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Archives for: November 2009

11/24/09

  11:18:15 am, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

CDHPs, Wellness Help Slow Benefit Costs in 2009

Employee health benefit costs rose less than expected in 2009, according to a study conducted by human resource consulting firm Mercer. As reported by Employee Benefit News, the average per-employee cost of health benefits rose just 5.5% to $8,945,… more »

11/23/09

  11:01:22 am, by MedBen5   , 114 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Now, the Hard Part... Public Option Complicates Passage of Senate Bill

While the Senate voted to move the debate forward on Saturday, the government-run insurance plan provision promises to be the biggest stumbling block toward the passage of its reform legislation. Several moderate Democrat and Independent senators have… more »

11/20/09

  11:33:25 am, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Friday Legislative Update: Senate Reform Bill Nears Initial Vote

The Senate may vote this Saturday on whether to proceed with its health care reform bill. According to The New York Times, the bill would provide coverage to 31 million uninsured people at a cost of $821 billion over 10 years. Many provisions of the… more »

11/19/09

  09:41:45 am, by MedBen5   , 143 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health and Human Services Secretary Dismisses New Mammography Guidelines

The head of the Department of Health and Human Services has come out against new guidelines for breast cancer screening, which we noted earlier this week. The Washington Post reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the… more »

11/17/09

  11:17:15 am, by MedBen1   , 202 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Preventive Services Task Force modifies breast-screening guidelines

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has modified breast cancer screening guidelines in what is being reported as a controversial move. The task force, which is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, has recommended that routine… more »

11/12/09

  06:01:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 112 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Audits of COBRA Employer Subsidies Already Underway

A brief piece on the Miller Chevalier law firm website warns employers that the IRS has already begun to audit employers that claim the COBRA subsidy on their Employer Quarterly Federal Tax Returns (2009 Form 941). When filing this form, an employer… more »

11/09/09

  10:33:20 am, by MedBen5   , 177 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Reform Bill Passes, But Senate Faces A Big Hurdle

One down, one to go. The House health care reform bill passed late Saturday night by a vote of 220-215. The vote fell mainly along party lines, although 39 Democrats voted against the bill and one Republican voted for it. USA Today provides a house roll… more »

11/07/09

  09:09:25 am, by MedBen5   , 147 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Legislative Update: House May Vote Bill This Weekend

The Washington Post reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that the House health care reform bill will be put to a final vote on Saturday, despite concerns that the bill has insufficient support from House Democrats. Prior to Pelosi’s… more »

11/05/09

  11:32:03 am, by MedBen5   , 89 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Subsidies May Extend into 2010

The potential postponement of a finalized health care reform bill may result in an extension of the COBRA subsidy program. Employer Benefit News reports that the eligibility date for COBRA coverage to involuntarily terminated workers may extend beyond… more »

11/04/09

  03:30:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 112 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

No Health Care Reform in 2009?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the prospects of passing a health care form bill this year are fading. While House legislation could potentially come to a vote in the coming weeks, the Senate has yet to argue its plan – so getting a combined… more »