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Archives for: February 2010

02/25/10

  11:35:04 am, by MedBen5   , 195 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Survey Demonstrates Employer Need for Unique Wellness Approach

Poor employee health is the biggest obstacle to keeping benefit costs under control, according to a new report by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. When asked about the top three challenges to maintaining affordable health… more »

02/22/10

  02:02:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 126 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Reform Update: The President's Proposal

As promised, President Obama today released his own health reform proposal drawing on elements of both the Senate and House bills. The Washington Post reports that provisions in the proposal include: A higher threshold for an excise tax on so-called… more »

02/19/10

  04:31:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 161 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Reform Update: President Obama Preparing Combined Proposal

Lost track of where we stand in the continuing health reform saga? The Wall Street Journal blog provides a tidy overview of the current happenings in Washington D.C. In spite of earlier speculation that Democrat leaders in Congress would push the… more »

02/16/10

  10:54:33 am, by MedBen5   , 147 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Subsidy Extension Delayed

With the February 28 expiration of COBRA subsidy benefits fast approaching, talk of a further extension has been surprisingly muted. Such a provision was included in a Senate jobs bill that was on the fast track for passage, but last week Majority… more »

02/12/10

  06:29:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 170 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Many Employees Not Utilizing Vision Benefits

A new study reveals that many people apparently aren’t seeing the benefits of vision coverage. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the obvious pun.) Transitions Optical, a manufacturer of photochromic eyeglass lenses, found that 24% of U.S. workers do… more »

02/09/10

  02:11:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Municipality Clients See Low Cost Increases in 2009

MedBen municipality groups experienced health plan cost increases far less than the national average in 2009, reported Senior Vice President Kurt Harden at a government roundtable in Burlington, Kentucky on February 4. Speaking about key performance… more »

02/04/10

  01:14:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Discounts, Health Plan Management

Employers Demanding Transparency from PBMs

Employee Benefit News reports that rising prescription drug costs are spurring employers to push pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) harder than ever for greater transparency and maximum rebates on generic and brand-name medications. But for MedBen… more »

02/02/10

  09:08:36 am, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen President Participates in Heath Reform Forum

MedBen President and CEO Doug Freeman was among the panelists at a University of Akron community forum about health care reform on January 21. The event was covered by the Akron Beacon Journal, and you can read the complete article on the Ohio.com… more »