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09/17/14

  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 »

09/02/14

  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 »

08/15/14

  04:16:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Committed To Besting Health Care Price Trends

Health care prices nationwide have recently risen faster than general inflation, following an extended period of historically slow growth. But at MedBen, we’re committed to saving our clients money regardless of price trends. According to a new… more »

07/31/14

  04:35:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

MedBen Helps Fully-insured Groups Make The Self-funded Switch

Last year, 70% of the self-funding proposal requests to MedBen originated from fully-insured employers… a number we expect to rise in 2014. The Affordable Care Act has caused a dramatic shift in the cost and the demands of heath care coverage –… more »

07/15/14

  01:05:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Even Pre-ACA, Most Health Plans Covered Contraceptive Costs

The extensive media coverage of the recent Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive coverage – not to mention, the resultant political outcry – has somewhat overshadowed the reality that the decision affects only a small percentage of… more »

07/10/14

  05:02:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 348 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Contraceptive Coverage Issue Prompts New Bills, More Lawsuits

The Supreme Court made its ruling about employers and birth control coverage last week, but that hardly means the matter has been put to rest. The New York Times reports that two Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to override the Supreme… more »

07/09/14

  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 »

06/20/14

  05:27:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Reduce Your Group's Drug Costs Through A Better Rx Plan -- And A Healthier Workforce

According to HealthDay News, a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while growth of prescription drug use has slowed in recent years, overall numbers continue to rise. Nearly half of Americans said they took at… more »

05/05/14

  03:38:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 329 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Don’t Let Allergies Spoil Your Spring

This time of year, most of us look forward to spending time outside, or opening the windows to enjoy spring breezes. But for individuals who suffer from allergies, communing with nature often comes at a cost. When the human immune system overreacts to… more »

04/24/14

  09:08:45 am, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Public Approval Of Birth Control Mandate Only Part Of The Story

A University of Michigan study has made headlines for its finding that most Americans support mandated coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act. Less publicized – though no less noteworthy – is the fact that respondents… more »

04/22/14

  04:44:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Drug Study Results Highlights Need To Be Proactive About Generics

A new study of free drug samples makes a good case for why patients with prescriptions should always inquire about lower-cost alternatives… and take advantage of MedBen’s online Rx cost comparison service. From The New York Times:… more »

04/17/14

  12:50:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Goes Against U.S. Health Care Spending Trend

After several years of notably slow growth, U.S. health care spending took a bigger bump upward in 2013. Many MedBen clients, on the other hand, saw their costs going down last year. According to Reuters, a new report by IMS Health Holdings found that… more »

04/09/14

  04:59:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Review Of Exchange Rx Claims Finds High Specialty Drug Use

A review of prescription claims data from early enrollees to the health insurance exchanges suggest that healthier uninsureds didn’t race to sign up. According to Kaiser Health News, individuals who got coverage from federal and state marketplaces… more »

03/25/14

  11:56:17 am, by MedBen5   , 266 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Reporting Tools Help Employers Develop Smart Benefit Strategies

The current state of health care reform has created no small measure of uncertainty among self-funded employer groups… and an unprecedented need to understand how benefit and population changes will affect their bottom line. To meet this need,… more »

03/20/14

  04:31:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Birth Control Mandate Critics About To Get Day In Court

On March 25, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the question of whether or not employers should be required to cover contraceptives even if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. The hearing marks the latest (and final?)… more »

03/18/14

  04:15:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 525 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

MedBen Government Roundtable Highlights Savings Solutions

Money-saving strategies took center stage at MedBen’s 8th Annual Government Employer Roundtable held on March 18. Municipalities whose benefits are administered by MedBen got to see how their plan performed in comparison to other municipal… more »

03/06/14

  05:25:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Rx Model Offers Transparency, 100% Discounts And Rebates

“[Pharmacy benefit managers] cut private deals with drugmakers and then set maximum amounts they’ll reimburse drugstores for generic drugs and what they’ll charge companies, insurers or other clients for the drugs. The difference… more »

03/04/14

  05:26:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 463 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Wellness, "Own Use" Rx Emphasized At MedBen Hospital Roundtable

Earlier today, MedBen clients and non-clients turned out for the company’s 12th Annual Hospital Employer Roundtable at the Morrow Conference Center in Newark, Ohio. Members of the MedBen team offered their insights on the current state of health… more »

12/24/13

  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 »

12/04/13

  04:34:46 pm, by kthran   , 441 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen-managed Medical Costs Well Below National, Regional Trends

Health care cost increases for self-funded employers managed by MedBen are coming in well under national and regional trends – and in some cases, are even decreasing. According to Columbus Business First Mercer survey found that benefits costs for… more »

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