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Archives for: December 2009

12/31/09

  11:56:05 am, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

Kane Promoted to VP of MedBen Administrative Operations

As part of its Claims Department reorganization, the production component of claims will now report to Lori Kane, who is being promoted to Vice President of Administrative Operations for MedBen. Her previous role was Vice President of Administration… more »
  11:53:06 am, by MedBen5   , 159 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

McEntire to Oversee MedBen Claims Support

Effective January 1, MedBen will reorganize its Claims Department, which is currently comprised of two distinct operations for support and payment. Claims support operations will now report to Vice President of Information Systems Rose McEntire and… more »
  11:43:13 am, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

MedBen Introduces Business Development Department, Names Weisent VP

MedBen is dedicated to finding opportunities for additional client savings, be it through provider discounts, plan provisions or other cost containment measures. To that end, MedBen is introducing a new Business Development Department, headed by Jim… more »

12/24/09

  08:32:01 am, by MedBen5   , 73 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Legislative Update: Senate Passes Reform Bill

In an early morning vote, the Senate passed its health reform legislation by a 60-39 vote, along party lines. The bill would make health coverage mandatory for most Americans, and offer subsidies to those unable to afford insurance. It would also expand… more »

12/23/09

  11:18:59 am, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Premium Subsidy Extended

As we predicted last week, President Obama has signed legislation extending the COBRA premium subsidy for two more months. Originally scheduled to end on the final day of 2009, individuals who experience an involuntary termination of employment from… more »

12/22/09

  03:06:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Legislative Update: Senate Bill Nears Final Vote

Over the past several days, we’ve heard numerous reports about Senate Democrats having enough votes to pass its health reform bill. So surely the legislation is ready to move forward, right? Well, not quite yet. A final vote on the Senate bill… more »
  09:12:47 am, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Holiday Hours

Happy holidays from the staff at MedBen! Our home office will be open on Thursday, December 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will be closed on Friday, December 25 and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28. On Thursday, December 31, our… more »

12/17/09

  01:14:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Congress Likely to Extend COBRA Subsidy for Two Months

A high likelihood exists that a COBRA subsidy extension will be approved by Congress, extending the current 65% employer subsidy until February 28, 2010. The extension language – which has already passed in the House as part of the Defense… more »
  11:01:00 am, by MedBen5   , 113 words,  
Categories: Announcements

New MedBen Client Satisfaction Survey Available Online

MedBen is pleased to announce the introduction of a new online Client Satisfaction Survey. You can register today and provide your opinions about our services by going to http://survey.medben.com. The new survey format makes it easier than ever to… more »

12/16/09

  03:28:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 137 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

2010 MedBen Drug Formularies Available Online

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management (PDM) are now available at the Forms area of MedBen.com. The new formularies become effective January 1, 2010. If you still need a 2009 formulary, they will be available… more »

12/14/09

  03:19:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 138 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Time to Use Your Remaining FSA Funds

If you contribute to a flexible spending account (FSA), it’s nearly time to “use it or lose it". Qualified medical purchases made on or before December 31, 2009 can be reimbursed from your FSA using 2009 funds, once proper supporting… more »

12/10/09

  11:39:29 am, by MedBen5   , 97 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Client Surveillance System Savings Surpass $12 Million

MedBen has realized $12.2 million in client savings through its physician-driven claims surveillance system. Available to all Medben clients since October 2007, this system uses sophisticated software to thoroughly analyze every claim for… more »

12/09/09

  10:49:58 am, by MedBen5   , 81 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Public Option in Senate Bill May Be Replaced

The Washington Post is reporting that the public option provision in the Senate health reform bill may be replaced by a program that would create several privately-administered national insurance policies. The policies would be negotiated by the Office… more »

12/07/09

  10:56:11 am, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Reform Proposals You May Have Missed

The public option gets all the headlines, but there are plenty of other provisions in the 2,000-page Senate health care reform legislation. Two articles on the NPR website spotlight several of the lesser-known plan details: A requirement for vending… more »

12/04/09

  09:56:29 am, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

HEART Act Offers Health FSA Fund Distribution Option for Qualified Reservists

A reminder to Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) Plan Administrators: The recent Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act of 2008 gives employers the option of allowing qualified reservists ordered or called to active duty to… more »

12/01/09

  10:02:01 am, by MedBen5   , 110 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Subsidy Law Nearing Deadline

The Hill website reports that little progress has been made on extending COBRA subsidies past the set December 31 deadline. Individuals who are involuntarily terminated from employment after this date will not receive a 65% employer-funded subsidy for… more »
  09:21:00 am, by MedBen5   , 69 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Special MedBen Hours on December 4

MedBen will be closing early on Friday, December 4 for a companywide end-of-year recognition banquet. Our operating hours that day will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and we will reopen for business on Monday, December 7 at 8:00 a.m. The staff of… more »