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  11:34:35 am, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Stop-loss

Stop-loss Report Shows Employer Deductible Preferences

The Self-Insurance Educational Foundation recently released a new report containing some interesting information about employer medical stop-loss (ESL) coverage in 2013.The report, prepared by actuarial and consulting firm Milliman, used data from eight… more »


  03:56:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 135 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans

IRS Announces 2015 HSA Inflation Adjustments

Last week, the IRS announced its annual cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2015. The HSA contribution limits and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) out-of-pocket maximums will both increase, as will the… more »


  04:07:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform

MedBen Offers Clients ACA Transition Relief Summary

Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced a delay in the enforcement of the employer mandate. Originally scheduled to take effect January 2014, the Affordable Care Act rule that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health… more »


  09:08:45 am, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Public Approval Of Birth Control Mandate Only Part Of The Story

A University of Michigan study has made headlines for its finding that most Americans support mandated coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act. Less publicized – though no less noteworthy – is the fact that respondents… more »


  04:44:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Drug Study Results Highlights Need To Be Proactive About Generics

A new study of free drug samples makes a good case for why patients with prescriptions should always inquire about lower-cost alternatives… and take advantage of MedBen’s online Rx cost comparison service. From The New York Times:… more »


  05:08:04 pm, by MedBen5   , 303 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Risk Of Complications From Diabetes Down, But Number Of Diabetics Up

First, the good news: A new study found that the risk of complications developing from diabetes, such as heart attacks and strokes, has greatly declined over the past two decades. The bad news: During that same period, the number of Americans with… more »


  12:50:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Goes Against U.S. Health Care Spending Trend

After several years of notably slow growth, U.S. health care spending took a bigger bump upward in 2013. Many MedBen clients, on the other hand, saw their costs going down last year. According to Reuters, a new report by IMS Health Holdings found that… more »


  04:38:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Offers Clients Transitional Reinsurance and PCORI Fee Services

In order to help its self-funded clients properly calculate and file their 2014 Transitional Reinsurance (TR) and PCORI Fees as required under the Affordable Care Act, MedBen offers a variety of services at multiple price points. Our services range from… more »


  04:35:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 310 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Spring Into The Season With A Wellness Exam

Now that the weather outdoors is (finally!) warming up a bit, you’re probably anxious to take advantage of the longer days and more pleasant temperatures. But before you “spring” into action, make sure that your internal machine is running at peak… more »


  04:59:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Review Of Exchange Rx Claims Finds High Specialty Drug Use

A review of prescription claims data from early enrollees to the health insurance exchanges suggest that healthier uninsureds didn’t race to sign up. According to Kaiser Health News, individuals who got coverage from federal and state marketplaces… more »


  04:27:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

More Fully-Insured Employers Exploring MedBen Self-Funding Solutions

As more health care reform rules have taken effect, MedBen has seen a spike in the number of fully-insured employer groups that want to know if self-funding would work for them. More often than not, the answer is “yes", even for midsize and… more »


  04:56:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 358 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

End Of Exchange Enrollment Leaves Unanswered Questions

Now that the enrollment period is over for the health insurance exchanges, The Wall Street Journal ponders five questions that, when (if?) answered, should give a better idea of just how well government-directed health care is working: 1. How many of… more »


  05:09:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Specialty Care Can Help Lower Risk Of Stroke Reoccurance

Yet another example of how an emphasis on wellness can lead to long-term benefits: According to a new study, controlling blood pressure after suffering a stroke can reduce the odds of having another stroke by more than half. MedicineNet reports that… more »