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01/03/12

  02:52:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

State's Freedom To Create Exchanges Come With Conditions

Last month, the Obama administration announced that states will have greater flexibility to determine benefits available through their health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. But just how much latitude will the federal government… more »

12/30/11

  04:41:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

The Year In Health Care Reform

USA Today reviews the major health care changes that took effect in 2011 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Those that directly impact group health plans, such as preventive health benefits paid in full and continued coverage for dependents until… more »

12/29/11

  05:08:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Offers Accountable Care Solutions to Control Chronic Condition Costs

From proprietary claims surveillance to wellness and precertification programs, MedBen uses a variety of cutting-edge methods to help contain your plan’s health plan costs. To complement these savings strategies, we now offer, as an optional… more »
  11:55:12 am, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mum On Ideas For Replacing Reform Law

The Washington Post takes Republican presidental candidates to task for not offering any new health care reform ideas to fulfill the oft-repeated “repeal and replace” pledge. Columnist David A. Fahrenthold notes that both former House speaker Newt… more »

12/28/11

  04:54:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Many Big Companies Find No Value In Health Risk Assessments

Half of self-insured companies don’t think health risk assessments add any value to worksite wellness programs, Employee Benefit News reports. A survey of 25 large U.S. employers with at least 3,000 employees found that while most view wellness as… more »
  10:42:53 am, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Government Research Provision Will Bump Insurance Costs

A new information-gathering rule will soon impact health care costs. Medical Xpress reports that “[s]tarting in 2012, the government will charge a new fee to your health insurance plan for research to find out which drugs, medical procedures,… more »

12/22/11

  05:09:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Use Your Remaining FSA Funds Before 2011 Ends

If you contribute to a flexible spending account (FSA), it’s nearly time to “use it or lose it". Qualified medical purchases made on or before December 31, 2011 can be reimbursed from your FSA using 2011 funds, once proper supporting documentation has… more »
  11:15:30 am, by MedBen5   , 280 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Can Health Care Reform Work Without The Individual Mandate?

Now that we know when the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of requiring Americans to have health insurance coverage, one question looms large: Will they or won’t they declare the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate… more »

12/21/11

  05:15:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Start The New Year Off Right -- With An Eye Exam!

The Better Health website suggests a smart New Year’s resolution that’s also easy to keep: Get a comprehensive eye exam in 2012. One-third of adults over the age of 40 feel they don’t need regular eye exams, says a CDC survey. And the… more »

12/20/11

  12:02:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 159 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Will Hear Reform Law Arguments In March

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Affordable Care Act over three days in late March 2012, reports The Hill’s health care blog Healthwatch. The announcement increases the likelihood that the court will issue a ruling sometime in June.… more »

12/19/11

  04:52:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Administration Gives States Greater Exchange Flexibility

State governments will have greater flexibility to determine benefits available through their health insurance exchanges, Bloomberg reports. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on December 16 that it will not enforce a set of national… more »

12/16/11

  04:43:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Holiday Hours, And Accessing MedBen Access

Happy holidays from the staff at MedBen! Our home office will be closed on Monday, December 26 and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2011. We also will close on Monday, January 2 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2012. As… more »
  03:43:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

HHS: 2.5 Million More Young Adults Now Have Coverage

About 2.5 million young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 have gained medical coverage since the introdution of federal health care reform, according to a new analysis by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Associated Press reports the… more »

12/15/11

  03:26:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 132 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Consumers Give More Thought To Choosing Appliances Than Doctors

Consumers generally give more thought to selecting a new SUV or dishwasher than they do a health plan or a doctor, according to recent survey by the Altarum Institute of over 3,000 insured, employed adults. From the Altarum survey summary: “Do… more »

12/14/11

  04:00:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 215 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Many Employees Unaware They Have Chronic Conditions

Over a third of employees who took employer-sponsored, laboratory-based wellness tests were unaware that they suffered from chronic conditions, according to a study by lab testing outfit Quest Diagnostics. Forbes reports that wellness tests taken at 15… more »
  03:12:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Price, Primary Care Shortages Spur Growth Of Urgent Care Centers

The availability of urgent care facilities have steadily risen over the past decade – and their growth may really take off as health care reform laws take effect, Kaiser Health News predicts. Free-standing urgent care centers have become a… more »

12/13/11

  02:58:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 146 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Doctors Weigh In On Health Care Reform Law

Doctors are split right down the center in regard to their opinions of the Affordable Care Act, according to The Wall Street Journal Health Blog. A survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions consulting group found that 44% of doctors think… more »

12/12/11

  03:51:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

High-deductible Plans Finding Favor With Employers

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) continue to gain in popularity, the Los Angeles Times reports. An employer survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer found that 32% of companies with 500 or more employees offered HDHP in 2011, up from 23% in… more »
  11:58:56 am, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Gov't Health Insurance Fund For Early Retirees Shutting Down Early

If you’re an employer and want to take advantage of a government fund to pay for health insurance for early retirees, you best move quickly. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that the fund deadline has been moved up to December 31… more »

12/08/11

  03:06:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDC: More Outpatient Care Provided By Non-Physicians

More hospital outpatients get their care exclusively from non-physicians, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. As noted on the ACP Hospitalist blog, health researchers found that the percentage of hospital outpatient… more »

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