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07/17/15

  08:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Provider Networks

Provider Choice Or Lower Costs? Why Not Both?

Provider choice is significantly more limited for individualsl covered through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, Modern Healthcare reports: "A report released Wednesday by consulting research firm Avalere Health found that plans offered through… more »

07/13/15

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

New Rules Aim To Address Religious Objections To Birth Control Mandate

Last week, the Obama administration released new rules in hopes of putting to rest a hot-button issue under health care reform -- the requirement that employers must provide free contraceptive coverage to female employees. Under this latest proposal,… more »

07/01/15

  08:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 252 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting

PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

July 31 is not only the anniversary of the creation of the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, it is also the date that the Department’s successor – Health and Human Services – set as the Affordable Care Act's PCORI Fee filing date. No… more »

06/26/15

  07:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 358 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Politicians, Pundits React To Obamacare Ruling

Whenever the Supreme Court rules on a high-profile care, it invariably generates a flood of responses from politicians and pundits alike. And while yesterday's decision to allow health insurance subsidies nationwide essentially maintained the status… more »

06/25/15

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld, by a 6-3 vote, the nationwide tax subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act. The decision means that the subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance will remain available in… more »

06/22/15

  11:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform

Benefits Group Calls For Withdrawal Of Embedded Maximum Rule

Several weeks ago, we posted an article about a new Affordable Care Act regulation that would apply an "embedded" maximum out-of-pocket limit on individuals enrolled in family coverage. The rule, which applied to non-grandfathered fully-insured and… more »

06/11/15

  04:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 379 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings

Embedded Maximum Requirement May Necessitate Plan Changes

On May 26, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released a clarification as to whether or not self-funded health care plans are subject to a new Affordable Care Act regulation regarding family out-of-pocket costs. The short… more »

06/05/15

  09:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Care Reform

Task Force Adds New Services To Free Preventive Care List

Two new preventive health services have been added to the no-cost coverage list, Kaiser News reports. Enforcement of the recommendations will take effect in 2016. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended Hepatitis B screening for… more »

06/02/15

  06:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

Despite Majority, GOP Repeal Of Obamacare Highly Unlikely

If you're wondering why the Republican-led houses of Congress haven't yet made a full-court press to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rachael Bade and Jennifer Haberkorn explain the reasons behind the delay: "Repealing the law 'root and branch' is… more »

05/26/15

  04:16:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, Consumer-driven Health Plans

Cadillac Tax An Unnecessary Employer "Incentive"

A Business Insurance editorial calls on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax, which will penalize group health care plans premiums that exceed $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family coverage: "One justification for… more »

05/18/15

  04:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 131 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Employers Will Continue To Offer Health Care Coverage In 2016, Survey Finds

Apparently, Obamacare has not given employers sufficient confidence to release their employees into the wilds of the public insurance marketplace. According to a new survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 98.2% of benefit… more »

05/05/15

  03:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform

ERs See Jump In Visits Since ACA Rollout

Obamacare problems, continued... Straight on the heels of last week's report that multiple states are having difficulty financing their insurance marketplaces, Monday saw the release of a poll showing a spike in emergency room visits since the… more »

05/01/15

  04:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 130 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Many State Insurance Marketplaces Short On Funds

"Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially," reports the Washington Post today. Uncooperative technology and expensive customer-call centers… more »

04/28/15

  03:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

DOL Releases 2015 ACA Report to Congress On Self-funded Plans

It may not be riveting reading, but the DOL's latest report to Congress regarding the state of self-funded plans in still important. As you may recall, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the Department of Labor to report general information on… more »

04/09/15

  11:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

Obamacare To Cost $800 Billion In Taxes Over 10 Years

There's a well-known adage that goes, "To make money, you have to spend money. And based on the level of taxing under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration apparently has similar adage: "To save Americans money, you have to spend Americans'… more »

04/03/15

  04:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 280 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

DOL Final Regulations Change Definition of Spouse Under FMLA

On March 27, 2015, the United States Department of Labor’s rules amending the Family and Medical Leave Act’s regulatory definition of spouse became effective. Now, an eligible employee in a legal same-sex marriage will be able to take FMLA leave to care… more »

04/01/15

  08:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 132 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Ohio Lowers Dependent Age Requirement for Self-funded Public Plans

Good news for Ohio public employers: Effective March 23, 2015, Ohio revised its dependent age requirement for self-funded public group plans. In effect, the change removes the extension of coverage required by these plan sponsors from “up to age 28” to… more »

03/23/15

  09:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 507 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Obamacare Celebrates the Big 0-5

Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday when President Obama and members of Congress were squabbling about the best way to ensure that all Americans had access to comprehensive and affordable health care coverage. And now here we are, five… more »

03/16/15

  10:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

PCORI Meeting Its Goals, Government Accountability Office Reports

Remember the “PCORI fee," the annual charge all self-funded group health plans must pay to cover the cost of research to improve the delivery of medical care? According to the Government Accountability Office, your tax dollars have so far been properly… more »

03/12/15

  08:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 748 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting, Cost savings

MedBen University Roundtables Offer Industry Insights, Timely Advice

At MedBen, we are dedicated to giving our clients the information they need to make smart benefits management decision, in part through a variety of education session through MedBen University (MBU). In addition to presentations on such topics as… more »

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