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06/24/14

  05:36:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 329 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Care Reform

E-cigarette Popularity Clouding Up Wellness Reward Decisions

Employee Benefits News asks the question, “Where do e-cigarettes fit into an ACA-compliant wellness program?“ According to the final regulations of the Affordable Care Act, an employer can reward up to 50% of the cost of health insurance… more »

06/19/14

  10:07:15 am, by MedBen5   , 261 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

Rise In Million-Dollar Claims Emphasizes Need For Smart Benefits Management

Occurrences of million-dollar medical claims are still comparatively small, but their numbers of late have grown considerably – another reason it pays for your business to take advantage of the sound health benefits management offered by MedBen.… more »

05/27/14

  04:25:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

IRS Ruling Punishes Employers That Drop Employees Into Exchanges

Employers that are entertaining the idea of dropping their group health coverage in favor of the health insurance exchanges may have to rethink their plans, or be prepared to pay a substantial fine. The New York Times reports that the IRS has imposed a… more »

05/16/14

  10:58:39 am, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

For Spousal Coverage Limits, MedBen's Ahead Of The Curve

Long the subject of debate, the use of spousal coverage limits to control group health care costs has gained traction in recent months. But at MedBen, we’ve encouraged employers to adopt this money-saving option for some time now. According to… more »

05/12/14

  12:54:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

New Paper Argues For Elimination Of Employer Mandate

“Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?” asks a new research paper by the Urban Institute. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Institute – a think tank whose research often carries weight with supporters of the Affordable… more »

05/01/14

  02:25:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 280 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Self-funding An Effective Hedge Against ACA Taxes

When employers consider making the switch from traditional health insurance to self-funded coverage, MedBen emphasizes the regulatory freedom self-funding offers. And we’re not just talking about less red tape here… there’s a inherent… more »

04/25/14

  04:07:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform

MedBen Offers Clients ACA Transition Relief Summary

Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced a delay in the enforcement of the employer mandate. Originally scheduled to take effect January 2014, the Affordable Care Act rule that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health… more »

04/24/14

  09:08:45 am, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Public Approval Of Birth Control Mandate Only Part Of The Story

A University of Michigan study has made headlines for its finding that most Americans support mandated coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act. Less publicized – though no less noteworthy – is the fact that respondents… more »

04/15/14

  04:38:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Offers Clients Transitional Reinsurance and PCORI Fee Services

In order to help its self-funded clients properly calculate and file their 2014 Transitional Reinsurance (TR) and PCORI Fees as required under the Affordable Care Act, MedBen offers a variety of services at multiple price points. Our services range from… more »

04/09/14

  04:59:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Review Of Exchange Rx Claims Finds High Specialty Drug Use

A review of prescription claims data from early enrollees to the health insurance exchanges suggest that healthier uninsureds didn’t race to sign up. According to Kaiser Health News, individuals who got coverage from federal and state marketplaces… more »

04/08/14

  04:27:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

More Fully-Insured Employers Exploring MedBen Self-Funding Solutions

As more health care reform rules have taken effect, MedBen has seen a spike in the number of fully-insured employer groups that want to know if self-funding would work for them. More often than not, the answer is “yes", even for midsize and… more »

04/02/14

  04:56:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 358 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

End Of Exchange Enrollment Leaves Unanswered Questions

Now that the enrollment period is over for the health insurance exchanges, The Wall Street Journal ponders five questions that, when (if?) answered, should give a better idea of just how well government-directed health care is working: 1. How many of… more »

03/26/14

  02:44:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Obamacare Coverage Numbers Fail To Impress So Far

A review of the coverage numbers under four years of the Affordable Care Act yield some rather underwhelming results. From Wynton Hall of the Breitbart News Network: “According to CNBC, of the 5 million people the Obama administration claims have… more »

03/25/14

  11:56:17 am, by MedBen5   , 266 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Reporting Tools Help Employers Develop Smart Benefit Strategies

The current state of health care reform has created no small measure of uncertainty among self-funded employer groups… and an unprecedented need to understand how benefit and population changes will affect their bottom line. To meet this need,… more »

03/20/14

  04:31:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Birth Control Mandate Critics About To Get Day In Court

On March 25, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the question of whether or not employers should be required to cover contraceptives even if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. The hearing marks the latest (and final?)… more »

03/18/14

  04:15:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 525 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

MedBen Government Roundtable Highlights Savings Solutions

Money-saving strategies took center stage at MedBen’s 8th Annual Government Employer Roundtable held on March 18. Municipalities whose benefits are administered by MedBen got to see how their plan performed in comparison to other municipal… more »

03/14/14

  10:01:02 am, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

The Self-funded Difference

“Now more than ever, it pays to self-fund.” It’s a claim MedBen has made in advertisements and to prospective clients a lot lately. But what does it really mean to an employer that still offers traditional health coverage? Under the… more »

03/13/14

  12:32:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Employers Can Pay Reinsurance Tax In Two Installments, Says HHS

Businesses have gotten a break of sorts from the Affordable Care Act’s Transitional Reinsurance Tax. Business Insurance reports that rather than paying the fee in a lump sum, the Department of Health and Human Services will allow employers to make… more »

03/04/14

  05:26:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 463 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Wellness, "Own Use" Rx Emphasized At MedBen Hospital Roundtable

Earlier today, MedBen clients and non-clients turned out for the company’s 12th Annual Hospital Employer Roundtable at the Morrow Conference Center in Newark, Ohio. Members of the MedBen team offered their insights on the current state of health… more »

02/25/14

  03:50:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 261 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Community Rating May Raise Premiums For Most Small Business Employees, Says CMS Report

A new report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that the Affordable Care Act may lower rates for 6 million small business employees… but raise rates for 11 million others. According to The Washington Post, the report… more »

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