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04/21/11

  05:29:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 266 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Relax... It's Just The Dentist!

If you’ve been around long enough, then you know that dental care nowadays is a more pleasant prospect than it was way back when. But that doesn’t mean there still aren’t plenty of people who still panic at the thought of “the… more »

04/20/11

  04:32:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Healthy Behaviors At The Heart Of Medical Cost Savings

A recent USA Today article examines the idea of promoting healthy behavior as a means to control health care costs. One-quarter of Americans can trace their health problems to smoking, overeating, not getting enough exercise and other personal habits.… more »

04/19/11

  03:27:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Study: HDHP Usage Not Affected By Low Income, Chronic Conditions

People with low incomes or chronic conditions insured under high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) seek medical care at a similar rate as other people enrolled in such plans, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The nonprofit research organization… more »

04/18/11

  04:20:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 265 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Claims Savings, Healh Care Reform Among MBU Topics

Lawrenceburg, Indiana hosted the first MedBen University (MBU) of 2011, on April 13. Co-sponsored by Pinnacle Advisory Group, the seminar covered two timely topics, employer cost savings and federal reform, with the goal of helping attendees to make… more »
  12:55:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Takes No Action On Health Reform Law

The State of Virginia has asked the Supreme Court to speed up a ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, but the judicial body has taken no action on the request, Reuters reports (via Yahoo! News). If the Supreme Court were to rule… more »

04/15/11

  12:26:16 pm, by MedBen5   , 167 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

President Repeals 1099 Provision From Health Reform Law

The first major cut from the Affordable Care Act is in the books. President Obama has signed a bill repealing the 1099 tax-reporting provision from the health care reform law, Bloomberg reports. Business groups vehemently pushed for the removal of the… more »

04/14/11

  01:07:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Reform News: House Votes Down Public Health Fund

A House vote and and dwindling public support top our health care reform news today: The Hill website reports that the House has voted 236-183 to eliminate the $18 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund provision from the Affordable Care Act… more »

04/13/11

  04:01:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 163 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Reform Initiative Seeks To Reduce Medical Errors

President Obama has announced a new campaign – no, not THAT campaign. This one’s a broad initiative aimed at cutting hospital-acquired infections and other preventable conditions by 40% over the next three years, the Los Angeles Times… more »

04/12/11

  10:09:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 163 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Americans Happy With Personal Health Care, Unhappy With "The System"

Many Americans don’t have a very high opinion of the health care system – but ask them about their own experiences with the medical community, and their attitude improves considerably. That’s the results of a new poll from the Robert… more »

04/08/11

  01:55:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Releases Interim Guidelines For Health Insurance W-2 Reporting

The Internal Revenue Service recently released interim employer guidelines for informational reporting of employer-sponsored health plans. Beginning in calendar year 2013 (tax year 2012), the Affordable Care Act will require certain employers to report… more »

04/06/11

  12:02:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 175 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Repeal of 1099 Reform Provision Headed To White House

The Affordable Care Act appears primed for a small but significant change. The Washington Post reports that the Senate has approved, by an 87-to-12 vote, a repeal of the health care reform law’s 1099 tax-reporting provision, which would have… more »

03/30/11

  05:31:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 215 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

GAO Compiles Alternatives To Individual Mandate

The mandate that would require individuals without medical coverage to buy health insurance beginning in 2014 is unquestionably the most controversial aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Two federal judges have declared the provision… more »

03/28/11

  09:55:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 169 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Bill Would Let FSA Members Retrieve Unused Funds

A flexible spending account (FSA) is a great way to pay for medical expenditures using pretax dollars, but the inability to roll over remaining funds from year to year means that participants have to be careful about their annual contribution. Now,… more »

03/25/11

  12:03:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Care Reform, One Year Later

This week marks the first anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – so if you see any parades around your neighborhood this weekend, you’ll know why. (Just kidding.) But as the initial provisions… more »

03/23/11

  06:12:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Wellness Partner Named Award Finalist

AWAC, a MedBen partner in the administration of iHealth Worksite Wellness and cost containment services, has been named a Finalist in the categories of Wellness/Prevention and Overall Case Management in the second annual Case In Point Platinum Awards.… more »

03/21/11

  05:44:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 335 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Extends Grace Period For Appeals Procedures Implementation

The Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the enforcement grace period for implementation of new appeals procedures under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a DOL technical release (which you can read here). The date for non-grandfathered… more »

03/16/11

  03:30:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Resolution Puts Reform-Minded Democrats On The Offensive

A flurry of legislation activity by Republican members of Congress have put Democrats on their heels a bit this year. But a new amendment suggests that Democrats may have finally realized that the best defense is a good offense. The Hill website… more »

03/14/11

  09:53:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Reform Simmers While Congress Shifts Focus

There hasn’t been much talk of health care reform on Capitol Hill these days as other issues have taken priority. But there’s still a couple of rather important matters bubbling under the surface, so just to keep you up to speed…… more »

03/11/11

  05:44:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

OTC Reform Provision Irritates Consumers, Inconveniences Doctors

A Wall Street Journal article examines some of the less desirous effects of health care reform. The piece focuses on the fallout from the Affordable Care Act provision that excludes over-the-counter drugs as an approved flexible spending account… more »

03/10/11

  05:55:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 171 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Maine Gets Health Care Reform Waiver

There’s a whole lotta waiverin’ going on in the federal government these days. Over 1,000 organizations have been granted waivers that temporarily exclude them from meeting mandated coverage limits since last September. And now a whole state… more »

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