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Archives for: June 2015

06/30/15

  04:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Same-sex Marriage Ruling Expands (And Reduces) Group Coverage Options

The landmark Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage nationwide will have a substantial impact on group health care coverage, says Kaiser Health News: "The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the… more »

06/26/15

  07:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 358 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Politicians, Pundits React To Obamacare Ruling

Whenever the Supreme Court rules on a high-profile care, it invariably generates a flood of responses from politicians and pundits alike. And while yesterday's decision to allow health insurance subsidies nationwide essentially maintained the status… more »

06/25/15

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld, by a 6-3 vote, the nationwide tax subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act. The decision means that the subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance will remain available in… more »
  03:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

It's A Big Country... And Getting Bigger

Here's a distressing bit of information: Based on the results of a new study, over two-thirds of the U.S. adult population are either overweight or obese. HealthDay reports that the study, which used data from the National Health and Nutrition… more »

06/23/15

  10:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 281 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Stop-loss, Cost savings

MedBen Captives Enable Smaller Employers To Take Advantage Of Reinsurance Opportunities

Midsize and smaller employers are increasingly making the switch to self-funded health care coverage due in part to greater reinsurance availability, says a leading stop-loss carrier... and at MedBen, we're helping these employers benefit from the… more »

06/22/15

  11:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform

Benefits Group Calls For Withdrawal Of Embedded Maximum Rule

Several weeks ago, we posted an article about a new Affordable Care Act regulation that would apply an "embedded" maximum out-of-pocket limit on individuals enrolled in family coverage. The rule, which applied to non-grandfathered fully-insured and… more »

06/19/15

  04:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 283 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Cost savings

FSA Carryover Rule Has Increased Participation, Employers Say

Since the IRS announced in 2013 that flexible spending account participants could carry over up to $500 of their unused funds to the following year, many employers have added the option to their FSA plan. (About half of MedBen clients that offer FSAs… more »

06/18/15

  04:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Cost savings

Smoking Numbers Down, But Smoking-related Cancer Deaths Still High

Regardless of how much U.S. smoking rates have dropped in the last few years, one fact remains constant: Smokers still make up a disproportionate number of adults who die from cancer. According to Kaiser Health News, a study by the American Cancer… more »

06/16/15

  07:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 300 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Most Americans Say Drug Costs Too High, Drugmakers To Blame

Despite the fact that most people who take prescription drugs say can afford to purchase them, Americans overwhelmingly feel that the costs of such drugs are "unreasonable," a new poll finds. The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 74% of… more »

06/12/15

  09:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News

AMA Requests Grace Period For ICD-10 Code Rollout

MedBen remains on schedule to meet the October 1, 2015, compliance date for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes. The medical community, however, is hoping for a bit of leeway when the new system rolls out in a few months: "Recognizing… more »

06/11/15

  04:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 379 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings

Embedded Maximum Requirement May Necessitate Plan Changes

On May 26, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released a clarification as to whether or not self-funded health care plans are subject to a new Affordable Care Act regulation regarding family out-of-pocket costs. The short… more »

06/10/15

  05:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 222 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Research Doesn't Support Injections For Knee Pain

If you suffer from joint pain, it's understandable that you want a "quick fix" to the problem -- hence, the popularity of hyaluronic acid injections to soothe aching knees. But while some doctors and patients vouch for their effectiveness, there's… more »

06/08/15

  09:44:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Analytics

Introducing… MedBen Analytics

At the National Bundled Payment Summit in Washington, DC last week, MedBen unveiled its latest service: value based payment administration through MedBen Analytics. For providers participating in value based payment initiatives such as the Centers for… more »

06/05/15

  09:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Care Reform

Task Force Adds New Services To Free Preventive Care List

Two new preventive health services have been added to the no-cost coverage list, Kaiser News reports. Enforcement of the recommendations will take effect in 2016. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended Hepatitis B screening for… more »

06/04/15

  10:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 320 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Home Is Where the Heart (of Safety) Is

Summer means sunshine, cookouts... and of course, home safety. Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and 48% of them occur in the home. But simple common sense measures, such as keeping a tidy space with… more »

06/03/15

  10:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study Suggests Early Diabetes Treatment Reduces Heart Disease Risk

A recent study demonstrates how preventive care can potentially benefit an individual in multiple ways. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, earlier screening, diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes may also decrease the risk of… more »

06/02/15

  06:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

Despite Majority, GOP Repeal Of Obamacare Highly Unlikely

If you're wondering why the Republican-led houses of Congress haven't yet made a full-court press to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rachael Bade and Jennifer Haberkorn explain the reasons behind the delay: "Repealing the law 'root and branch' is… more »