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Archives for: December 2013

12/31/13

  10:21:15 am, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

A Note From Our Chairman

To our customers, consultants and brokers: On behalf of all of the entire MedBen staff, Kurt Harden and I want to wish you a Happy New Year! I don’t have to tell you that this has been a challenging year from an employee benefit plan perspective. But I… more »

12/30/13

  10:00:08 am, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Taxes

Last Call For 2013 FSA Purchases!

Warning to health FSA participants: You are officially on the clock! Depending on when you read this – and whether or not your employer offers a grace period or allows you to carry over funds – you have less than two days to use the… more »

12/27/13

  11:33:38 am, by MedBen5   , 287 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Self-funding Keeps Health Plan Control With Employers

Self-funding your health care plan not only saves employers money – it enables you to provide a custom benefits package that appeals to current and prospective employees alike. And for workers, that’s an important consideration. The 2013… more »

12/24/13

  08:00:00 am, by MedBen5   , 178 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

We’ll Be Home For Christmas… But Not MedBen Access

MedBen will close at Noon on Tuesday, December 24, remain closed on Christmas Day, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 26. For the New Year’s holiday, we will be open regular hours on Tuesday, December 31, closed on Wednesday, January 1, and… more »

12/23/13

  03:53:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Guidelines Issued For Same-Sex Spousal Coverage Under FSAs and HSAs

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year, the IRS has issued additional guidance regarding same-sex spousal coverage under cafeteria plans and health savings accounts. Accounting Today reports.… more »

12/20/13

  11:07:32 am, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen FSA Debit Cards Increase Participation, User Convenience

If your group health plan offers flexible spending accounts and you want to increase participation, MedBen recommends that you consider offering a debit card linked to your Health FSA plan. The MedBen Visa “Benny” debit card allows FSA… more »

12/18/13

  05:02:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Upholds "Reasonable" Statute Of Limitations For Disability Claim Appeal

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that statute of limitation periods written into plan documents are valid, as long as those periods are “reasonable.” But as Employee Benefit News notes, the court declined to define “reasonable.” The plaintiff… more »

12/16/13

  10:43:23 am, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

Granville Turkey Trot Raises $78,000 For Food Pantry Network

MedBen was pleased to serve as the premier sponsor for last month’s 2013 Granville Turkey Trot (GTT). Presented by St. Luke’s Church, the 5K fun run/walk raised $78,000 for the Food Pantry Network, a cooperative which helps to ensure that… more »

12/12/13

  04:40:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: Wellness

With MedBen Worksite Wellness, Better Health Often Begins With A Helping Hand

MedBen Worksite Wellness encourages plan members to live healthier lives. The program monitors member health histories, and when guidance is warranted, RN Health Consultants work one-on-one with individuals to help them make smarter lifestyle decisions.… more »

12/11/13

  05:26:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Benefits Management Helps Employers Find Financal "Balance"

At MedBen, one of our foremost duties is helping employers strike a suitable balance between their employees’ premiums and deductible and out-of-pocket costs. Key to this is giving plan members sufficient incentive to be fiscally responsible about… more »

12/10/13

  02:33:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Taxes

MedBen Offers Clients W-2 Reporting Options

To help clients determine the value of health care coverage to be reported on their employees’ W-2 Forms, this year MedBen will offer two different reporting information options: A basic eligibility report or a full W-2 report. Basic… more »

12/04/13

  04:34:46 pm, by kthran   , 441 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen-managed Medical Costs Well Below National, Regional Trends

Health care cost increases for self-funded employers managed by MedBen are coming in well under national and regional trends – and in some cases, are even decreasing. According to Columbus Business First Mercer survey found that benefits costs for… more »

12/03/13

  04:44:09 pm, by kthran   , 310 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

December is National Influenza Vaccination Month

Grown-ups and kids alike may wince at thoughts of “the needle”, but for most people getting a flu shot is definitely worth a moment or two of discomfort. The influenza vaccine protects against multiple viruses that will be most common during the… more »