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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 »

03/23/18

  02:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Show Adherence to Quality Standards in Latest ISO Audit

For MedBen, maintaining companywide quality is an ongoing process. To ensure that we are meeting established ISO 9001 quality standards, we undergo twice-yearly audits of our work procedures... and once again, MedBen has passed its latest audit with no… more »

03/11/18

  10:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Research

Study Reveals Opioids No More Effective Than Safer Alternatives

Nowadays, opioid painkillers usually make the headlines because of their addictive properties, rather than their therapeutic advantages. But new research has raised questions as to whether such benefits have been overstated. A year-long study of… more »

03/09/18

2018 Family HSA Contribution Maximum Reduced

Due to a change in cost-of-living increases as calculated under last year's tax reform bill, the IRS has released new recalculated maximums for family health savings account (HSA) contributions for 2018. This year's previously announced family HSA limit… more »

03/05/18

  08:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Compliance, ERISA

MedBen ERISA Disability Claims Document Available for Download

The MedBen Compliance team has created a document outlining the final regulations relating to disability claims under the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA), which will become effective on April 1, 2018. You can download this document… more »

02/25/18

  06:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Flu Shot Still Worth It? Absolutely

The current flu season has been one of the worst in recent memory, and this year's flu vaccine has offered less help than usual. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the vaccine is only about 25% effective against H3N2,… more »

02/23/18

  06:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Claims management

MedBen Leads Columbus Business First Survey

A new Columbus Business First survey (in the February 16 issue) ranks MedBen as Central Ohio's top employee benefits company, based on the number of Central Ohio benefits workers we employ. With 143 TPA employees residing in Licking, Franklin and… more »

02/22/18

  07:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Reporting, Third party administration, MedBen University, Self-funding

In Health Care Planning, One Size Does Not Fit All

A new Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) report highlights the wide disparity of health care costs in U.S. states, with average costs ranging from 17% above comparable populations in Colorado to 16% below in Maryland. The report notes… more »

01/25/18

  06:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Delayed Again . . . Cadillac Tax Postponed Until 2022

While things have been relatively quiet on the Affordable Care Act front, in recent weeks employers were starting to wonder if they needed to implement strategies to manage costs under the controversial Cadillac Tax which was set to become effective in… more »

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