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Archives for: September 2014

09/30/14

  11:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 312 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Helps Employers Make Changes For The Better

In a recent post on health care cost trends, we reported the findings of a Mercer survey which indicated that employer benefit costs are likely to increase between 3.9% and 5.9% in 2015. We also noted that individual results were heavily dependent on… more »

09/25/14

  11:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 298 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Healthy Habits Greatly Reduce Heart Attack Risk, Study Finds

It's interesting how a few basic changes can make a big difference in one's health. Case in point: A new study suggest that some common-sense lifestyle modifications can prevent 80% of heart attacks in men. According to HealthDay, researchers found… more »

09/22/14

  06:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 331 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Reporting

Private Exchanges Take Cost Control From Employer’s Hands

A recent report by the National Business Group on Health concludes that when it comes to private exchanges, self-insured employers are taking a cautious approach – and rightfully so. Because despite their prominence of late, there's no evidence that a… more »

09/18/14

  10:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Obesity Has Slowed, But Bellies Keep Getting Bigger: Report

Slowly but surely, the U.S. is becoming a big-bellied nation. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the average adult waist size has expanded over an inch in the past decade. According to HealthDay, 54% of Americans age… more »

09/17/14

  09:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Painkiller Statistics Underscore Need For Alternate Care Solutions

Two major news organizations have approached a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from differing perspectives. "Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down," says USA Today, while ABC News warns "Prescription drug deaths keep rising."… more »

09/15/14

  04:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Diabetes Problem Continues To Grow; MedBen WellLiving Can Help Control Condition

Some sobering federal health statistics: Nearly half of adults have either pre-diabetes or diabetes, raising their risk of heart attacks, blindness, amputations and cancer. According to USA Today, 12.3% of Americans 20 and older have diabetes, either… more »

09/12/14

  11:11:00 am, by MedBen5   , 345 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

MedBen Savings Solutions Defy Health Care Cost Trends

Another day, another survey… Hot on the heels of this week’s Kaiser report showing modest health plan premium growth comes a survey from Mercer L.L.C. which suggests that the average rate of increase in health benefit costs has begun to… more »

09/10/14

  12:03:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Consumer-driven Health Plans

Health Benefits Survey Reveals Only Moderate Premium Growth In 2014

Premiums for employer-sponsored health care plans saw only moderate growth for the third consecutive year, Kaiser Health News reports. Based on the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of over 2,000 employers nationwide, family premiums rose 3% in… more »

09/08/14

  04:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 324 words,  
Categories: Wellness

The Highs & Lows of Controlling Cholesterol

You likely know that there’s “good” and “bad” cholesterol, but what’s the difference between them? And how do you get more of the “good” stuff? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body produces to help it make hormones, vitamin D, and… more »

09/04/14

  04:38:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 135 words,  
Categories: News, Consumer-driven Health Plans

FSA Contribution Maximum May Get A Bump In 2015

For the first time since its ACA-regulated introduction, the maximum contribution employees can make to their flexible spending accounts will likely go up, if just by a little bit. Beginning in 2015, the contribution limit will increase to $2,550,… more »
  12:22:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 272 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Double Mastectomies Less Effective Than More Conservative Surgery, Study Suggests

When Angelina Jolie revealed her decision last year to have a double mastectomy in order to reduce her risk of breast cancer, it generated a good deal of conversation as to whether the measure was too extreme. Now, a new study suggests that the while… more »

09/02/14

  12:52:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 392 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

Comparing Pharmacy Costs Isn't Just About Dollars And Cents

A common misconception about buying prescription drugs is that all pharmacies charge the same price for their products, so it doesn’t matter which one you use. The reality is very different, however. Optometrist Ali Khoshnevis, MD writes on the… more »