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Archives for: May 2014

05/27/14

  04:25:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

IRS Ruling Punishes Employers That Drop Employees Into Exchanges

Employers that are entertaining the idea of dropping their group health coverage in favor of the health insurance exchanges may have to rethink their plans, or be prepared to pay a substantial fine. The New York Times reports that the IRS has imposed a… more »

05/22/14

  01:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Helps Employers Help Employees Keep Health Care Spending Low

Health care spending for families with employer-based health plans is continuing its slow growth, new research finds. According to the Associated Press, the actuarial firm Milliman projects that a typical American family of four will spend 5.4% more on… more »

05/19/14

  04:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Columbus Tops List Of Cities With High Blood Pressure

Columbus, Ohio has the dubious distinction of ranking first in hypertension patients, based on a study of the most populated cities in the U.S. According to MedCity News, research by iHealth revealed that 58% of Columbus patients suffer from elevated… more »

05/16/14

  10:58:39 am, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

For Spousal Coverage Limits, MedBen's Ahead Of The Curve

Long the subject of debate, the use of spousal coverage limits to control group health care costs has gained traction in recent months. But at MedBen, we’ve encouraged employers to adopt this money-saving option for some time now. According to… more »

05/14/14

  04:48:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 299 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Substantial Savings Potential For Popular Drugs With Therapeutic Equivalents

Some of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S. have therapeutic alternatives available at a fraction of the cost of the brand name equivalents… and MedBen can help you steer your plan members toward these less expensive options. The research firm… more »

05/12/14

  12:54:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

New Paper Argues For Elimination Of Employer Mandate

“Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?” asks a new research paper by the Urban Institute. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Institute – a think tank whose research often carries weight with supporters of the Affordable… more »

05/08/14

  09:32:34 am, by MedBen5   , 286 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Wellness Focus Can Help Reduce Premature Deaths

Encouraging the sort of health improvements offered through MedBen Worksite Wellness could help to prevent up to 39% of the leading premature deaths, suggests recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medscape reports… more »

05/05/14

  03:38:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 329 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Don’t Let Allergies Spoil Your Spring

This time of year, most of us look forward to spending time outside, or opening the windows to enjoy spring breezes. But for individuals who suffer from allergies, communing with nature often comes at a cost. When the human immune system overreacts to… more »

05/01/14

  02:25:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 280 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Self-funding An Effective Hedge Against ACA Taxes

When employers consider making the switch from traditional health insurance to self-funded coverage, MedBen emphasizes the regulatory freedom self-funding offers. And we’re not just talking about less red tape here… there’s a inherent… more »