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Archives for: August 2010

08/31/10

  06:55:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

DOL Releases COBRA Premium Reduction Fact Sheet, FAQ

The U.S. Department of Labor has released two COBRA documents that will be of interest to individuals currently eligible for COBRA coverage – as well as those who aren’t entirely clear as to what their current eligibility status is. The… more »

08/27/10

  05:06:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 416 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen to Provide Plan Guidance for Mental Health Parity Law

New mental health parity legislation may soon impact your group’s plan benefits. In 2008, the federal government enacted the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). The law generally states… more »

08/24/10

  05:30:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen Preparing CDHP Participants for OTC Rule Change

As we noted on this blog several months ago, effective January 1, 2011, participants in a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) will no longer be able to use their account funds to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medications (except insulin) without a… more »

08/20/10

  05:31:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Offers Health Care Reform "Webinar"

If you’re interested in attending a MedBen University health care reform seminar but have been unable to so – or if we haven’t made it to your neck of the woods yet – you’re in luck! MedBen will be conducting a special… more »

08/19/10

  09:46:03 am, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News

Big Employers Anticipate 2011 Health Benefit Cost Increases of Nearly 9%, Survey Says

Following closely on the heels of a report earlier this month that predicted a 9% rise in HMO health care costs in 2011 and 11% rise in PPO costs, large employers anticipate an increase in benefit costs of 8.9% for the coming year, based on a study by… more »

08/13/10

  05:07:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 104 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MBU Announces Cincinnati Health Care Reform Seminar

MedBen University continues to tour the Midwest this summer, conducting seminars on the topic “Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know". Today, MedBen announced an additional MBU session in the Cincinnati area on Thursday, September 9. The… more »

08/10/10

  03:04:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 163 words,  
Categories: News

Swine Flu No Longer Considered a Pandemic

It looks like we can take swine flu off the “Things to Worry About” list for the time being. Earlier today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the H1N1 virus pandemic officially over, stating that incidents of the virus have… more »

08/06/10

  04:09:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 144 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Subsidy Calendar Offers A Glimpse of Future Premiums

The Kaiser Family Foundation website currently features a Health Reform Subsidy Calculator – a nifty little gizmo that allows you to estimate your net cost for individual health insurance in 2014. Why that particular year? Because 2014 will see… more »

08/05/10

  05:20:04 pm, by MedBen5   , 133 words,  
Categories: News

Reform, Cost Shifting Factors in 2011 Heath Care Cost Increases

Milliman predicts that group health care costs will rise 9% for HMOs and 11% for PPOs in 2011, based on preliminary results. The actuarial and consulting firm cites uncertainty about the effects of health care reform as a primary reason for the… more »

08/03/10

  11:20:09 am, by MedBen5   , 166 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Get Yourself Some Cheap (But UV Blocking!) Sunglasses

Summer means long days, nice weather and – consequently – more time spent outdoors. But prolonged exposure to sunlight, however warm and toasty it makes us feel, can also play havoc with our eyes. Wearing proper sunglasses – a pair… more »