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  12:46:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Allows Health FSAs To Carry Over Funds

Great news for individuals with a health flexible spending account: The “use-it-or-lose-it” rule is being scrapped. On October 31, the IRS announced that, effective immediately, up to $500 of unused funds in a health FSA can be carried over… more »


  05:17:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

HHS Announces Reinsurance Fee Exemption For Some Self-funded Groups

Coming hot on the heels of President Obama’s health plan promise kerfuffle is a possible break on reinsurance fees… and more proof that it pays to self-fund. According to BenefitsPro, the Department of Health and Human Services announced… more »


  04:46:16 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

When Choosing Employee Benefits, Don't Overlook Vision

Eye care is an essential component of overall health, yet for many employers, vision coverage is an afterthought. But there’s a vital need in the workforce for good vision – a need that MedBen VisionPlus can help your group meet. According… more »


  04:14:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 369 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Promotes Prescription Plan Transparency -- And Maximum Client Savings

A recent Fortune magazine article paints an unflattering portrait of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) that make huge gross profits from a non-transparent payment model. It’s a strategy that some third party administrators may shrug off as… more »


  05:07:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

We're Closing Early This Friday, But Online Services Always Open

On Friday, October 18, MedBen will be closing at 12:00 p.m. EST for a companywide recognition event. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 21. Although our client service departments will be closed early that day, you can still get answers… more »


  10:27:45 am, by MedBen5   , 318 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Avoid The Fully-insured Customer Battles By Switching To Self-funding

“Health Insurers Scramble to Keep Healthy Customers“, says a recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Several [health insurers…] have recently warned customers of big rate hikes if they don’t immeditely renew their policies.… more »


  12:45:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 277 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Wellness Coaching Makes A Big Difference To Plan Member

Specialized nurse coaching for plan members who may be at risk for certain conditions is a key feature of MedBen’s Worksite Wellness program. And sometimes, a single session can have a life-altering effect. A nurse coach with our wellness program… more »


  04:17:10 pm, by kthran   , 292 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen Reporting Tools Help You Bridge The "Care Gap"

Among the many features of MedBen’s intelligent reporting tools, clients have the ability to review their group’s “care gap” – a measure of what preventive exams and screenings your employees should be receiving compared to… more »


  04:06:34 pm, by kthran   , 249 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Aces Latest ISO 9001 Audit

“The recommendation from this audit is that your certification continues.” That’s the conclusion of SAI Global following its most recent audit of MedBen’s compliance with ISO 9001:2008 standards. Conducted September 19, the… more »


  04:34:05 pm, by kthran   , 294 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

When Looking To Reduce Hospital Costs, Remember Bigger Isn't Better

A common conviction of the “bigger is better” line of thinking is that large metropolitan hospitals offer superior care than their smaller regional counterparts. But as Partners Community Health Plan members are discovering, size… more »


  09:02:43 am, by kthran   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Lack Of Insurance Knowledge A Problem, But MedBen Has The Solution

Knowledge, as they say, is power… and in the case of health insurance, the more you know, the better your odds of staying healthy and saving money. At MedBen, it’s our goal to keep clients informed about all aspects of their coverage. As… more »


  08:42:04 am, by kthran   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Employers Are Going Solo With CDHPs

MedBen has offered consumer-driven health plans for nearly 15 years… and in that time, we’ve seen it transform from a niche product into a valuable tool for employer cost savings, as well as a way to give employees a greater role in health… more »


  05:45:20 pm, by kthran   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

U.S. Health Spending Continues To Grow; MedBen Helps Employers Keep It In Check

With 75 years of health care management under its proverbial belt, MedBen has seen plenty of fluctuations in nationwide health spending over the decades – from periods of relatively slow upticks to the double-digit increases of the early… more »


  04:10:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 511 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Employee Exchange Notice Requirement Nearing October 1 Deadline

No later than October 1, 2013, all employers are required to provide a Notice to their employees providing information about the new health care Exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Exchanges, now called Health Insurance Marketplaces,… more »


  04:21:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Employee Coverage and Self-funded Savings -- So Where's The "Threat"?

Private sector solutions apparently have no place in today’s brave new health care world, The Wall Street Journal finds: “[S]elf-insurance is now filtering down to businesses with 199 workers or fewer, as a hedge against ObamaCare’s… more »


  09:07:42 am, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Conditions Are Right To Make The Self-funding Switch

At MedBen, we believe that employers both large and small should benefit from the savings achieved by a healthy workforce. That’s why for two decades we’ve offered self-funded solutions for large and smaller employers. Still, for companies… more »


  11:56:31 am, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Rx Coupons Not A Long-term Bargain

MedBen pharmaceutical plans encourage the use of generic equivalents whenever possible. Such medicines contain the same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts, and are sold at a much lower cost. Understandably, brand-name drugmakers would… more »


  03:49:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 757 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

How Will The Defense of Marriage Act Ruling Affect Your Plan?

In June, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in United States v. Windsor – the highly publicized Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. While the Supreme Court’s ruling was very specific regarding changes required in the areas of the… more »


  11:51:02 am, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Closing The "Care Gap" Improves Workplace Health, Lowers Costs

Among the keys to reducing health care costs is reducing the “care gap” that results from plan members missing recommended wellness exams and screenings. MedBen, in conjunction with Verisk Health, offers a unique reporting platform that… more »


  10:43:58 am, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

With Split Solution, You're Not Too Small To Self-Fund

The 2013 Employer Benefits Survey released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the popularity of self-funding continues to grow steadily. According to Passion for Subro, 61% of covered workers are in a self-funded plan – up… more »

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