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Archives for: November 2018

11/26/18

  03:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

FSA Contribution Maximum Gets Small Raise in 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the annual inflation adjustment for flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the 2019 tax year. As has been the case in previous years, contribution limits will see only modest increases or remain unchanged.… more »

11/20/18

  07:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 393 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Putting the “Me” in Merry During the Holidays

Between shopping and get-togethers, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can feel like a whirlwind – especially if you fail to make the time to take care of yourself. But just because your calendar is packed is no excuse to fall into bad… more »

11/18/18

  10:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Specialty Drugs, MedBen Rx

The Clear Solution to Rx Spending Trends

A New York Times article examines the dramatic rise in U.S. prescription drug costs over the past two decades. American drug spending was once on par with other wealthy countries, but between 1997 and 2007 our drug spending tripled... and took off again… more »

Happy Thanksgiving from MedBen!

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 22 and Friday, November 23. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on… more »
  08:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension

Get Moving, America!

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released updated physical activity guidelines to encourage a healthier country while reducing care costs and mortality rates. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans state that adults need 150… more »

11/08/18

  09:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: Taxes, Compliance

By the Numbers: Your 2019 Health Plan Budget

Working on your 2019 health plan budget? If so, you’ll want to keep the following limitations and penalties in mind. The following apply as of the first day of your plan’s 2019 plan year: Out-of-Pocket Maximums $7,900 for self-only (employee-only)… more »

11/05/18

  11:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 358 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Security, Privacy, Compliance, MedBen Employees, Information Systems

MedBen Announces Promotions of Fraker, Crain

MedBen is pleased to announce the promotions of Caroline Fraker to Senior Vice President and Wendell Crain to Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Security Officer (CSO). A 30-plus year veteran of employee benefits, Fraker has assisted… more »
  11:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, MedBen Rx

Generic Drugs: Effective and Cost-Efficient

As the prescribing of generic drugs has become more commonplace, most consumers have come to see that these medications work just as well as their pricier band-name equivalents. Indeed, when a generic alternative is available, MedBen clients see a 98%… more »
  11:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Dental, Research, Hypertension

Hypertension Study Highlights Usefulness of Good Dental Coverage

Lowering hypertension risk isn't simply a matter of exercise and diet... it also helps to practice good dental habits, a new study suggests. According to HealthDay, researchers reviewed medical and dental records of more than 3,600 people diagnosed… more »