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  06:53:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 310 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

National Health Care Reform Takes Root... Sort Of

With so much attention focused on the COBRA stimulus provision these days, you may get the impression that we’re focusing on it to the exclusion of noticing the even bigger health care reform movement currently underway. On the contrary –… more »


  04:53:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Welcomes New Regional Sales VP

MedBen is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate to its Sales and Marketing team. Michael DeBois will serve as Regional Sales Vice President in Northern Ohio, Northern Indiana and Michigan. A twelve-year veteran of the group medical… more »


  02:32:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 313 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Model Notices Available Online

Just in case you were in need of another COBRA paperwork fix… The United States Department of Labor has issued several notices for employers and insurance issuers to notify individuals who are eligible for COBRA benefits, or those who currently… more »


  11:40:37 am, by MedBen5   , 196 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Ways and Means Committee Releases COBRA FAQ

The COBRA Premium Reduction provision of the recently passed Stimulus Bill has, not surprisingly, raised a number of questions. To address the most frequently asked questions, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has published a COBRA “How… more »


  11:46:40 am, by MedBen5   , 130 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Subsidy Employer 2009 IRS Tax Forms

As we’ve noted on this blog recently, employers who must pay the 65% COBRA subsidy will be able to offset such amounts by receiving a payroll tax credit against federal income and FICA taxes. For the convenience of these employers, below we have… more »
  10:59:03 am, by MedBen5   , 143 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

ARRA's COBRA Provision Language

MedBen has received a number of requests to provide the actual Congressional language for the COBRA premium subsidy provision from the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aka the stimulus bill. Below, you will find a link to… more »


  10:54:26 am, by MedBen1   , 284 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Value of "unique" MedBen services: over $19 per employee per month

If MedBen partially self-funded clients use MedBen’s proprietary prescription drug program and the AWAC claim cost control program they will save an average of $19 per employee per month over MedBen competitors. This is above and beyond network… more »


  09:33:10 am, by MedBen5   , 426 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Staying in Compliance with the New COBRA Rules

As we reported here previously, new legislation affecting the administration of COBRA Continuation Coverage became effective on February 17, 2009 with the passage of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”), otherwise known as the… more »
  09:32:15 am, by MedBen5   , 496 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

ARRA's Required COBRA Tasks

Determine which group health plans are affected by the new law. Identify all confirmed AEIs. AEIs are “Assistance Eligible Individuals” – those individuals who were involuntarily terminated on or after September 1, 2008, including all dependents of… more »