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10/03/11

  05:44:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Committee Proposes To Halt ACA Funding

A probable Supreme Court date for the Affordable Care Act hasn’t stopped House Republicans from devising ways to halt health care reform’s progress. ModernHealthcare.com reports that the House Appropriations Committee has drafted a 2012… more »

09/30/11

  06:03:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Expanded Preventive Services Still Vague On Details

The New York Times recently examined an imminent change to most health insurance plans: 100% coverage of an expanded list of preventive services. Many insurers, including MedBen, already cover in full a variety of wellness services for adults, children… more »

09/29/11

  05:02:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDHPs Reduce Costs Even After Care Is Initiated

Consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) have had a positive impact in how people approach health care spending, a new study suggests. Medical Xpress reports that patients covered under a high-deductible health plan with a health savings account (HSA) or… more »
  04:17:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

President Asks Supreme Court To Review Individual Mandate

Well, that didn’t take long. Just yesterday, we noted that the Obama administration deliberately missed a deadline to request the full panel of a U.S. Appeals Court review an earlier decision of three panel members on the constitutionality of the… more »

09/28/11

  04:59:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Long-Term Care Program Put On Backburner

A long-term care insurance plan proposed under the Affordable Care Act may not come to fruition. The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration has indefinitely shelved the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program,… more »
  12:40:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Inactivity The Latest Step In Deciding Individual Mandate's Constitutionality

More legal maneuverings – this time, by the Obama administration – as we head up to a likely Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the individual mandate. And this time, the only action taken was inaction. MedPage Today reports… more »

09/23/11

  07:56:08 am, by MedBen5   , 439 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Standardizes Summaries of Benefits

On August 22, 2011, the federal government issued proposed regulations describing the Uniform Summary of Coverage document mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The proposed regulations set forth the requirements for… more »

09/22/11

  05:28:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Employers Will Continue Offering Coverage 'Til 2014, Survey Says

Whatever its flaws, the Affordable Care Act has certainly stimulated job creation. Based on the number of studies we’ve seen that predict whether or not employers will drop insurance coverage, consulting firms must be pulling people off the street… more »

09/19/11

  04:27:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 343 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Family Doctor Say OTC Prescription Requirement Adds To Workload

Edward Pullen, MD is a family doctor with a busy practice. In January, the federal government made a change to federal spending accounts that made Dr. Pullen and other primary care physicians even busier: requiring a prescription for patients to buy… more »

09/16/11

  05:13:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Electronic Funds Transfers For Ohio Providers Starts Soon

Beginning October 1, MedBen will begin paying Ohio providers electronically for all claims submitted in the same manner. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) benefits both the employer and the physician by expediting the payment process while eliminating the… more »
  12:14:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 352 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Envisioning Health Care Reform's "Plan B"

As the issue of whether or not the federal government can require most Americans to buy health insurance methodically plods its way through the judicial system to (one assumes) The Supreme Court, economic think tanks are pondering another question: If… more »

09/14/11

  05:17:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Medicaid Oversight Bodes Poorly For Health Care Reform

On his Health Policy Blog, John Goodman contemplates a Census Bureau statistic which estimates that one out of every three uninsured Americans is eligible to be covered under Medicaid and other public programs, but isn’t taking advantage of it.… more »

09/13/11

  05:33:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Hospital Workers Frequently Patients As Well

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that hospital workers get so caught up tending to the health of other people, they apparently tend to neglect their own. At least, that’s one way of looking at a new analysis by Thomson Reuters, which… more »
  04:58:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Poorly Phrased Reform Language May Jeopardize Subsidies

Investor’s Business Daily spotlights a quirk in the Affordable Care Act that has the potential to cause headaches for people who buy health insurance through a federally-run exchange. Beginning in 2014, individuals and families will be required… more »

09/09/11

  05:18:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Another Federal Court Gives A Thumbs-Up To Individual Mandate

Chalk up another win for the “pro-individual mandate” contingent – albeit a win that comes in an unexpected fashion. The Washington Post reports that a Virginia federal appeals court has thrown out a prominent case challenging the… more »

09/06/11

  05:44:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Kids Benefit From Comprehensive Eye Exams

If you’re depending on a school vision screening to take care of your child’s eye care needs, you probably should rethink your strategy. On the Better Health Blog, optometrist Val Jones says that such screenings miss more than 75% of… more »
  01:18:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

A Principled Take On Health Care Reform

In an ongoing series for the KevinMD.com blog, orthopedic surgeon Mitchell Brooks, MD details his “Ten Principles for Healthcare Reform“. Some of his ideas, such as “changes should be made in small increments, easily understood by the… more »

09/02/11

  05:58:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closed For Holiday, But Online Services Available

MedBen’s home office will be closed on Monday, September 5 to observe the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 6. Just a reminder that even when we’re closed, you can still get online customer service 24/7… more »

08/31/11

  06:05:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Employer COBRA Subsidies End Today... For Good?

Employer subsidies to former employees who qualify for COBRA coverage formally comes to an end today, Kaiser Health News reports. Congress first approved the 65% subsidy in February 2009 as part of the federal stimulus package, and extended it several… more »

08/30/11

  05:52:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Employees Willing To Pay More To Keep Health Care Benefits

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll reveals that while employees with employer-sponsored health insurance may not like rising health care costs, they would rather retain the coverage they have than lose certain benefits to pay lower premiums.… more »

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