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07/08/16

  05:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care, Compliance

ACA Preventive Care Compliance Doesn't Stop with New Recommendations

Recently, we discussed here how MedBen helps to keep self-funded, non-grandfathered plans compliant with new preventive care requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, it's not enough to just monitor new recommendations — we also… more »

06/23/16

  06:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

ACA Replacement Plan Would Cap Tax-free Employer Contributions

Some six years after the introduction of federal health care reform, House Republicans have formally unveiled a replacement for a repealed Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the plan slows the growth of… more »

06/15/16

  09:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

HHS Conducting Minimum Value Survey of Employers

As part of an "employer verification study," the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently contacting employers to determine whether they are offering an "affordable/minimum value" plan to their employees. The Self-Insurance Institute… more »

05/25/16

  05:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 497 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care

MedBen Helps to Keep Your Preventive Care Benefits Compliant

With all the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations self-funded employers have to follow, it's easy to overlook regular updates to required preventive care. But MedBen keeps a close eye on the latest recommendations so you don't have to. Under the ACA,… more »

05/13/16

  02:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 359 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

SBC Changes Affect Self-funded Plans

The federal agencies overseeing the Affordable Care Act have recently finalized changes to the existing Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template in order to improve the readability for consumers, and to expand the amount of information that the… more »

04/26/16

  10:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS, MedBen University

MedBen Access Helps Rx Customers Be Savvy Shoppers

A recent Benefits Pro article makes the case that since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, employers have been put "in the position of becoming compliance officers." And while it may be true that health care reform has loaded human resource… more »

04/21/16

  11:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings, MedBen University

MedBen University Event Focuses on Cost Control Strategies

On April 21, MedBen concluded a multi-day Indiana trip with a MedBen University (MBU) event in Lawrenceburg. Entitled "Taking Charge of Your Health Care Costs" and cosponsored by Pinnacle Advisory Group, this free seminar touched on a variety of… more »

04/06/16

  11:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 222 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

Six Years Later, Is ACA Repeal Still Realistic?

Healthcare Dive recently pondered the question, "What happens if Obamacare is repealed?" The idea of repealing the controversial Affordable Care Act is nothing new -- nearly from the get-go, members of Congress have introduced bills calling for repeal.… more »

03/28/16

  10:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

MedBen "ACA by the Numbers" Summary Available for Download

The Affordable Care Act recently celebrated the 6th anniversary of its passage. In the ensuing years, we've been subjected to a myriad of new regulations, amendments, clarifications and delays... not to mention, assorted taxes, fees and potential… more »

03/24/16

  02:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Compliance Date for SBC Changes Pushed Back

A recent U.S. Department of Labor notice gives employers until the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after April 1, 2017 to comply with upcoming regulatory changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) which they must distribute… more »

03/17/16

  05:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Study: Middle Class Will Bear Brunt of Cadillac Tax

A new study suggests that middle-class families will be hardest hit by the Affordable Care Act's unpopular "Cadillac" tax. Investors Business Daily reports the study indicates that the excise tax -- ostensively meant to discourage benefit-rich health… more »

03/02/16

  08:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

HHS Raises 2017 Out-of-Pocket Plan Maximums

Important news for employers looking ahead to 2017 benefit planning: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has raised the maximum out-of-pocket amount that health care plans can require plan members to pay next year, based on final… more »

02/26/16

  03:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 650 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Third party administration, MedBen University

First MBU of 2016 Highlights Health Care Reform

MedBen University (MBU) launched its 2016 series of benefits management seminars with a session that offered an extensive look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act. Entitled "Navigating the Health Care Reform Storm" and presented by MedBen… more »

02/18/16

  06:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Despite ACA Alternatives, Employers Prefer to Offer Health Care Coverage

The introduction of state and federal insurance marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act has not deterred most U.S. employers from offering group health care coverage, Healthcare Dive reports. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey,… more »

02/05/16

  10:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Obama Administration Proposes Change to Cadillac Tax Threshold

In hopes of salvaging the Affordable Care Act's unpopular "Cadillac" tax, President Obama will propose tweaking it as part of the 2017 federal budget, using individual health insurance marketplace plans as a new yardstick. According to Business… more »

01/29/16

  09:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 365 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Client Services

MedBen University Schedule for Spring 2016

The 2016 season of MedBen University will soon be in session! For the 15th straight year, MedBen will be offering a variety of events that provide attendees with information they can use to be smarter consumers of health care. If you’ve never had the… more »

01/25/16

  05:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Freeman, Harden Interviewed for Newark Advocate

The January 23 edition of the Newark Advocate features an interview with Medben Chairman & CEO Doug Freeman and President & COO Kurt Harden. Speaking to reporter Kent Mallett, Freeman and Harden discuss changes to the health benefits management… more »

01/15/16

  11:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 370 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Marketplace Enrollments Up, But Not All News Good

The latest open enrollment period for individuals who wish to enroll in the federal health insurance marketplace ends on January 31. According to federal officials, over 11 million people have enrolled, surpassing last year's mark as well as the 10.5… more »

01/08/16

  10:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 304 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

President Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal ACA

It's official: The president has shot down an attempt to scrap the Affordable Care Act. To the surprise of absolutely no one, President Obama today vetoed a bill to repeal the health care reform law, saying that it "would reverse the significant… more »

01/06/16

  09:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

Affordable Coverage Threshold for ALEs Higher in 2016

A reminder for the 2016 plan year: The threshold for Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) -- that is, those with 50 or more full-time employees -- to determine whether or not the contributions they charge their employees for health coverage is affordable… more »

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