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09/20/18

  07:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Fouch Among MedBen Employees Celebrating Benchmark Anniversaries

At an employee appreciation luncheon on September 14, MedBen employees who have reached noteworthy anniversaries were honored for their achievements... among them, Director of Accounting Operations Anita Fouch, who has served our clients for an… more »

08/12/18

  04:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Celebrates 80 Years in 2018 Client Report

Keep an eye on your mailbox this week, because the 2018 MedBen Client Report is on its way! In this year's edition of our annual report, we mark a very special occasion: MedBen's 80th Anniversary. To celebrate this benchmark event, we've gone all the… more »

06/29/18

  09:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 435 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Self-funding

DOL Rule Expands Association Health Plan Access

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations expanding the definition of “employer” under ERISA Section 3(5). This seemingly simple change to an existing federal regulatory definition paves the way for the creation… more »

06/17/18

Harden CEO Promotion Spotlighted in Columbus Business First

In a new Columbus Business First article, reporter Carrie Ghose interviewed MedBen President Kurt Harden and Executive Chairman Doug Freeman about Harden's recent promotion to CEO as well as the company's recent activities and future plans. Freeman… more »
  08:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Cost savings, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)

Government Talks about Rx Costs, But MedBen Already Has Solutions

During recent testimony to a Senate committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar floated the idea of eliminating the rebates that drug companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) use in price negotiations. As noted on Bloomberg.com, "PBMs… more »
  07:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension

High Blood Pressure Raises Patient Bills, Study Says

Americans with high blood pressure may pay nearly $2,000 more on medical fees this year than those without the condition… a problem that could be alleviated through a focus on preventive care. According to a 12-year study, adults with hypertension can… more »

06/03/18

  07:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Banking

New “Beneficial Ownership” Rule Requires Account Information

Recently, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a federal banking regulator, instituted a new federal rule which affects banks and other financial institutions. The “Beneficial Ownership” rule, which went in effect May 11, requires banks to… more »

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 »

05/20/18

  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 »
  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 »

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 »

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 »

04/08/18

  09:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings, Transparency

MedBen Rx Advocate Closes the Price Gap

Newly appointed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says he wants to see greater transparency in drug pricing. In an address to the Federation of American Hospitals last month, Azar noted that “in both healthcare services and pharmaceuticals,… more »
  09:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Preventive care, Primary care

Primary Care Best Bet for Back Pain Treatment

We frequently note the critical role primary care physicians (PCPs) play in preventing and detecting chronic conditions As the name infers, a PCP also serves as the "go to" source for treating many common ailments, including one of the most pervasive… more »

04/06/18

  07:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Preventive care, Health savings accounts (HSAs)

IRS Ruling Affects Male Sterilization Coverage in HDHP/HSA Plans

A recent IRS notice will no longer allow first-dollar coverage of male sterilization and other forms of male contraception under high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) paired with health savings accounts (HSAs)... a decision that effectively overrules… more »

03/25/18

  09:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 320 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Reporting, Cost savings, MedBen University, Self-funding, Trend

MedBen Hospital, Municipality Roundtables Spotlight Client Cost Trends

At two recent industry-specific MedBen University (MBU) roundtables, MedBen Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus highlighted how the company's claims management solutions are keeping plan costs in check. From 2013 through 2017, the… more »
  07:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Reversing Diabetes Growth Takes Focused Wellness Effort

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources paint a grim picture of the growing prevalence of diabetes, as well as its attendant physical effects: More than 29 million Americans are diabetic. Approximately 19… more »

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