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12/12/11

  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 »
  11:02:03 am, by MedBen5   , 143 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Senate Insurance Form Doesn't Reflect New Dependent Law

The Washington Post reports that as U.S. employers and individuals acclimate themselves to the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, the very body that wrote and approved health care reform has dragged its feet a bit: “[On December 6]… more »

12/06/11

  12:57:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Americans Feel Favorable About Transparent Plan Summaries

If you were to ask the man or woman on the street about what aspect of health care reform they feel most favorable about, what do you think the most frequent response would be (other than the inevitable blank stares)? Do you think it would be the… more »

12/05/11

  04:22:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 287 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Cancer Pain Survey Suggests Need For Education, Patient Empowerment

A recent survey finds that some cancer doctors may need additional education on how to treat patients with pain, Reuters reports. Over 600 onologists responded to the survey, which presented two scenarios about a patient in pain despite being on… more »
  12:54:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Loss Ratio Rules Won't Tax Rebates, Reclassify Commissions

On Friday, we noted a GAO report regarding the medical loss ratio (MLR) provision of the Affordable Care Act. Today’s news offers additional information about the requirement that insurers spend spend at least 80% of their premiums on medical care… more »

12/02/11

  11:55:39 am, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

GAO Says Most Insurers Would Have Met Loss Ratios In 2010

The Government Accountability Office says that in 2010, most American health insurers would have met the medical loss ratios (MLRs) established under the Affordable Care Act, Reuters reports. A review by the congressional watchdog agency of last… more »

12/01/11

  05:09:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 180 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Regular Teeth Cleaning Promotes Heart Health

As we noted on this blog a few weeks back, your teeth can act as a window to your health in general. Now, new research demonstrates just how regular dental checkups can help your heart. WebMD reports that people who had their their teeth professionally… more »
  02:12:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Administration Awards Additional Grants For State Exchanges

The Obama administration will award nearly $200 million in new federal grants to states in order to set up insurance exchanges, The New York Times reports. Beginning in 2014, the exhanges will serve as “one-stop shops” for the uninsured to compare and… more »

11/30/11

  04:54:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 166 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Medicare Will Pay For Obesity Screenings, Counseling

In an effort to curb obesity and its related ailments, Medicare has announced that it will provide financial assistance to overweight recipients, including free screening and preventive services. USA Today reports that patients who screen positive for… more »

11/29/11

  04:31:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 180 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

IRS W-2 Guidelines Summary Available To MedBen Clients

Effective for 2012 IRS Form W-2s, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require affected employers to report the cost of the employer-sponsored health care coverage provided to their employees. Since 2012 Form W-2s are not required to be… more »
  12:14:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 180 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

HHS Rejects States' Medical Loss Ratio Waiver Requests

The Hill reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has rejected two states’ waiver requests from a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. Indiana and Louisiana had requested a reduction of the health care reform law’s… more »

11/28/11

  11:10:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 316 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Partners Self-funded Plan Now Available

Since its debut a year ago, Partners Community Health Plan has demonstrated its value to employers across Southeast Ohio. By partnering with local hospitals, MedBen is helping businesses control health care costs today, as well as down the road. And… more »

11/18/11

  11:46:01 am, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Most People Still Not Fans Of Government-Run Health Care

A new survey suggests that most Americans continue to oppose the idea of government-mandated health care, Medical News Today reports. The survey, conducted by Gallup, found that 47% of respondents favor repealing the Affordable Care Act – a… more »

11/17/11

  04:54:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

Department of Labor Postpones Benefits Summary Requirements

Today, MedBen received notification from the Department of Labor that compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s 6-page Summary of Benefits and Coverage (or SBC) requirements have been postponed until final regulations are promulgated. This good… more »

11/15/11

  04:52:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 338 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

President, Democrats React To Supreme Court Decision

Upon hearing that the Supreme Court will review a challenge against the Affordable Care Act, the architect of the plan is confident of the eventual outcome. His party, on the other hand, isn’t so sure. According to ABC News, the Obama… more »

11/14/11

  04:53:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Health Care Reform Arguments

It’s official: The Supreme Court will weigh in on health care reform before the 2012 elections. The big question the court will grapple with is whether or not Congress overstepped its bounds by including an “individual mandate” in the… more »

11/10/11

  05:31:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Self-funding, Wellness Among Public Employer Saving Strategies

Reuters reports on public employers’ efforts to find health care plan savings while still providing high-quality benefits. Pressure to cut spending on employees, coupled with rising health care costs, have made it harder to offer the generous… more »

11/09/11

  11:58:24 am, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Ohio Voters Reject Individual Mandate

Ohio voters have approved a state constitutional amendment that says residents cannot be required to purchase health insurance. The Columbus Dispatch reports that voters throughout the state passed the health-care amendment by a 2-to-1 vote. The… more »

11/08/11

  05:18:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Another Appeals Court Upholds Individual Mandate's Constitutionality

President Obama is starting to pile up the wins, at least as they pertain to health care reform. The Associated Press (via MSNBC) reports that a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the constitutionality of the… more »

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