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12/14/12

  08:43:17 am, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Larger Companies Self-funding Employee Health Coverage

Nearly 7 out of 10 companies with 50 or more employees self-fund their health insurance, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The percentage of larger businesses opting to assume the financial risk for their… more »

12/13/12

  10:24:18 am, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Doctors Overusing Endoscopy for Heartburn, Professional Group Says

Endoscopy is frequently administered for sufferers of acid reflux. But according to new advice from one of internal medicine’s main professional groups, doctors rely on the procedure more than necessary. “Overuse of upper endoscopy contributes to… more »

12/12/12

  08:55:27 am, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Heath Reform Law Saves Consumers Money, Costs Consumers Money

The yin and the yang of the Affordable Care Act and its affect on the pocketbook: ‘Obamacare’ refunds go to consumers (Los Angeles Times): “Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama’s… more »

12/10/12

  09:00:20 am, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

ACA Rules Have Employers Considering Part-time Workforce

Forbes contributor Robert Book explains why The Affordable Care Act is incentivizing companies to switch over to a part-time workforce: “The ‘Affordable Care Act’ requires ‘large’ employees – those with 50 or more… more »

12/07/12

  03:43:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 166 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

2013 MedBen Formularies Now Available

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at the Forms area of MedBen.com. The new formularies become effective January 1, 2013. If you still need a 2012 formulary, they will be… more »

12/05/12

  10:03:37 am, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Generic Drug Prices Down, While Brand Costs Are Rising

A new report reveals that costs of brand-name medications and their generic equivalents are on very different trajectories. A study by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts of commonly-used medicines found that brand-name drugs increaased more… more »

12/03/12

  05:45:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Employer Health Care Cost Increases Lowest Since 1997, Survey Finds

The continuing popularity of consumer-driven health plans and worksite wellness programs have contributed to the lowest health care inflation in the past 15 years, according to the latest National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. Employee… more »

11/28/12

  05:55:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Do Your End-of-Year Benefit Planning Now

As 2012 quickly winds down, The Los Angles Times has put together some end-of-year tips to maximize your health care benefits. Among them: Make the most of your deductibles. If you’ve met your annual deductible for 2012, now may be a good time… more »

11/26/12

  11:03:00 am, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Reform Fundraiser Could Affect Middle-Class Taxpayers

The Wall Street Journal reports on changes to the tax code designed to help fund health care reform: “Starting next year, taxpayers will only be able to deduct medical expenses that exceed 10% of their adjusted gross income. “For years… more »
  10:52:26 am, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Task Force Calls For Adults To Get Routine HIV Testing

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that all Americans aged 15 to 65 receive routine HIV screening, Reuters reports. The government-backed group of doctors and scientists also called for all pregnant women to get tested for the… more »

11/20/12

  05:38:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 498 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Under ACA, Groups Must Contribute to Reinsurance Program

On May 22, 2012, The Department of Health and Human Services released regulations describing payments due from group health plans which will be used to fund a transitional reinsurance pool for carriers in the non-grandfathered individual market. The… more »

11/19/12

  06:07:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 619 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

The Fallacy Of Private Insurance Exchanges

Earlier this month, in our discussion of health care reform following the presidential elections, we cited a post from the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review that examined private health insurance exchanges. Sears and several other large… more »

11/14/12

  12:29:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 143 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Ohio Will Let Federal Government Run Insurance Exchange

Ohio will let the federal government run its health insurance exchange, The Plain Dealer reports. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said that state officials will send a letter Friday telling the federal government that it can oversee the operation of the exchange,… more »

11/09/12

  09:56:03 am, by MedBen5   , 792 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen and the Future of Health Care Reform

The days following a Presidential Election – for some victory, for others disappointment. But here at MedBen it’s business as usual. For almost 75 years MedBen has seen various politicians’ health care and employee benefits ideas come and go. What’s… more »

11/07/12

  11:40:07 am, by MedBen5   , 436 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Victory Means Full Steam Ahead For Affordable Care Act

After months – really, years – of campaigning, the political dust has finally settled, and Barack Obama has been re-elected President. Which means any further talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act has been effectively silenced. So now… more »

11/06/12

  05:49:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Teeth Upkeep Requires Personal, Professional Care

Did you know that one in four adults over the age of 65 have lost all their teeth? Pretty shocking statistic, there. If you would prefer to remain part of the other 75%, it’s in your best interest to take care of your pearly whites. WebMD… more »

11/05/12

  12:12:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Partners Community Health Plan Debuts "How To" Video

Partners Community Health Plan was designed by MedBen and its hospital and business partners to provide plan members with better health care at a better cost. Now, in order to help members best realize this goal, Partners has created a short, simple and… more »

11/02/12

  01:42:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Presidential Health Reform Comparison Reveals Differing Philosophies

With the elections just days away, MedPage Today examines the health platforms of the two presidential candidates: Barack Obama: “Despite its passage a little more than a year into President Obama’s first term, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… more »

10/31/12

  10:49:44 am, by MedBen5   , 275 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

A Romney Presidency Could Take Small Steps To Scale Back Reform

Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected president next week – a promise that, as we noted on this blog several months ago, is easier said than done. So assuming that immediate and total repeal is off the table, what… more »

10/29/12

  10:29:19 am, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

"Use-It-Or-Lose-It" Time Fast Approaching For FSA Members

A Wall Street Journal article serves as a convenient reminder to flexible spending account members that we’re fast approaching “use-it-or-lose-it” time for any remaining funds. Qualified medical purchases made on or before December… more »

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