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Archives for: May 2018

05/31/18

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 265 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance, PCORI

Reminder: PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

As in years past, all self-funded employer health plan sponsors are required to file and pay their Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee no later than July 31, 2018. All self-funded plan sponsors are required to pay a fee based on the… more »

05/30/18

  03:29:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 347 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Asthma on the Rise

The number of people with asthma continues to rise. In 2001, nearly 20 million people had asthma, and now, this condition, which causes chronic inflammation of the lung airways and makes it hard to breathe (much like pinching a straw and trying to… more »

05/20/18

  08:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Crain Completes Chamber Leadership Program

MedBen Director of Security, Infrastructure and Web Development Wendell Crain recently completed the Community Leadership of Licking County program, offered through the Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce. For completing the nine-month program,… more »

MedBen Closed Memorial Day, But We're Open Online 24/7

The staff of MedBen want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day! Our home office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. During this time, please remember that… more »
  07:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Heart, Preventive care, MedBen Employees

Team MedBen Runs and Jumps (and Zumbas) for Better Heart Health

MedBen joined other local businesses on the Newark (OH) Courthouse Square to engage in good-spirited competition while promoting better heart health at the 2018 Licking County HeartChase on Saturday, May 6. Created by the American Heart Association… more »
  07:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care, Women's Health, Mental Health

Woman’s Health Week Promotes Physical, Mental Well-Being

In May, we observeNational Women's Health Week – a reminder to women of all ages to take the time to focus on their personal well-being, both physical and mental. One key to better physical health is getting an annual wellness exam from your family… more »

05/18/18

  07:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, IRS, Health savings accounts (HSAs)

IRS Announces 2019 HSA Inflation Adjustments

The IRS recently announced its annual cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2019. The annual limit on deductible contributions to an HSA will jump by $50 for individuals and $100 for families next year.… more »

05/17/18

  06:37:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 355 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Harden Named MedBen CEO

Medical Benefits Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MedBen) is pleased to announce that at the Annual Meeting of the insurance and health benefits management company’s Board of Directors on May 17, President Kurt Harden was elected to serve as its Chief… more »

05/08/18

MedBen Turns 80 Today

May 8 marks MedBen’s 80th Anniversary. Originally Hospital Service Association (HSA) of Licking County, we started out with two employees and a goal to provide employers and individuals with affordable health care coverage. And while our numbers have… more »
  06:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 179 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, Specialty Drugs

MedBen Rx Strategies Help Employers Face Pricing Challenges

A recent Washington Post article highlights the machinations that drug companies will use to ensure that insurers and other private-sector sources pay for their products, rather than price-controlled public services like Medicare. One common… more »

05/03/18

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Questioned

The advantages of prostate cancer screening have been debated since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised against the testing for most men in 2012 – and consequences of that advice may be surfacing. In a Medscape commentary, Dr.… more »

05/02/18

  11:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 387 words,  
Categories: News, Compliance, Legislation, Regulatory

Fraker and Fellow SPBA Members Meet with Congressional Offices

MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker was among a group of self-funded benefits professionals who recently visited the Capitol to offer their expertise to Congress in the drafting of health care legislation. In a series of meetings on… more »

05/01/18

  03:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes

Diagnosing Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to use the energy found in food. The American Diabetes Association reports that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. Shockingly, nearly 7.2 million Americans don’t even know that they have… more »