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06/27/11

  11:59:28 am, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Most States Won't Make Exchange Deadline, Former HHS Head Says

A former Health and Human Services Secretary secretary thinks that most states will likely miss the 2014 deadline to establish health insurance exchanges. Speaking to Kaiser Health News, Michael O. Leavitt observed that as many state legislatives are… more »

06/24/11

  05:17:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Modifies Insurance Appeal Rules

Kaiser Health News reports that the Department of Health and Human Services will scale back health insurance appeal rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While group and individual health plan participants still maintain the right to appeal the… more »

06/22/11

  05:14:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Health Exchanges Will Suffer From Excess Regulations

A Guest Opinion piece on the Kaiser Health News website asserts that the health insurance exchanges, which are to be established under the Affordable Care Act by 2014, will have a tough go of it. Not because the idea is bad or unpopular, but because… more »
  12:22:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Show Your Doctor How Smart You Are!

CNN.com recently asked a group of physicians about things that patients do to mess up their own care. Here is a summary of their top responses – “10 dumb things you do at the doc’s office“. You talk on your cell phone. Turn… more »

06/21/11

  11:23:24 am, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

AMA Reaffirms Individual Mandate Support

The American Medical Association (AMA) has confirmed its approval of requiring most Americans to carry health insurance, though not without vocal criticism from some members, CBS News reports. At its annual meeting in Chicago, two-thirds of the House… more »

06/17/11

  02:52:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 223 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

HSAs Better Than HRAs? Not Necessarily

On his Health Policy Blog, John Goodman recently compared the advantages of HSAs and HRAs. Given that his blog masthead describes Goodman as the “Father of Health Savings Accounts", it isn’t too surprising that he comes down in favor of… more »

06/14/11

  04:54:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 275 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Going "Retail" For Child Care Not A Wise Option

In a recent KevinMD.com blog post, Roy Benaroch, MD had a few unkind words to say about retail clinics – the medical kiosks popping up in drug stores and grocery stores – that offer pediatric care: “Everyone knows that if you’re… more »
  01:14:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Health Care Spending And The Out-Of-Pocket Factor

Last week, we touched on a Washington Post article by columnist Ezra Klein. He spotlighted a graph from a Kaiser Family Foundation report which showed that the United States government spends more on health care (as a percentage of GDP) than many… more »

06/13/11

  05:04:04 pm, by MedBen5   , 253 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

HHS Waivers Raise Questions About Authority, Favoritism

A recent article in The Daily Caller claims that the Department of Health and Human Services lacks the authority to issue waivers from annual limit requirements, a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Rather, the HHS gave itself the power last… more »

06/10/11

  04:52:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Appeals Court Ponders Constitutionality Of Individual Mandate

Earlier this week, Atlanta’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration is appealing the January ruling of Federal District Judge… more »
  12:53:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House GOP Introduces Bill To Repeal Tanning Tax

Well, we now have a pretty good idea of how the “Jersey Shore” cast will vote in the next election: The Hill’s Healthcare Blog reports that 24 House Republicans have co-sponsored a bill that would repeal a 10% tax on tanning-bed… more »

06/09/11

  11:53:12 am, by MedBen5   , 301 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Realities Of Health Care Spending Offer No Simple Solutions

In a recent Washington Post piece, columnist Ezra Klein makes an interesting observation about the current state of government health care spending. Referring to a spending comparison graph from a Kaiser Family Foundation brief, he notes that when… more »

06/08/11

  05:18:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Employers Than Expected May Drop Coverage In 2014

Anywhere from one-third to one-half of employers may drop group insurance coverage when state exchanges become available in 2014, according to a McKinsey & Company survey. A Wall Street Journal op-ed says that translates to upwards of 78 million… more »

06/06/11

  05:32:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDC: Many People With Vision Problems Not Seeking Eye Care

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that many people with vision problems don’t visit eye doctors regularly, WebMD reports. Between 2006 and 2008, CDC surveyed 11,503 adults aged 40 and over with moderate-to-severe… more »
  12:07:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Doctor Says Regulation Reform Is What's Really Needed

On the MedCity News website, Dr. Westby G. Fisher voices his concern regarding a recent letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal from Nancy A. Nord, Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ms. Nord responded to a WSJ op-ed from… more »

06/03/11

  10:41:32 am, by MedBen5   , 170 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Administration Revises High-Risk Insurance Guidelines

The federal government could lower premiums on high-risk insurance plans by as much as 40%, The Los Angeles Times reports. A provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to provide coverage to uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions,… more »

06/02/11

  05:39:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDHP Study Reveals Surprising Demographic Preferences

The Employee Benefit Research Institute recently examined the characteristics of consumer-driven health plan participants compared to those with traditional health coverage. You can read the institute’s findings in the May edition of their Notes… more »

05/25/11

  04:29:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Survey Spotlights Employer Thoughts On Health Care Plans

The crew at Price Waterhouse Coopers has apparently been busy these days. Last week, the consulting firm reported that employers can expect average health care cost increases of 8.5% in 2012. This month also saw the release of PWC’s 2011 Health… more »

05/24/11

  02:04:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 314 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Rolling Out Online Medical Provider Portal

MedBen clients and their plan members already have the ability to check claims and benefits online. Now, our network of medical providers can avail themselves of the same convenience by logging on to the MedBen Access website. Using the… more »
  12:15:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Reform Notes: Government Compromise And Authority

There are no big news stories on the health care reform radar at the moment, but a couple of related items peaked our interest: Several top congressional Republican have bandied about the “C’ word – compromise – in regard to… more »

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