

    Members are advised that a new requirement has been adopted for consideration of any extensions of psychological services beyond 12 sessions in a calendar year.

    Since January 1, 2010 Regular Members have been entitled to Psychological Services through Blue Cross under the RCMP provision of Supplemental Health Care. These Services consist of an annual provision of 6 hours of individual and 6 hours of family/couples counselling with the Registered Psychologist of the Members’ choice. With the submission of a brief progress note to the RCMP Psychologist from the treating Psychologist, that allotment would be increased to a maximum of 12 hours of individual counselling and/or 12 hours of Family/Couples counselling.

    Under Occupational Health Care, additional sessions with a psychologist may be approved. In the past, this has been evaluated on a case by case basis and required the treating Psychologist to submit a detailed treatment plan. Those plans deemed to be based upon accepted interventions and thought to have a good likelihood of maintaining a Member at work or advancing a Member’s return to work plan would be authorized with no defined maximum number of sessions.

    The new directive from Policy Branch requires that extended Psychological Services (i.e., beyond 12 hours of service in a calendar year) will only be considered if the condition being treated has been determined to be the consequence of a workplace hazardous occurrence. A 3414 is mandatory for this process. The onus is on each Member to ensure that the occurrence has been documented (Form 3414) and submitted to the appropriate offices.

    The RCMP Determination process for work related injuries/illnesses is governed by the Determination Guidelines for Occupational Health Care Benefits recently issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Branch in Ottawa. This Determination process will commence when a request for service in excess of what is provided under Supplemental Health (i.e., 12 hours of Psychological Service in a calendar year) is received in the Divisional Health Services office. The 3414 in addition to the request for extension of benefits under Occupational Health Care will enter into the RCMP Determination Process with recommendations made and forwarded on to the OIC for a decision.

    Approval must be obtained before subsequent sessions are conducted. Sessions provided without pre-authorization will not be paid by Blue Cross and could be billed to you, the Member receiving services, without opportunity for reimbursement. Information about this process has been sent to Registered Psychologists in Saskatchewan who work with our Members.

    If you have questions, please direct your inquiries to the Employee & Management Relations Officer or contact “F” Division Health Services.

  3. Cpl. Stewart Robertson, LMD Members Support Group Chair permalink

    A very profound thank you to Gerry Buote (posthumously) and David White for your vision and steadfast determination to make things right for your fellow members, thus embodying the true spirit of the Mountie in making positive change for the well being of all members across the country.

    I salute you and all our veterans for your unselfish service and sacrifice to all of Canada.

  4. Here’s a blog about a Shediac Town Police Officer who was severely shot and left to die.
    Would this settlement apply to this officer or is it just for RCMP?
    http://shediac1981.wordpress.com

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