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05/17/11

  10:43:58 am, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study Links Obesity To Prostate Cancer Spread

There’s yet another good reason for males to pay a little more attention to their waist size. In a new study, researchers found that obese and overweight men greatly increased their risk of prostate cancer spreading.

WebMD reports that overweight men were three times more likely to have their prostate cancer spread, while obese men were five times more likely. The researchers’ conclusions are consistent with earlier studies that demonstrated a link between excess weight and poorer outcomes in prostate cancer patients.

The research team tracked 287 men whose prostate gland was removed following the cancer diagnosis, and who then received androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to reduce testosterone levels, which can fuel prostate cancer growth. Subjects with a lower body mass index were more likely to see a slower cancer spread from the ADT than heavier subjects.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in 2010. and about 32,000 men died of the disease last year.

05/13/11

  04:44:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 266 words,  
Categories: Prescription

Painkiller Studies Emphasize Need For Professional Rx Guidance

Is online availability of prescription medicines contributing to rising drug abuse? That’s the hypothesis posed in a Health Affairs study, which shows that from the years 1997 to 2007, admissions to drug abuse treatment facilities increased 1% for every 10% bump in high-speed Internet availability.

In a blog posting on the study, Time.com observes that in survey data, only 0.1% of painkiller abusers say that they get their drug over the Internet. But such surveys focus more on misusers who get their drugs from friends or family, rather than outright addicts. And as the National Drug Intelligence Center at the Department of Justice notes, drug dealers can and do purchase large quantities of prescription opoids from illegal online pharmacies, thus providing an indirect connection between the Internet and the user.

The Health Affairs research follows on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study (reported on the Medical Xpress website) that found more than 78,000 ER visits per year can be linked to acetaminophen, the active ingredient in many prescription as well as over-the-counter painkillers. And as we highlighted on this blog last week, a great deal of drug misuse stems from a lack of knowledge about the dangers of excessive acetaminophen usage.

Between the ease of online purchasing and a greater accessibility to powerful medications, patients are more likely nowadays to serve as their own gatekeepers when taking painkillers. But when you have a need to use such drugs on a frequent basis, the best solution is to consult with your primary care physician and follow a prescription program that offers relief without jeopardizing your overall health.

  03:22:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Separating Sunscreen Myths From Reality

Here in the Midwest, we’re finally seeing a spell of warm weather… and only two months into spring, no less! But for us fair-skinned types – and really, anyone who wants to take steps to guard against skin cancer – it’s time to get proactive about lathering on the sunscreen.

WebMD explores the veracity of some common sunscreen wisdom. We’ll give you a synposis here, but you can find the full version on their website.

  1. The higher the SPF, the better the protection. FALSE. The benefits of a higher sun protection factor is minimal – applying lotion properly is more important. For best results, apply a ping-pong ball sized glob of suncreen on your body 30 minutes before going outdoors, and every two hours to exposed skin after that. And apply a dollop the size of a silver dollar to your face every day, regardless of the weather.
  2. It’s OK to use last year’s bottle of SPF. TRUE. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of about two years.
  3. Sunscreen only needs to be applied to exposed skin. FALSE. It is much safer to apply sunscreen to your entire body before you get dressed.
  4. Using makeup with SPF is just like wearing regular facial sunscreen. FALSE. It’s better than nothing, but not as effective as wearing a facial lotion with sunscreen underneath.
  5. Sunscreen can cause cancer. FALSE. The only way sunscreen could be hazardous to your health is if it is absorbed into the body, which does not happen.
  6. “Waterproof” sunscreen doesn’t need to be reapplied after swimming. FALSE. “Water resistant” is not the same thing as “waterproof".
  7. Wearing sunscreen can lead to vitamin D deficiency. FALSE. Enough sun gets through the sunscreen to ensure you plenty of vitamin D.
  8. Sunscreen with antioxidants provides better UVA/UVB protection. TRUE. While not active suncreen ingredients, antioxidants are great SPF supplements.

05/12/11

  05:36:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

AMA President On Health Insurance And Individual Responsibility

KevinMD.com features a guest column by American Medical Association President Cecil B. Wilson, who writes about the importance of responsibility when it comes to health insurance – for the individuals who do and don’t have it, as well as for the private and public entities that coordinate it:

“The American Medical Association (AMA) has long supported individual responsibility to purchase health insurance for those who can afford it and subsidies for those who can’t to help remedy this situation. The AMA established policy on individual responsibility in 2006 and reaffirmed it in 2010. This policy does not dictate what specific type of health insurance needs to be purchased, nor from whom it must be purchased. It must contain, at a minimum, coverage for catastrophic and preventive services, and subsidies should be provided to help with the purchase of insurance for those who need them. The AMA has advocated that a high-deductible health insurance plan, in conjunction with a health savings account, could be an option for some individuals and families.”

