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07/02/10

  12:49:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Rolls Out New Reform Programs -- And A New Tanning Tax

With relatively little fanfare, several provisions of the health care reform bill took effect on July 1: High-risk insurance pools are now available nationwide, either from the federal government or one of 30 states that offer their own programs.… more »

07/01/10

  10:04:55 am, by MedBen5   , 178 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Health Care Reform Presentation Subject of Newspaper Article

MedBen Vice President of Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer Caroline Fraker recently spoke about health care reform to area business members at a luncheon sponsored by the Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The event was covered by The… more »

06/28/10

  09:01:22 am, by MedBen5   , 127 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Medicare Reimbursement Cut Delayed Again

A 21% cut in Medicare physician reimbursements has once again been put on hold. President Obama signed a bill on June 25 postponing the rate reduction for six more months, instead giving doctors a pay bump of 2.2%. The oft-delayed reimbursement cut… more »

06/24/10

  12:59:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Report Highlights the Employer Health Plan "Road"

Consulting firm Hewitt Associates has released The Road Ahead: Under Construction With Increasing Tolls, a report highlighting both short- and long-term trends of employer-sponsored health plans. Based on a survey of nearly 600 employer plans… more »

06/22/10

  12:02:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Subsidies In Limbo -- And No Less Confusing

While the future of COBRA subsidies remains uncertain – employer contributions to new COBRA recipients ended on May 31, and while Congress has made efforts to continue the subsidy, no bill appears near passage – the need to properly… more »

06/11/10

  03:52:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Offers Four Health Care Reform Presentations in July

Since April, MedBen has been meeting with employers throughout the Midwest to speak on the topic, “Health Reform: What Employers Need to Know". In July, we will embark on a special four-state tour to discuss the immediate and long-term effects of… more »

06/10/10

  05:34:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Survey Reveals Mixed Feelings About Health Care Reform

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions has released an interesting study that offers a snapshot of consumer attitudes following the passage of health care reform legislation. Conducted in May 2010, “Post Health Care Reform Perceptions: Consumer… more »

06/08/10

  06:10:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Claims Surveillance Technology Continues to Spot Savings Potential

MedBen’s advanced claims survelliance system continues to find opportunities for client savings. As of May 31, cumulative savings since September 2007 have exceeded $15.6 million. For the first five months of 2010, savings have averaged more than… more »

06/03/10

  12:33:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 619 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen Reform Q&A: Dependent Eligibility

MedBen recently introduced a dedicated e-mail address for clients to send their questions about the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Reconciliation Act, at healthreformquestions@medben.com. Periodically,… more »

06/01/10

  12:28:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Update: Subsidy Program Not Extended (Yet)

Once again, a deadline for extending COBRA employer subsidies has arrived – and once again, Congress will miss it. Business Insurance reports that the Senate did not take up the matter of a short-term subsidy extension before adjourning for its… more »

05/27/10

  10:49:17 am, by MedBen5   , 124 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MBU Health Reform Seminar Sets Attendance Record

Since the March passage of health reform legislation, MedBen University (MBU) has traveled the Midwest conducting seminars that summarize the legislation (all 2,000+ pages of it) and discuss its impact on employer health plans. The May 26 seminar in… more »

05/26/10

  03:29:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 157 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Dependent Eligibility Summary Available to MedBen Clients

“Effective as of the first plan year on or after September 23, 2010, a group health plan, including a grandfathered plan, is required to make coverage available under the plan to all dependent adult children, including those children who are… more »

05/13/10

  05:44:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Nears Startup

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) mandates that the federal government provide a temporary reinsurance program through which plan sponsors may be reimbursed for certain early retiree claims costs paid by the plan. The… more »

05/12/10

  01:28:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Dental Coverage Following Health Reform Still A Question Mark

Dental benefits get little mention in both the Patient Protection Act and Reconcilation Act, according to an article in Employee Benefit News. MedBen Vice President of Caroline Fraker concurs that the dental language in the health reform act is sparse:… more »

05/11/10

  01:19:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Health Reform Q&A: Annual Cap Limit Removals

Last month, MedBen established a dedicated e-mail address for clients to send their questions about the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Reconciliation Act, at healthreformquestions@medben.com.… more »

05/07/10

  10:47:08 am, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: Discounts, Health Plan Management

Shopping for a Doctor the Smart Way

In the market for a GP? Take a look at this blog entry, written by a family physician, that suggests what to look for when choosing a new primary care doctor. Board certification, high marks on his or her “report card on quality", and a cordial… more »

05/06/10

  01:20:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 150 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Early Retirement Reinsurance Regulations Issued

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued regulations establishing the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program in the Affordable Care Act. This temporary program is designed to make it easier for employers to provide… more »

05/04/10

  01:47:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 81 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Health Reform Provision Overview Now Available to Registered MedBen Clients

MedBen has reviewed and summarized its observations on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act (“HCEARA”). Our Overview of Key Provisions is now available on the Plan… more »

04/28/10

  06:29:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 178 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Reform Measure Places Limits on CDHP Purchasing Power

One more important new regulation that MedBen will discuss at upcoming health reform seminars: Effective January 1, 2011, over-the-counter medications and drugs (except insulin) purchases made through an FSA, HRA or HSA cannot be reimbursed without a… more »

04/21/10

  03:44:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 364 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Is Your Health Plan "Grandfathered"?

The topic of “grandfathered” plans and their relation to new health reform laws generated a good deal of discussion at MedBen’s recent Hospital Roundtable. How does a group determine if their plan is grandfathered, and exactly what… more »

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