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  09:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Painkiller Statistics Underscore Need For Alternate Care Solutions

Two major news organizations have approached a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from differing perspectives. "Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down," says USA Today, while ABC News warns "Prescription drug deaths keep rising."… more »


  12:52:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 392 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

Comparing Pharmacy Costs Isn't Just About Dollars And Cents

A common misconception about buying prescription drugs is that all pharmacies charge the same price for their products, so it doesn’t matter which one you use. The reality is very different, however. Optometrist Ali Khoshnevis, MD writes on the… more »


  11:42:38 am, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

We're Closed Labor Day, But Online Services Stay Open

Happy Labor Day from MedBen…we hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend and sends out the summer on a high note! We’ll be closed on Monday, September 1 to celebrate the holiday and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.… more »


  10:59:37 am, by medben9   , 268 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Benefit Planning With An Eye Toward Employees (And Job Seekers)

“Offering health benefits is critical to employee recruitment and retention,” says Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As such, most companies desire to offer a competitive… more »


  10:18:00 am, by medben9   , 308 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Happy Independence Day From MedBen!

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Friday, July 4 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7. But should you need claims or benefits information in the meantime, there’s good news:… more »


  03:50:45 pm, by medben9   , 291 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Painkiller Use Varies By State

This risk of opioid abuse varies depending upon which state an individual resides in, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to USA TODAY, states differ in the amount of prescriptions they allow for… more »


  07:31:07 am, by medben9   , 332 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Getting The Upper Hand On Headaches

Headaches are one of the world’s most common sources of pain. Almost everyone, at some point in their lives, has dealt with the annoying and sometimes agonizing pain of these nuisance monsters. The types of headaches are varied – tension, migraine and… more »


  08:13:53 am, by medben9   , 263 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Doctor Calls Out Colleagues For Pain Pill Problem

Patient overreliance on opioid painkillers is a ongoing crisis in this country, with the rate of addiction – not to mention, the financial cost – reaching unprecedented levels. And in an opinion piece, oncologist James C. Salwitz makes no… more »


  07:38:31 am, by medben9   , 244 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Million Hearts Initiative Falling Short Of Goal, But Some Signs Promising

A government program to reduce heart attack and strokes has so far not lived up to expectations, HealthDay reports… but even so, there is some room for optimism. The Million Hearts initiative was launched in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and… more »


  07:46:42 am, by medben9   , 550 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Recommended for ISO Recertification

MedBen has successfully completed a re-assessment audit of its ISO 9001:2008 procedures and has been recommended for recertification, according to the company’s Chairman and CEO Doug Freeman. Independent auditors from ISO consulting firm SAI… more »


  03:27:05 pm, by medben9   , 283 words,  
Categories: Announcements

“Affordable” Drug Coverage? Not Exactly

The Affordable Care Act is demonstrating once again that the “affordable” designation is subject to interpretation. Some patients are paying twice as much out of pocket for prescription drugs compared to employer-sponsored plans, as the government… more »


  03:07:58 pm, by medben9   , 264 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Avoid the Wellness Screening “Double Dip”

If you were to go to the gas station and pay for gas at the pump, you wouldn’t go inside and pay for the same gas again. So why would you pay for your employees’ doctor visits twice by implementing on-site screenings? When an employer offers on-site… more »


  04:07:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform

MedBen Offers Clients ACA Transition Relief Summary

Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced a delay in the enforcement of the employer mandate. Originally scheduled to take effect January 2014, the Affordable Care Act rule that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health… more »


  04:38:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Offers Clients Transitional Reinsurance and PCORI Fee Services

In order to help its self-funded clients properly calculate and file their 2014 Transitional Reinsurance (TR) and PCORI Fees as required under the Affordable Care Act, MedBen offers a variety of services at multiple price points. Our services range from… more »


  03:56:50 pm, by kthran   , 298 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness

February Means Heart Disease Awareness

February is all about hearts… and not just the chocolate-filled variety. This month is also dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing your knowledge about prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease… more »


  11:12:05 am, by MedBen5   , 392 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

MedBen to Help Clients Do the "Pay or Play" Math

As you are probably aware, employers who employ at least 50 employees as of their first plan year on or after January 1st of this year must cover all employees who work at least 30 hours per week under their health coverage. Starting January 1st of… more »


  02:47:28 pm, by kthran   , 546 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

MedBen Forms Health Insurance Captive for Smaller Businesses

Benefits management company MedBen has introduced its first reinsurance captive program for businesses that self-fund their health plans, according to its President and COO Kurt Harden. Offered in partnership with HCC Life, this unique coverage option… more »


  04:10:00 pm, by kthran   , 317 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness

January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month

For millions of Americans, the subject of weight weighs heavy on the mind – not to mention, a little around the middle – as we begin a new year. As we pack away festive holiday decorations (and, perhaps, sneak in one last holiday cookie) many of us… more »


  10:21:15 am, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

A Note From Our Chairman

To our customers, consultants and brokers: On behalf of all of the entire MedBen staff, Kurt Harden and I want to wish you a Happy New Year! I don’t have to tell you that this has been a challenging year from an employee benefit plan perspective. But I… more »


  08:00:00 am, by MedBen5   , 178 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

We’ll Be Home For Christmas… But Not MedBen Access

MedBen will close at Noon on Tuesday, December 24, remain closed on Christmas Day, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 26. For the New Year’s holiday, we will be open regular hours on Tuesday, December 31, closed on Wednesday, January 1, and… more »

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