Mr. Wilson also touches on the Affordable Care Act, which he notes can only work properly through increased individual participation in the health insurance market. You can read his complete comments here.

  05:10:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Over One-Third Of Doctor's Offices Now E-Prescribe

The era of handing the pharmacist a seemingly illegible presecription may soon come to a close. Medscape Medical News reports that an etimated 36% of office-based physicians were transmitting theur prescriptions electronically in 2010 – a jump of 10% from just one year before.

Surescripts, a pharmacy-industry group that promotes e-prescribing, says that nearly 50% of family physicians, internists, and cardiovascular specialists electronically prescribe, tops among medical professionals. In total, about 190,000 physicians e-prescribed in 2010 – and when nurse practitioners and physician assistants are added to the mix, the number goes to 234,000.

As of the end of 2010, about 1 in 4 prescriptions reach their destination electronically. In just one year, the number of new e-prescriptions and replies to renewal requests rose 72%, from 190 million in 2009 to more than 326 million in 2010.

In its 2010 Annual Report, Surescripts attributes the increase in e-prescribing to federal programs that reward Medicare and Medicaid bonuses to physicians who use approved software or demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic health record (EHR) system.

05/11/11

  05:55:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 164 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Nine States Want Medical Loss Ratio Requirement Reduced

NPR reports that nine states have asked the federal government to waive the requirement that insurers spend at least 80% of their premiums on medical care or give rebates to individual policyholders.

Under current Affordable Care Act guidelines, insurers in Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Dakota will owe about $95 million in consumer rebates this year. Regulators in those states say that some insurance carriers cannot make the proper administrative adjustments in time, and as a result may choose to exit the market entirely – potentially leaving their insureds without viable coverage alternatives.

Consumer watchdogs argue that most insurers should reach the threshold and waiving the requirement will only serve to deny customers their expected premium refunds.

Precendent has already been established in this matter: Maine received an adjustment in March, lowering the spending requirement to 65% during the next three years.

Most health plans already meet the 80% medical loss ratio requirement. Self-insured plans are not affected by the ACA provision.

  04:57:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Workplace Harmony May Contribute To Longer Lives

Sure, your fellow employees can drive you up a tree sometimes. But if you can somehow find a way to keep your work relationships on an even keel, not only it you make the workday more tolerable, it may give you more time down the road to enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

A Tel Aviv University study published by the American Psychological Association says that a good peer support system at work can contribute to a longer life, according to Medical News Today – particularly among people between the ages of 38 and 43. Curiously, support from higher-ups does nor appear to affect mortality (though it’s probably still a good idea to be supportive, bosses!).

Another finding from the study sample population, both interesting and troubling: Men in positions of authority at work appear to benefit with longer lifespans, but women with control and decision authority have an increased risk of mortality. The lead researcher, Arie Shirom, PhD, did note that as most of the participants were blue-collar workers, higher levels of control were found in jobs typically held by men.

In making their conclusions, researchers looked at medical records of over 800 adults over a 20-year period, and participants completed questionnaires that measured job demands, control at work and peer and supervisor support. Partipants who reported working with helpful and friendly co-workers were considered to have high peer support.

05/10/11

  05:28:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

MedBen Among Attendees at Fisher-Titus Health Fair

FTMC Health Fair

MedBen was among the organizations in attendance at the 1st Annual Fisher-Titus Medical Center (FTMC) Employee Health Fair in Norwalk, Ohio on Tuesday, May 10. Headed by FTMC Vice President of Human Resources Phil Annarino and Benefits Coordinator Louise O’Dell, and open to hospital employees and volunteers, the fair offered information and advice from a wide variety of health care industry experts.

Group Service Representative (GSR) Darcie Waddell worked the MedBen booth, and was available to assist FTMC staffers with their wellness and other questions. MedBen also provided wellness statistics for the FTMC population, including the percentage of workers at risk for hypertension, asthma, cholesterol and other chronic conditions, and staff compliance with various preventive tests.

FTMC Health Fair

Face-to-face employee communication is just one part of the services provided to MedBen clients. Whether it be related to worksite wellness, health plan usage or participant enrollment, our GSRs and other team members are more than happy to meet at your office or external company function.

To set up an onsite meeting with MedBen employees, current clients are welcome to get in touch with their one of their GSRs. If you’re in the market for health insurance or third-party administration, we invite you to contact MedBen Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Fargus at (888) 627-8683.

