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Morneau Shepell comments on orderly wind down of Health Republic Insurance of New York

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Morneau Shepell comments on orderly wind down of Health Republic Insurance of New York

TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The New York State Department of Financial Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the New York State Department of Health, publicly announced that they directed Health Republic Insurance of New York ("HRINY") to cease writing new health insurance policies and begin an orderly wind down of business upon the expiration of its existing policies. HRINY is a CO-OP that was formed under the Affordable Care Act legislation in the U.S.

Morneau Shepell Inc. ("Morneau Shepell" or the "Company") has been supplying technology, call centre and back office functions to HRINY since 2013.   HRINY represents approximately 3.5 per cent of Morneau Shepell year-to-date revenue, with an insignificant contribution to earnings.

Since being advised of the wind down, Morneau Shepell has been working cooperatively with HRINY and the State and Federal regulators on an agreement to continue to support HRINY and its 200,000 plus members during the orderly wind down.   The Company anticipates providing services to HRINY until mid-2016. 

Morneau Shepell does not anticipate any significant impact on 2015 revenue as a result of the wind-down directive.  The Company, however, is expecting to report a non-cash write down in its third quarter results, scheduled to be released on November 9, 2015, estimated to be between $13 million and $17 million.  The write down relates to deferred implementation charges and internally-developed software originally capitalized and anticipated to be amortized over future periods.

"While the news regarding HRINY is disappointing, we remain confident in our overall U.S. growth strategy," said Alan Torrie, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our core benefits administration business and technology offering remain a strategic focus, as evidenced by our acquisition of Ceridian's health and welfare administration business in this space earlier this year, as does our defined benefit pension administration business where we are already the fourth largest administrator in North America."

About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits, and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of pension and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and improve their competitive position.

Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves more than 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit

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SOURCE Morneau Shepell - Corporate

For further information: Nathan Gibson, Manager, Corporate Communications, Morneau Shepell, 416-390-2641,