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07/10/12

  11:53:53 am, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Republicans Ready Latest ACA Repeal Attempt

It’s deja vu all over again in Congress, as the House of Representatives is considering a proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act – which will mark the 31st time since 2011 that the Republican-controlled House has voted to defund,… more »

07/09/12

  11:50:53 am, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Massachusetts' Mandate Model May Not Work Nationwide

It’s well-known that the Massachusetts health care insurance reform law served as a blueprint of sorts for the Affordable Care Act. Enacted by then-governor Mitt Romney, it contains many of the same provisions that would later be adapted by the… more »

07/06/12

  01:01:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Numbers Show Need For Smart Health Benefits Planning

Reuters (via MedScape News) reports some sobering health and wellness numbers from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Compared to the OECD’s 33 other member countries, the United States ranks: 1st in… more »
  12:31:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Affordable Care Act Still Faces Challenges

“The law I passed is here to stay,” President Obama told supporters at a campaign stop in Ohio yesterday. Last week’s Supreme Court action, in which the justices upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, was indeed a definite… more »

07/05/12

  05:32:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Senior Eyesight Improved, But Vision Diseases Rising Overall

A bit of “good vision news – bad vision news": Older Americans have less serious eyesight problems compared to a generation ago, but eye diseases across all age groups have risen at a dramatic rate. A new study published in the journal… more »
  10:58:30 am, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Poll Says Americans Want Health Reform Opponents To Move On

Even though Americans are still mixed in their opinions about the Affordable Care Act, most would prefer that the federal goverment take no further measures to halt its progress. According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56% of the… more »

07/03/12

  12:54:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Chief Justice Initially Sided With Dissenters, Sources Say

Common wisdom expected that the conservative-leaning Supreme Court would most assuredly strike down the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. But as we learned last week, common wisdom whiffed it big-time. Or did it? In the sense that the… more »

07/02/12

  11:45:27 am, by MedBen5   , 452 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Some Midwest States Not Far Along With Insurance Exchanges

While the Supreme Court deliberated on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, some state governments opted to hold back on developing health insurance exchanges. So now that we know the justices’ decision, it’s “game on” again… more »

06/29/12

  04:19:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 390 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Media Reacts To Health Care Reform Ruling

The Supreme Court ruling on the health care reform law is still the big news story of the day (or at least until the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes breakup overshadows it). The decision has been scrutinized from a variety of perspectives – judicial,… more »
  03:12:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

FDA Discourages Use Of All-Metal Hip Implants

Metal-on-metal hip implants were marketed as a longer-lasting alternative to older and ceramic models, but the evidence of late has suggested just the opposite. So it’s not surprising that government health experts have cast a critical collective… more »

06/28/12

  11:13:44 am, by MedBen5   , 294 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Upholds Majority of ACA

Well, it’s done. The decision we’ve been waiting for (patiently or not) has been made. So what does it really mean now that the United States Supreme Court has found the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional (save for part of the Medicaid Expansion… more »

06/27/12

  12:10:04 pm, by MedBen5   , 304 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Employers Face More Changes If Health Care Law Falls

Based on just about everything we’ve read of late – including the opinions of legal experts – the smart money is on the Supreme Court striking down the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act while leaving the rest of it intact.… more »

06/26/12

  05:01:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Days Before Decision, Health Care Reform Law Gets Tepid Support

NBC News and The Wall Street Journal have managed to sneak in one final poll about the health care reform law before The Supreme Court puts the matter to rest (for the time being, anyway) later this week. According to MSNBC, the survey shows that 37%… more »

06/25/12

  02:02:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Will Rule On ACA This Thursday

Say what you will about the Supreme Court, but the justices know a thing or two about heightening the drama. The Court had two high-profile cases to rule on this week: The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act as well as Arizona’s… more »

06/22/12

  01:26:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Money Talks, But Other Wellness Incentives Work, Too

Money makes the world go round, they say… and if used right, it makes people get healthy, suggests new research. WebMD reports that the study encouraged adults aged 21 to 60 – all of whom ate poorly and exercised little – to practice… more »
  12:50:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

If Justices Remove Individual Mandate, Don't Stop There

Business columnist David Lazarus anticipates the fallout if Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act but keeps other provisions intact: “Put simply, by eliminating the individual mandate but leaving in place… more »

06/21/12

  11:55:10 am, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Partners Plan: Community Involvement Means Better Care, Better Cost

Real health care reform can only be accomplished by primary care providers and the local community. That’s the message from the new policy paper “Communities of Solution: The Folsom Report Revisited.” According to Medical Xpress, the… more »

06/20/12

  02:30:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Claims Accuracy Exceeds The Norm

Medical claims payment accuracy by U.S health insurers has improved in 2012 compared to last year, according to the American Medical Association. The AMA’s National Health Insurer Report Card, which uses data from several larger insurers, says that… more »
  10:53:00 am, by MedBen5   , 297 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

With Decision Days Away, Health Reform Chatter Grows

With the Supreme Court decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act expected in just a few days, speculation and commentary is currently running rampant on Internet news sights. Here’s a quick sampling: Self-Interest Meets Mandate (New York… more »

06/18/12

  10:51:26 am, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

CDC Says Health Reform Will Increase Preventive Care Use

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Affordable Care Act has increased accessibility to preventive care, HealthDay reports (via Medical Xpress). Prior to the passage of the health care reform law, CDC says that only about half… more »

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