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Archives for: April 2009

04/30/09

  10:20:52 am, by MedBen5   , 318 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Talks Transparency at Annual State & Local Government Benefits Association

The La Brea Tar Pits are an unlikely but appropriate icon for transparency in employee benefit programs. During the 2009 State & Local Government Benefits Association (SALGBA) Annual Conference, MedBen Senior Vice President Kurt Harden walked… more »

04/27/09

  05:16:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Incentives

MedBen Achieves AHA Gold Fit-Friendly Status for Second Straight Year

For the second year in a row, MedBen has been named a Gold Start! Fit Friendly Company by the American Health Association (AHA). The award recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees… more »

04/23/09

  11:29:03 am, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Heal Myself

Amidst the flurry of discussion about universal health care, high hospital bills and double-digit increases in prescription costs, a simple truth is frequently overlooked: The individual, far more than government agencies, doctors and insurers, has the… more »

04/17/09

  04:35:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Incentives

MedBen Execs Analyze CDHP Survey

An article in Employee Benefit News gives consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) a somewhat lukewarm review. According to a poll, employers that offer a CDHP are generally pleased with their performance, but have difficulty determining their return on… more »

04/10/09

  06:05:04 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Wellness Bill Reintroduced in Congress

As talk of a nation health care program continues with no working plan on the horizon, some legislators have decided to focus their energies on one specific area of potential medical cost savings: employee wellness. To that end, members of the House and… more »

04/08/09

  04:08:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 153 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

COBRA Beneficiary Notification Period Nears April 18 Deadline

April 18 will mark two months since the COBRA Subsidy Provision of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was enacted into law. That date also serves as the deadline for employers to notify qualified beneficiaries that nine months of… more »

04/02/09

  05:10:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA News: IRS Provides Detailed Definition of "Involuntary Termination"

On April 1, the IRS provided additional assistance to administrators of the COBRA premium subsidy. Entitled “Premium assistance for COBRA benefits", this document offers an extensive explanation of the subsidy program. The topics addressed include… more »