  04:14:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Twin Bills Propose National Single-Payer Health Care System

Republicans have been pretty busy these days introducing – and in the House, passing – bills to change the face of federal health care reform. So you can’t really blame those on the other side of the aisle for wanting to get in on the excitement.

Earlier today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced the American Health Security Act of 2011– twin bills that would establish a single-payer health care system. According to The Hill, the bill would “establish state-based programs to administer coverage and set payment rates for providers” – and in doing so, would replace Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and insurance exchanges established last year under the Affordable Care Act.

The new system would be funded under current reform measures as well as a series of tax increases on businesses and individuals.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association released a statement supporting the measure and praising Sanders and McDermott. Massachusetts, of course, already has a single-payer system in place – one currently beset with long waiting periods to see a doctor and steadily rising costs.

  03:25:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Many Patients Receive Excessive Colon Cancer Screenings: Study

Yesterday on this blog, we touched on the question of how early and often women should receive mammograms. Today, we look at the other side of the equation, albeit regarding a different test – patients who get colorectal cancer screenings more often than guidelines recommend.

The Associated Press reports that in a University of Texas study, nearly half of the subjects received a colonoscopy less than seven years after their previous test, even though they had found no earlier problems. Only 27% of patients showed symptoms that could be linked to cancer. Current guidelines recommend a test every 10 years, starting at age 50.

Medicare ostensively follows the 10-year rule for colonoscopies, save for high-risk cases, but only 2% of study claims were denied for repeat exams in people without symptoms. In addition to the cost factor – screenings typically exceed $1,000 – excessive colonoscopy testing poses risks to older patients, such as complications from sedation, accidental perforation of the colon and bleeding.

Moreover, the study revealed that repeat test subjects included people 80 and older – an age group that can skip colonoscopies altogether if symptoms did not appear during earlier tests. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against routine colon cancer screening for most people 76 to 85 – and says for those older than 85, screening risks outweigh the benefits.

05/09/11

  05:25:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

High-Risk Plan Popularity Improves, Though Enrollments Still Low

Enrollment in high-risk insurance pools has grown steadily this year, but still lags well behind initial estimates. NPR reports.

As of the end of March, 18,313 people nationwide have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan – a jump of nearly 6,000 in just two months. But that’s a far cry from the optimistic Congressional Budget Office estimate that 200,000 uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions would be enrolled by 2013. The Chief Actuary of Medicare and Medicare had predicted that by the end of 2010 alone, enrollment would reach 375,000 people.

Enrollment in the pools vary widely by state, from a high 2,684 in Pennsylvania to only six in North Dakota. Montana has the highest proportion of enrollees, but the absolute number is just 198 people.

The high cost of the plan is believed to be a major stumbling block in attracting individuals – so much so that the Department of Health and Human Services lowered premiums in federally-run plans by about 20% this year. HHS has asked state-run plans to consider bringing their costs down as well, although they have generally been more successful in attracting enrollees than states using the federal option.

The high-risk plan was designed to be used as stopgap coverage until 2014, when insurers will no longer be able to charge higher rates for pre-existing conditions.

  04:10:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Despite Guideline Controversy, Women Think Mammograms Should Start In 40s

When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended in 2009 that most women don’t need to get a mammogram until age 50, it set off an immediate firestorm, followed quickly by an about-face from the Department of Health and Human Services. But a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds that two-thirds of women in their 40s didn’t even know about the controversy – and regardless, they don’t want to wait an additional 10 years to get tested.

HealthDay (via MedicineNet.com) reports that 57% of women surveyed think mammograms should start at age 40 per American Cancer Society guidelines, while only 12% believe that women should wait until they turn 50. In fact, a sizeable subset feels quite the opposite – 29% say mammograms should start in the 30s, and 11% think 20 is the proper age.

When reminded about the USPSTF guidelines, 66% of women in their 40s admitted they were not aware of them, and 72% of that group disagreed with the recommendation. Moreover, some suspect the task force of putting cost above safety – 45% of those surveyed think that the mammogram age was raised to reduce health care costs. In reality, the USPSTF said that mammograms for women in their 40s led to too many false-positives – and 30% of polled women believe that’s why the task force made the contentious recommendation.

05/06/11

  05:39:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Health Survey Results Emphasize Need For Wellness Promotion

First, the bad news: A new annual survey from the International Food Information Council found that people are steadily losing interest in keeping the excess pounds off. According to WebMD, only 57% of respondents say they are concerned about their weight this year – down from 70% in 2010 and an all-time low.

Further, 43% of respondents say they lead sedentary livestyles, up 6% from just one year ago. And 42% admit that they never count calories. More people say their diets are healthy and fewer consider themsevles overweight, though their reported weights and heights tell otherwise.

