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  03:40:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Target Data Breach May Delay FSA Debit Card Delivery

If you’re expecting a new MedBen debit card for use with your flexible spending account but have yet to receive it, chances are good you’ll getting it any day now. We’ve been notified that the mailing of some cards was slightly… more »


  04:15:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Wellness Plays A Major Role In Declining Cancer Death Rates, Study Finds

Better prevention, screening and treatment are primary factors for a multi-decade drop in cancer deaths, finds new research from the American Cancer Society. According to HealthDay News, the overall risk of dying from cancer has fallen 20% over the… more »


  02:27:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Solutions Help Employers Beat Even Low Trends

Final numbers are in for 2012 health care costs, and as expected, the results are good. But MedBen solutions take “good” trends one better. The New York Times reports that national health spending increased just 3.7% in 2012 to $2.8… more »


  05:48:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

A New Year's Resolution For Midsize Businesses

Now that the holiday festivities are over, the reality of new and costly health care reform rules begins to sink in, particularly for midsize employers. Fortunately, MedBen has a cure for your bureaucratic hangovers: self-funding. As USA Today notes,… more »


  10:21:15 am, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

A Note From Our Chairman

To our customers, consultants and brokers: On behalf of all of the entire MedBen staff, Kurt Harden and I want to wish you a Happy New Year! I don’t have to tell you that this has been a challenging year from an employee benefit plan perspective. But I… more »


  10:00:08 am, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Taxes

Last Call For 2013 FSA Purchases!

Warning to health FSA participants: You are officially on the clock! Depending on when you read this – and whether or not your employer offers a grace period or allows you to carry over funds – you have less than two days to use the… more »


  11:33:38 am, by MedBen5   , 287 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Self-funding Keeps Health Plan Control With Employers

Self-funding your health care plan not only saves employers money – it enables you to provide a custom benefits package that appeals to current and prospective employees alike. And for workers, that’s an important consideration. The 2013… more »


  08:00:00 am, by MedBen5   , 178 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

We’ll Be Home For Christmas… But Not MedBen Access

MedBen will close at Noon on Tuesday, December 24, remain closed on Christmas Day, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 26. For the New Year’s holiday, we will be open regular hours on Tuesday, December 31, closed on Wednesday, January 1, and… more »


  03:53:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Guidelines Issued For Same-Sex Spousal Coverage Under FSAs and HSAs

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year, the IRS has issued additional guidance regarding same-sex spousal coverage under cafeteria plans and health savings accounts. Accounting Today reports.… more »


  11:07:32 am, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen FSA Debit Cards Increase Participation, User Convenience

If your group health plan offers flexible spending accounts and you want to increase participation, MedBen recommends that you consider offering a debit card linked to your Health FSA plan. The MedBen Visa “Benny” debit card allows FSA… more »


  05:02:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Upholds "Reasonable" Statute Of Limitations For Disability Claim Appeal

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that statute of limitation periods written into plan documents are valid, as long as those periods are “reasonable.” But as Employee Benefit News notes, the court declined to define “reasonable.” The plaintiff… more »


  05:26:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Benefits Management Helps Employers Find Financal "Balance"

At MedBen, one of our foremost duties is helping employers strike a suitable balance between their employees’ premiums and deductible and out-of-pocket costs. Key to this is giving plan members sufficient incentive to be fiscally responsible about… more »


  02:33:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Taxes

MedBen Offers Clients W-2 Reporting Options

To help clients determine the value of health care coverage to be reported on their employees’ W-2 Forms, this year MedBen will offer two different reporting information options: A basic eligibility report or a full W-2 report. Basic… more »


  04:34:46 pm, by kthran   , 441 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen-managed Medical Costs Well Below National, Regional Trends

Health care cost increases for self-funded employers managed by MedBen are coming in well under national and regional trends – and in some cases, are even decreasing. According to Columbus Business First Mercer survey found that benefits costs for… more »


  02:35:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 283 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen's Closed For Thanksgiving, But Online Services Stay Open

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of MedBen! We hope that you and your family have a safe and relaxing holiday. To observe the holiday, MedBen will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday,… more »


  10:12:18 am, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Have You Used All Your FSA Funds Yet?

Can you believe we’re less than six weeks away from 2014? For flexible spending account (FSA) plan members, the end of the year often means a mad scramble to use up remaining funds from their accounts… though a recent rule may change that.… more »


  10:35:21 am, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Saves Money For Employers In Licking County (And Everywhere Else)

Earlier this year, MedBen celebrated its 75th anniversary. A key to our longevity is the unwavering support of businesses in Licking County, Ohio – where our business was founded in 1938, and where we’re proud to still call home today.… more »


  04:22:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 452 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Self-funded Employers And Their Brokers Must Sign Business Associate Agreement

As hard as it is to focus on anything other than health care reform, another change in the law requires the attention of self-funded employers and their brokers before year’s end. In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services… more »


  04:52:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 437 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen FSA Re-enrollment Reminders

Last week, we highlighted several end-of-year reminders to MedBen HRA clients. Below, we do the same for clients that offer flexible spending account (FSA) plans: Enrollment Deadlines: Per IRS regulations, enrollment in the 2014 FSA Plan must be… more »


  04:39:31 pm, by kthran   , 312 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen HRA Re-enrollment Reminders

Last month, MedBen mailed important information about the re-enrollment process to clients that offer health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) plans. As a reminder, we highlight some of that information below: Enrollment Deadlines: In order to ensure a… more »

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