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Archives for: November 2016

11/28/16

  03:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 354 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes, Ancillary benefits

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

9.3%. 29.1 million. Both representations of the number of Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The 7th leading cause of death in the United States, the American Diabetes Association states that an additional 86 million Americans are at risk… more »

11/23/16

  07:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 315 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

The ACA in 2017... and Beyond

The presidential election of Donald Trump, coupled with the Republican majority in both houses of Congress, has suddenly put the future of the Affordable Care Act into serious doubt. For the short term, however, it's business as usual... and MedBen is… more »

11/22/16

  04:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Dental, Heart, Research

Dental Checkups Go Much Deeper than Healthy Teeth

Is there anything a dental checkup can't do? In addition to ensuring the continued health of your teeth (and often getting a free toothbrush in the bargain), dentist visits may even help to keep your lungs clean. HealthDay News reports that a new… more »

11/21/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

IRS Extends ACA 1095 Employer Reporting Deadline

On Friday, November 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2016-70, effectively extending the due date for furnishing IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals offered and/or covered under employer-provided health plans. The extended… more »

11/20/16

Thanksgiving Observances and Online Services

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of MedBen! We hope that you and your family have a fun, safe, and relaxing holiday. To observe the holiday, MedBen will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday,… more »

11/18/16

  09:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Section 1557 Discrimination Summary Available for Download

Earlier this year, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,… more »

11/17/16

  11:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 157 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Cost savings

2017 Formularies Now Available at MedBen.com

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at MedBen.com – simply click on “Plan Sponsors” (for employers) or “Plan Members” (for insureds) and select “Prescription Formularies” from… more »

11/16/16

  08:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Taxes, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Cost savings, IRS, Ancillary benefits

Doing FSA Homework Saves Members Money

The tax-free benefits of flexible spending accounts (FSAs) helps plan members to save money on their health care spending... but using FSAs to their maximum advantage requires a bit of prior planning. Many FSA members are currently deciding how much of… more »

11/11/16

  11:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

More Smaller Groups Making the Self-funded Switch

The shift from fully-insured group insurance to self-funded coverage continues, with more and more businesses realizing its savings potential. And not just large companies, either... as benefit managers like MedBen offer solutions to minimize risk, even… more »

11/04/16

  04:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO

MedBen Maintains High ISO Standards, Latest Audit Says

MedBen continues to maintain high standards of quality, says the latest independent audit of the company's ISO 9001 compliance. According to the auditing firm SAI Global, MedBen's management system, which was put in place to ensure process consistency… more »

11/03/16

  09:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 294 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

EEOC Wellness Rules Summary Available for Download

Back in May, MedBen highlighted new wellness rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the use of incentives to promote participation in corporate wellness programs. These rules, which go into effect on or after January 1,… more »

11/02/16

  02:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care

Controlling High Blood Pressure Benefits Mind and Body

When discussing hypertension, we tend to focus on its physical effects, such as its link to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But doctors warn that high blood pressure may affect your mental capacity as well. According to HealthDay News, a new… more »