Now, the good news: Companies that make a serious effort to help their employees get in better shape are seeing positive financial results. The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion reports that the return on investment for employers that offer a worksite wellness program can be as high as six to one, according to Medical News Today.

Moreover, by promoting improved health in the workplace, businesses benefit from better production and higher attendance. And employees who get encouragement to monitor their health and receive one-on-one coaching for chronic conditions have a better awareness of what they need to get and stay well.

MedBen Worksite Wellness offers a variety of tools to help employers and employees alike. Through a disease- and prevention-based approach that encourages healthier lifestyles for every member and provides customized counseling, members stand a greater chance of falling on the good side of future health surveys.

To learn more about the program, contact MedBen Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Fargus at (888) 627-8683.

  12:50:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

US Near The Bottom In OOP Health Spending Percentage

Megan McArdle of The Atlantic recently published an interesting chart that we thought we’d share with you here. The chart appears in an response to a piece by columnist Paul Krugman in which he criticizes consumer-driven health plans because, among other reasons, most individuals lack the medical knowledge to make informed life-and-death decisions – and anyway, such decisions should not be made on the basis of money.

In McArdle’s article, she argues that many care choices aren’t quite so dramatic and do allow thoughtful consideration before a decision is reached. Moreover, a government-run health care system will make decisions based on money much more than individuals would.

And the chart? Krugman says that “America has the most ‘consumer-driven’ health care system in the advanced world. It also has by far the highest costs yet provides a quality of care no better than far cheaper systems in other countries.” To which McArdle answers, “The US isn’t even close to being the leader in consumer-driven medicine, if by that you mean cost-sharing and purchasing decisions; in the rich world, that would almost certainly be Switzerland, where patients not only pay heavily out of pocket [OOP], but purchase their own insurance.”

As you can see below, the US is actually closer to the bottom of the list in its percentage of total OOP health spending for wealthy countries, based on 2007 data:

Percetnage of Total Health Spending Out of Pocket
  10:48:53 am, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Making "Healthier" Fast Food Breakfast Choices

Let’s face it… you’re in the car one morning, you’re in a hurry, but you’re hungry… what are you gonna do? Most likely, you get in line at the drive-thru of your local fast food outlet for quick relief. Of course, you know going in that while the menu selections may quell your cravings, they won’t do much for your health… or your waistline.

WebMD has generously taken the guesswork out of choosing the “healthier” (as opposed to purely “healthy") options at some of the most popular dine n’ dash joints. We’ll highlight some choices from the most popular restaurants, but you can view the whole list at WebMD.

McDonald’s BEST: Egg McMuffin: 300 calories, 12 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 260 mg cholesterol, 820 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.

McDonald’s WORST: Deluxe Breakfast with large size biscuit, without syrup & margarine: 1140 calories, 59 g fat, 20 g saturated fat, 575 mg cholesterol, 2250 mg sodium, 7 g fiber.

Burger King’s BEST: French Toast Sticks, 3 piece: 240 calories, 13 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.

Burger King’s WORST: Enormous Omelet Sandwich: 730 calories, 45 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, and 330 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,940 mg sodium.

Subway BEST: Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt: 150 calories, 3.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 5 g fiber.

Subway WORST: Footlong Mega Breakfast Sandwich: 1,310 calories, 79 g fat, 31 g saturated fat, 550 mg cholesterol, 3,190 mg sodium, 10 g fiber. (This sandwich is not available in all Subway restaurants.)

05/05/11

  03:55:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

26 States File Motion Challenging Health Reform Law

Plantiffs representing 26 states have filed a motion asking the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to uphold a federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act exceeds the federal government’s powers, the Associated Press reports.

In January, Florida Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law provision requiring U.S. citizens to purchase insurance is unconstitutional, as it goes beyond the boundaries of the Commerce Clause. Further, as the ACA doesn’t include a severability clause that would keep it intact if the individual mandate was removed, the entire law should be struck down.

Using Vinson’s ruling as the basis of its filing to the appeals court, the states argued that allowing the law to go forward would set a dangerous precedent that “would imperil individual liberty, render Congress’s other enumerated powers superfluous, and allow Congress to usurp the general police power reserved to the states.” The federal government countered that the individual mandate is a “quintessential exercise” of the legislative branch’s powers.

The National Federation of Independent Business also filed a separate motion yesterday, claiming that the ACA imposes “an extraordinary duty on Americans to enter into costly and unwanted health-insurance contracts” without any constitutional authority to do so.

