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Archives for: September 2015

09/29/15

  11:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Multiple Reasons For Rx Cost Spike -- But Solutions Are Available

From 2008 through 2014, average U.S. prices for the most widely used brand-name drugs jumped 128%, according to prescription benefit manager Express Scripts. Not surprisingly, part of that increase is due to expensive new drugs that can cost as much as… more »

09/28/15

  05:16:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Presidential Candidate Sanders Co-sponsors Cadillac Tax Repeal Bill

The drumbeat to repeal the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" is growing louder... and now includes a presidential candidate. BenefitsPro reports that Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has joined seven Democrats in sponsoring a repeal measure. They… more »

09/24/15

  10:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

This Season's Flu Vaccine Should Battle The Bug Better

Good news for those of you who got a flu shot in 2014 but still got sick: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this year's vaccine should be more successful in helping you battle the bug. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the… more »

09/23/15

  10:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 373 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Offers Health Coverage Data Reporting Services

As you know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its supporting regulations require that all employers offering health benefits to their employees report on certain health coverage information. Health coverage data collected during 2015 must be aggregated… more »

09/21/15

  04:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Bipartisan Effort To Change ACA Small Employer Rule Gaining Steam

"Members of Congress from both parties [...] are calling for changes in the Affordable Care Act to prevent premium increases that are expected to affect workers at many small and midsize companies next year," The New York Times reports: "At issue is a… more »

09/18/15

  07:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform, Consumer-driven Health Plans

OTC Drug Purchases With FSA, HSA, HRA Funds Getting House Push (Again)

Back in the day -- like, four years ago -- there seemed to be a growing consensus that Congress would overturn the provision of the Affordable Care Act that required a doctor's prescription to purchase over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) with FSA or HSA… more »

09/16/15

  09:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Daily Aspirin May Benefit Those At Risk For Heart Disease, Colon Cancer

Older adults at high risk of heart disease could benefit from a daily aspirin, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In a newly-released draft report, the medical organization recommends that men and women between the ages of 50 and 69… more »

09/14/15

  11:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Aiming For A Lower Blood Pressure Target Pays Bigger Health Dividends

Lowering your blood pressure to a healthier level can have a huge impact on your well-being, NPR reports: "Cutting blood pressure below the currently recommended target can significantly reduce the rate of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and… more »

09/10/15

  11:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 303 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Cost savings

Drug Costs On Pace For Major Increases In 2016

From BenefitsPro: “A survey of 60 leading health care vendors conducted by Aon, a major human resources consulting firm, shows that the cost of prescription drugs is on pace to increase by 10 percent in the next year, up from the estimated 6.3 increase… more »

09/09/15

  11:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Nearly Half Of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes Or Are At Risk

A new study suggests that diabetes continues to be a national problem -- and reinforces the need for a greater emphasis on personal wellness. According to a paper published in JAMA, 12.4% of U.S. adults had diabetes from 2011 to 2012. Most of these… more »

09/08/15

  03:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Proposed Regulations Offer Health Care Protections For Transgender People

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed new Affordable Care Act regulations designed to eliminate discrimination toward transgender people in the area of health care benefits, including certain gender transition… more »

09/04/15

  05:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Closed Labor Day, But Online Services Ready To Help

The staff of MedBen would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Labor Day! MedBen will be closed on Monday, September 7 and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. the following day. But even when we’re out of the office, MedBen Access stays open… more »

09/03/15

  10:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 323 words,  
Categories: Wellness

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Fortunately, it is seldom fatal – in fact, more than two million adult males can today call themselves survivors of the disease. While there is no known cause of prostate cancer, researchers… more »

09/01/15

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Penalties Increase for IRS Information Returns

What does sub-Saharan trade with the United States have to do with health care reform? Both were modified as part of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA), passed into law earlier this year. As part of this trade bill, Congress passed… more »