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Archives for: November 2012

11/30/12

  04:48:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 297 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Executive Administrator Marcia Parr Retires

We’d like to take a moment to recognize Marcia Parr, Executive Administrator and Quality Coordinator for MedBen, who retired today after 21 years of service. Since joining MedBen in October of 1991, Marcia has served as Chairman Doug Freeman’s… more »
  04:10:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Government Proposes Upping The "Stop-Smoking" Incentive

Employers trying to help their workers kick the tobacco habit may get the green light to spend a little more on the effort. According to Employee Benefit News, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed new wellness rules – among… more »

11/28/12

  05:55:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Do Your End-of-Year Benefit Planning Now

As 2012 quickly winds down, The Los Angles Times has put together some end-of-year tips to maximize your health care benefits. Among them: Make the most of your deductibles. If you’ve met your annual deductible for 2012, now may be a good time… more »

11/26/12

  11:03:00 am, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Reform Fundraiser Could Affect Middle-Class Taxpayers

The Wall Street Journal reports on changes to the tax code designed to help fund health care reform: “Starting next year, taxpayers will only be able to deduct medical expenses that exceed 10% of their adjusted gross income. “For years… more »
  10:52:26 am, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Task Force Calls For Adults To Get Routine HIV Testing

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that all Americans aged 15 to 65 receive routine HIV screening, Reuters reports. The government-backed group of doctors and scientists also called for all pregnant women to get tested for the… more »

11/21/12

  01:48:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Special Thanksgiving Hours at MedBen

MedBen would like to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! Please note that our home office will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23 to observe the holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 26.… more »

11/20/12

  05:38:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 498 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Under ACA, Groups Must Contribute to Reinsurance Program

On May 22, 2012, The Department of Health and Human Services released regulations describing payments due from group health plans which will be used to fund a transitional reinsurance pool for carriers in the non-grandfathered individual market. The… more »

11/19/12

  06:07:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 619 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

The Fallacy Of Private Insurance Exchanges

Earlier this month, in our discussion of health care reform following the presidential elections, we cited a post from the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review that examined private health insurance exchanges. Sears and several other large… more »

11/14/12

  06:08:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 190 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Drop In Colon Cancer Rates Suggests Value Of Screenings

A recent study of colon cancer surgeries suggests that the increased use of colonoscopies have contributed to a significant decline in the disease, according to MedicineNet.com. While colorectal cancer cases and deaths have been falling for decades,… more »
  12:29:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 143 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Ohio Will Let Federal Government Run Insurance Exchange

Ohio will let the federal government run its health insurance exchange, The Plain Dealer reports. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said that state officials will send a letter Friday telling the federal government that it can oversee the operation of the exchange,… more »

11/09/12

  09:56:03 am, by MedBen5   , 792 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen and the Future of Health Care Reform

The days following a Presidential Election – for some victory, for others disappointment. But here at MedBen it’s business as usual. For almost 75 years MedBen has seen various politicians’ health care and employee benefits ideas come and go. What’s… more »

11/07/12

  11:40:07 am, by MedBen5   , 436 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Victory Means Full Steam Ahead For Affordable Care Act

After months – really, years – of campaigning, the political dust has finally settled, and Barack Obama has been re-elected President. Which means any further talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act has been effectively silenced. So now… more »

11/06/12

  05:49:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Teeth Upkeep Requires Personal, Professional Care

Did you know that one in four adults over the age of 65 have lost all their teeth? Pretty shocking statistic, there. If you would prefer to remain part of the other 75%, it’s in your best interest to take care of your pearly whites. WebMD… more »

11/05/12

  12:12:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Partners Community Health Plan Debuts "How To" Video

Partners Community Health Plan was designed by MedBen and its hospital and business partners to provide plan members with better health care at a better cost. Now, in order to help members best realize this goal, Partners has created a short, simple and… more »

11/02/12

  01:42:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Presidential Health Reform Comparison Reveals Differing Philosophies

With the elections just days away, MedPage Today examines the health platforms of the two presidential candidates: Barack Obama: “Despite its passage a little more than a year into President Obama’s first term, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… more »