  01:10:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Excess Salt Good For You? Depends Who You Ask

A brouhaha that has arisen from a new sodium study that demonstrates how such research should be taken with a grain of, er. salt.

WebMD reports that a Belgian study of sodium levels in healthy middle-aged people found that those with higher sodium levels had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease than did those with lower levels. Needless to say, these results go against the scientific grain and have raised more than a few eyebrows.

Ralph L. Sacco, MD, president of the American Heart Association argued that the study, which focused only on relatively young, healthy white Europeans for a short period of time (eight years), is inherently flawed. Moreover, myriad earlier studies come to a completely different conclusion – high salt intake increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. “The AHA recommendation to reduce salt intake is based on strong science, not just extrapolations or complex math,” Sacco said.

Those with a, shall we say, vested interest in the subject had a different take on the findings. “We now know conclusively that the U.S. government’s war on salt consumption will cause harm,” Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute, said in a news release. “This study confirms previous research indicating that reductions in sodium lead to an increased risk of disease and death.”

The AHA advises people to limit their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day. On average, most Americans consume 3,600-4,800mg daily.

05/04/11

  05:16:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 288 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Most People Uninformed About OTC Ingredients, Study Finds

A troubling study finds that many people are unaware of the active ingredients in over-the-counter pain relievers, Medical Express reports. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine researchers learned that only 31% of participants knew Tylenol contained acetaminophen, an analgesic that can be fatal if not taken properly. And just 41% said they take the time to read the ingredients on drug labels.

“People may unintentionally misuse these medicines to a point where they cause severe liver damage,” said senior study author Michael Wolf, an associate professor of medicine at Northwestern. “It’s easy to exceed the safe limit if people don’t realize how much acetaminophen they are taking. Unlike prescription products, there is no gatekeeper, no one monitoring how you take it.”

Acetaminophen is found in more than 600 OTC and prescription medicines. The study authors propose the creation of a universal icon for acetaminophen that would be required on all medication labels.

MedBen encourages its pharmacy plan members to take advantage of the RxEOB website. Available through MedBen Access to clients who use PDM for prescription management (check your ID card if you’re not sure), RxEOB offers a database featuring summary information for thousands of medications, including OTC pain relievers. Quoting from the Tylenol entry:

“Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction. One ingredient in this product is acetaminophen. Taking too much acetaminophen may cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Adults should not take more than 4 grams (4000 milligrams) of acetaminophen a day. If you have liver problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist for a safe dosage of this medication.”

RxEOB also offers information about severity levels for selected drug-to-drug interactions. Plan members with questions about RxEOB are welcome to call MedBen Customer Service at (800) 686-8425.

  04:03:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Repeals Funding For State Insurance Exchanges

As we reported here a few days ago, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted in March to repeal grants to help states set up health insurance exchanges. Yesterday, the full House concurred, voting 238-183 to cut funding, according to The Associated Press. Voting was mainly along party lines.

Republican House leaders say the repeal stemmed from a lack of oversight. “Shockingly, the Congress gave [the Health and Human Services secretary] the sole authority to determine the size of the appropriation,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mi.) chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Without further congressional action, the secretary can literally spend hundreds of billions of dollars” at her own discretion.

Democrats counter that the Republicans’ actions serve a detrimental purpose. The Hill reports that on the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) argued that de-funding essentially strips most states of power, giving them no option but to accept exchanges established by federal government. “It’s the exact opposite of what you’re saying you want to do,” Pallone said.

As has been the case with previous House repeal efforts, the bill will next go to the Democrat-led Senate, where it will most certainly be rejected. The House is expected to vote today on another measure that would block grants for school-based health center construction.

05/03/11

  04:50:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Consumer-Driven Approach Appealing To More Businesses

Medical News Today reports that consumer-driven health plans continue to grow in popularity. According to a Mercer study commissioned by the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO), CDHP enrollments rose from 23 million in 2009 to 28 million in 2010 – an increase of 22%. Very big businesses in particular find the plans appealing – over half of companies with over 20,000 employees now offer a CDHP.

“Last year’s economic slowdown combined with the rising cost of health care forced employers of all sizes to seek innovative ways to reduce what they spend to cover their employees. Given the cost savings inherent in the consumer-directed model, it’s clear that employers – especially our largest ones – are increasingly looking to CDHPs to do that” said Karen Greenrose, AAPPO President and CEO.

MedBen offers CDHPs across all group sizes. Our options include Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) along with high-deductible health plans. And, participants can manage their accounts right online.

MedBen clients who have implemented proven consumer-driven strategies are experiencing significant claims savings. To learn more about what CDHPs can do for your business, contact Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Fargus at 888-627-8683.

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