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Archives for: December 2012

12/31/12

  03:32:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Happy New Year from MedBen!

As 2012 draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank our clients for putting your trust in MedBen. We recognize how important health care benefits are to the continued well-being of your employees, and administering those benefits on your… more »
  11:44:51 am, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Ringing In The New Year... With New Reform Rules

In 2012, the big question about the Affordable Care Act was whether or not it would survive the year. But now that we know that its biggest challenges are (apparently) behind it, we’re free to look ahead to health care reform’s future.… more »

12/28/12

  05:12:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Make Those Last-Minute FSA Buys This Weekend!

Got plans for the weekend? If you’re a MedBen Health FSA member, we’d like to suggest the following itinerary: Visit MedBen Access and select “FSA/HRA Online Inquiry” to check your current account balance. (Alternately, you… more »

12/27/12

  01:36:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 171 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Reform Rule Will Access Fee On Medical Plans

So often with legislation, the devil – not to mention, the cost – is in the details. So it should come as little surprise that a rather pricey health care provision got buried in a recent reglation. According to The Associated Press,… more »

12/26/12

  12:09:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closes Early Today, But Online Services Available

Because of the growing winter storm in the Central Ohio area, MedBen will close at Noon on December 26, We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 27. Remember… no matter the weather, MedBen online services are always available! Our Our… more »

12/18/12

  04:53:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Wealthiest Americans Will Pay More Taxes To Fund Health Care Law

Affluent Americans will soon see a reduction in their paychecks in order to finance health care reform, The New York Times reports. Beginning January, workers will pay a tax equal to 0.9% of any wages over $200,000 for single taxpayers and $250,000 for… more »

12/14/12

  08:43:17 am, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Larger Companies Self-funding Employee Health Coverage

Nearly 7 out of 10 companies with 50 or more employees self-fund their health insurance, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The percentage of larger businesses opting to assume the financial risk for their… more »

12/13/12

  10:24:18 am, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Doctors Overusing Endoscopy for Heartburn, Professional Group Says

Endoscopy is frequently administered for sufferers of acid reflux. But according to new advice from one of internal medicine’s main professional groups, doctors rely on the procedure more than necessary. “Overuse of upper endoscopy contributes to… more »

12/12/12

  08:55:27 am, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Heath Reform Law Saves Consumers Money, Costs Consumers Money

The yin and the yang of the Affordable Care Act and its affect on the pocketbook: ‘Obamacare’ refunds go to consumers (Los Angeles Times): “Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama’s… more »

12/11/12

  01:21:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Men Diagnosed With Cancer Have Higher Chance Of Dying From It

A new study reveals that men who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from it than women, Reuters Health reports. In an analysis of cases of cancer that could be contracted by both men and women, researchers found men with any type of… more »

12/10/12

  09:00:20 am, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

ACA Rules Have Employers Considering Part-time Workforce

Forbes contributor Robert Book explains why The Affordable Care Act is incentivizing companies to switch over to a part-time workforce: “The ‘Affordable Care Act’ requires ‘large’ employees – those with 50 or more… more »

12/07/12

  03:43:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 166 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

2013 MedBen Formularies Now Available

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at the Forms area of MedBen.com. The new formularies become effective January 1, 2013. If you still need a 2012 formulary, they will be… more »

12/05/12

  10:03:37 am, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Generic Drug Prices Down, While Brand Costs Are Rising

A new report reveals that costs of brand-name medications and their generic equivalents are on very different trajectories. A study by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts of commonly-used medicines found that brand-name drugs increaased more… more »
  09:52:58 am, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Flu Season Starting Early, So Get That Shot ASAP

If you’ve been dragging your feet about getting a flu shot, it’s time to take some action. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this year’s flu season is arriving early – and it’s shaping up to be a bad one. The… more »

12/03/12

  05:45:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Employer Health Care Cost Increases Lowest Since 1997, Survey Finds

The continuing popularity of consumer-driven health plans and worksite wellness programs have contributed to the lowest health care inflation in the past 15 years, according to the latest National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. Employee… more »