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01/14/18

  05:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 345 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Compliance

Judge Vacates EEOC Wellness Program Rules

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Ben Franklin’s words ring true for those still struggling with the EEOC’s workplace wellness incentive rules. The EEOC’s May 2016 final rules outline how employers are permitted to offer wellness… more »

01/10/18

  06:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, MedBen Employees

MedBen Takes an "Encompassing" Approach to Employee Health

MedBen is taking its company wellness efforts to another level, offering employees tips and tools for living a better life, while earning them extra vacation time in the process. In 2017, MedBen introduced "enCompass," a complement to our internal… more »

01/03/18

  08:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, IRS

IRS Extends 1095 Form Distribution Period

Happy New Year from the IRS! On December 27, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service gave employers sponsoring health plans a New Year’s gift. Again this year, the IRS has offered plan sponsors a 30-day automatic extension for the distribution of both 2017… more »

01/01/18

A Note from Our Chairman and President

To our customers, consultants, and brokers: Welcome to 2018! For MedBen, the coming year carries a special significance, as we will celebrate our 80th anniversary in May. As with any benchmark anniversary, it gives us a chance to look back at how we’ve… more »

12/17/17

  11:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Participate in Families Helping Families Program

Exchanging gifts with friends and family is fun, but sharing with those less fortunate is the true meaning of the holiday season... and once again, the MedBen staff has embraced the spirit of giving. For 18 years and counting, MedBen has participated… more »
  11:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

We're Home For The Holidays, But Still Open Online

Happy holidays from your friends at MedBen! Our home office will be closed on Christmas Day, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 26. We will close again on Monday, January 1 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. While we hope… more »

12/12/17

  04:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Privacy, Third party administration, Compliance, MedBen Employees

Fraker to Serve as SPBA Secretary/Treasurer

MedBen Vice President of Compliance & Chief Privacy Officer Caroline Fraker will serve as Board Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA) for the 2018 year. Fraker joined the board in 2015. As… more »

12/01/17

  08:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Preventable, Study Finds

A new study suggests that nearly half of cancer cases in the U.S. can be attributed to unhealthy habits – habits that could be changed through a focus on wellness and maintaining a doctor-patient relationship. The American Cancer Society study found… more »

11/30/17

  04:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 513 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, IRS

Coming Soon: 2015 Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty Notices

What does the IRS do while it awaits the outcome of tax reform? It works on identifying employers that are not complying with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer shared responsibility mandate. In April, a Treasury Inspector General for Tax… more »

11/19/17

  11:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 275 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Hypertension, Preventive care

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Add Millions to Hypertension Rolls

Nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered hypertensive, based on revised blood pressure guidelines developed by the American Heart Association and other medical groups. A reading of 130/80 will indicate stage 1 hypertension, a reduction from the… more »
  10:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 351 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Compliance

Labor FAQ Outlines Special Enrollment Guidance

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued another FAQ in its series addressing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to guidance on the 21st Century Cure’s Act and other items, the DOL’s FAQ Part 35 focuses on new… more »

While MedBen Closes for Thanksgiving, Online Services Always Open

As the usual end-of-year festivities ramp up, the staff of MedBen would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a fun and stress-free holiday season. While MedBen pauses to observe Thanksgiving Day, our offices will be closed on Thursday,… more »

11/05/17

  11:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 279 words,  
Categories: News, Heart, Research

Study Calls into Question Value of Heart Stents

British researchers have determined that a regimen of medications can be just as effective in treating heart patients as a coronary stent insertion to open blocked arteries. The results raise questions about the value of using stents for the treatment… more »

10/31/17

  08:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO

MedBen Continues to Maintain ISO Standards, Latest Audit Finds

MedBen continues to maintain ISO 9001 standards, according to a recent audit of the company's management system by independent auditor SAI Global. Following an onsite audit on October 4th of various internal functions and processes, the auditor… more »

10/27/17

  07:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

IRS Bumps Up Health FSA Contribution Maximum

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the annual inflation adjustment for flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the 2018 tax year. As has been the case in previous years, contribution limits will see only modest increases or remain unchanged.… more »

10/20/17

  08:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Transparency, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)

Pharmacy Benefit Transparency? Nothing New for MedBen Clients

Pharmacy benefit transparency has been given a national spotlight with Anthem’s well-publicized allegations that Express Scripts overcharged them for prescription drugs (creating, in Anthem's words, an “obscene profit windfall”). In the latest… more »

10/08/17

  08:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Issue 2 Offers Uncertainty for Sponsors of Prescription Drug Plans

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, better known as Issue 2, has sparked plenty of debate (and earned TV stations a lot of money in ad time). If approved, the initiative would enable the state to buy prescription drugs for Medicaid and state retirement… more »

10/06/17

  10:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 154 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

HHS Revises ACA Contraception Mandate

The Trump administration announced on October 6 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate will be scaled back to allow exemptions for employers that claim a religious or moral objection to covering birth control, The Washington Post… more »

10/05/17

  05:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, Preventive care

In Praise of Primary Care

At KevinMD.com, family physician Glen R. Stream reminds us that this week is National Primary Care Week (just in case you somehow forgot), and the critical role that these doctors play: "A wealth of research continues to show that primary care not only… more »

09/24/17

  10:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 301 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Freeman, Delcher and Harris Celebrate 30 Years with MedBen

MedBen recently marked a most impressive benchmark: Three of our employees, including Chairman of the Board & CEO Doug Freeman, were honored for 30 years of service at an employee appreciation luncheon on Friday, September 15. Employees who had… more »

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