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Archives for: November 2014

11/25/14

  09:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

MedBen's Closed On Thanksgiving, But Online Services Available

Happy Thanksgiving Day from the staff of MedBen! As we celebrate the holiday, our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. MedBen will reopen on Monday, December 1. Hopefully you will be too busy with family, food and… more »

11/24/14

  08:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

Granville Turkey Trot Reminder

Just a reminder that there's still time to register for the 2014 Granville Turkey Trot! MedBen once again serves as the premier sponsor for this 5K fun run/walk, which will be held on Thanksgiving morning, November 27 in Granville, Ohio starting at… more »

11/21/14

  09:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 287 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

House Sues President For Exceeding Authority On Obamacare

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives, making good on an earlier promise, today sued the Obama administration for overstepping its authority on the Affordable Care Act. According to the lawsuit, the president unilaterally exceeded his powers when… more »

11/20/14

  09:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 112 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings

Study: Absenteeism Linked To Obesity Costs U.S. Employers Billions

Absenteeism among obese workers in the United States costs employers about $8.65 billion each year, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Costs associated with obesity-related work… more »

11/19/14

  10:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 412 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Wellness Incentives Must Acknowledge Employee Limitations

A recent legal ruling has placed put a spotlight on worksite wellness incentives and the need to provide a level playing field for every employee. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery denied a bid by the Equal Employment Opportunity… more »

11/18/14

  10:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

CMS Extends Deadline To Submit Transitional Reinsurance Fee Info

If you self-fund your health care plan. you've hopefully already taken care of submitting your annual (2014) enrollment count to determine your transitional reinsurance 2014 fee. But if not, you're in luck: The original deadline, which passed this… more »

11/14/14

  11:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 325 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Surge In Knee Replacement Surgeries A Troubling Trend

In a culture that increasingly looks for quick fixes and instant remedies, it's hardly surprising that the number of people who get surgery to relieve pain has skyrocketed. Care in point: More than 600,000 knee replacements were performed in 2012,… more »

11/13/14

  10:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting

What To Expect From Health Care Reform In 2015

Believe it or not, there are less than eight weeks left in 2014. And as we speed into the new year, MedBen wants to make sure you have the information necessary to make the transition to 2015 a smooth one – particularly in regards to health care reform.… more »

11/12/14

  10:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen VP Fraker Joins SPBA Board

MedBen Vice President of Compliance & Chief Privacy Officer Caroline Fraker has accepted an invitation to join the board of the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators, the company announced today. Fraker will serve a three-year term on the… more »

11/11/14

  10:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Marketplace Premium Reimbursement FAQ Released

Last week, the Tri-Agencies (Department of Labor, Health & Human Services and the Treasury) released yet another Affordable Care Act FAQ interpreting the law's regulations. "FAQ XXII" states unequivocally that employers sponsoring group health care… more »

11/10/14

  08:59:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 306 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

MedBen Again The Premier Sponsor Of Granville Turkey Trot

Once again, MedBen is proud to be the premier sponsor of Licking County, Ohio’s biggest single-day fundraising event: The 2014 Granville Turkey Trot (GTT), a 5K fun run/walk that benefits the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. The event will be held… more »

11/07/14

  11:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Giving Yourself the Gift of Wellness

It’s no great mystery why “lose weight” and “get in shape” are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. The period from Thanksgiving to January 1st provides numerous opportunities to toss healthy habits to the curb. But with a little planning and… more »

11/06/14

  11:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 320 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

ACA Hasn't Lowered Group Health Care Costs, Says MedBen President

The Affordable Care Act hasn't helped to employers reduce their group health care costs, said MedBen President & COO Kurt Harden in a recent interview. But it has resulted in more fully-insured groups exploring the benefits of self-funding their… more »

11/05/14

  10:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 380 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Consumer-driven Health Plans

IRS Raises Health FSA Employee Contribution Maximum

Last week, the IRS released its annual inflation adjustments for 2015 – and for the first time since a salary reduction limit was imposed under the Affordable Care Act in 2012, the agency has increased the maximum contribution employees can make to… more »

11/03/14

  10:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

CMS Delays HPID Application and Use Requirement

Late on October 31, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is delaying the enforcement of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) regulations outlining both enumeration and use of the HPID. This is welcome relief for… more »