Posts Posts by: "Ed MacConnell"

Of all the reasons to enroll in Medicare coverage, making health care more affordable is perhaps the biggest for millions of beneficiaries. One of the benefits found in Medicare Advantage plans is a maximum-out-of-pocket (MOOP) limit, but is there anything similar that will help with out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part…(Read More)…(Read More)

Companies with fewer than 20 employees that offer group health coverage that pays secondary to Medicare (those not subject to the MSP rules) may be able to pay for the Medicare Part B, Part D, and Medicare Supplement Insurance premiums for their active employees. This is known as a Medicare Premium Reimbursement Arrangement. However, this…(Read More)

On March 28th, 2019, a Federal District Court in the District of Columbia struck down significant portions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Association Health Plan (AHP) Final Rule. Specifically, the Court found the DOL “failed to reasonably interpret” ERISA when issuing these rules: • expanding the definition of “employers” to include disparate groups…(Read More)

Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash The Wall Street Journalrecently reported on proposed changes by the Trump Administration “that could raise health insurance costs for millions of Americans who get coverage on the job or receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.” As they explain, the two sides continue to bicker about the Affordable Care…(Read More)

Choosing an insurance plan for employees can be challenging due to the flood of options now available. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make as an employer is between fully-insured and self-insured health plans. A fully-insured plan is a more traditional option where the company pays a premium to…(Read More)

SHELBY LIVINGSTON : Modern Healthcare . A federal judge’s decision to vacate the Labor Department’s 2018 rule expanding access to association health plans could cause thousands of people covered through such plans to lose their insurance. Whether and how soon that happens depends on the Labor Department’s appeals decision and the likelihood of the…(Read More)

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called “association health plans” were “clearly an end…(Read More)

Finding Great Health Insurance Information is Easy on the Total Benefit Solutions Website! Photo by Tran Mau Tri Tam on Unsplash The Keystone Proactive HMO plans have become very popular but the number one question we get is ” how do I know what tier my doctor is in?” Finding your primary doctor’s tier on…(Read More)

Ever wonder exactly which benefit notices your company was required to distribute to employees? Ever notice that some of them are only needed when your business is a specific type of business or organization or size? Wonder no more thanks to our partners at HR360! Download your complimentary copy of the 2-19 employee guide…(Read More)


MURPHY MOVES NJ TO STATE-BASED HEALTH EXCHANGE TRENTON — New Jersey will move to a state-based health care exchange starting in 2021 as a result of an executive order signed Friday by Gov. Phil Murphy.The Democratic governor made the announcement at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston on the 9th anniversary of the…(Read More)

Each year, Medicare makes changes to the Part A and B out-of-pocket expenses, monthly premium for Part B, and premium adjustment thresholds for Part B and Part D. Here are the figures for 2020.. Click to download the bulletin Medicare Changes Coming for 2020Download…(Read More)

A bill has been introduced in New Jersey in both the Senate and Assembly that, if passed, would prohibit insurance carriers or other insurers subject to the insurance laws of New Jersey or any other state from offering, issuing or renewing any stop loss insurance policy of any kind to small employers. Stop loss insurance…(Read More)

PEOs & the Philadelphia Area As you may be aware Independence Blue Cross recently introduced a PEO offering into the Pennsylvania market/Greater Philadelphia area through a partnership with Clear PEO. As a leading independent broker in the Northeast, Total Benefit Solutions, Inc.  has experience with PEOs and helping group clients find the best…(Read More)

Is your health plan group ERISA compliant? Health plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) must make available information about the plan to participants. The plan participants have a right to know about plan rules, financial data, plan operation and plan management. Many small employers fail to realize that they need…(Read More)

We have received a lot of questions regarding the new level funding health benefit programs so we prepared this video to make it a little easier to understand. Ask us today if Level Funding might be a good for for your health plan…(Read More)

Important News from Total Benefit Solutions Inc. February 11th 2019: For the past several months, we have been negotiating the terms of our agreements with Trinity Health (Trinity), which includes the following entities, as well as their professional providers, subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions: Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Mercy Fitzgerald…(Read More)

Aliera Healthcare is an innovative healthcare organization offering both traditional healthcare and health sharing plans, which are an alternative to traditional insurance. At the core of Aliera plans is a concentration on the patient using our “Core 4” Patient Centered Medical Home Model of Care. Employer Group plans range from ACA compliant ‘Minimum Essential Coverage…(Read More)

Independence is pleased to partner with CLEAR Employer Services to provide a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) offering to companies looking to outsource many of their HR‑related functions, beginning with 1/1/2019 business. This solution supports primarily small and mid-size businesses by handling a variety of human resources and administrative functions, freeing company…(Read More)

Broker of Record Letter Many clients are initially surprised to find out that they can enjoy all the benefits of working with our firm without the hassle of changing insurance carriers. Hire us today by downloading the broker of record letter, printing, completing and faxing it to us at (888)287-3186. The process is…(Read More)

Total Benefit Solutions is proud to announce our partnership with ELAP services to provide our clients with the very best in reference based pricing benefit plans. Wondering if reference based pricing would be a good for your organization? Call us today to find out how it works at (215)355-2121! &nbsp…(Read More)

How do I calculate the number of full time equivalent (FTE) employees?” Employers ask us all the time how the go about figuring how many FTE’s or Full Time Equivalents they have for ACA compliance purposes. Because the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate (Employer Shared Responsibility Payments or the Play or Pay ) only…(Read More)

Total Benefit Solutions: A Committed Team Focused On ‘Clients First’ For Health Insurance by Tianna Grosch Looking for affordable health insurance but not sure where to start? Seeking the correct health insurance with benefits fit to your needs can be a daunting task, one that you should leave in the hands of caring and compassionate…(Read More)

October 25th: Independence Blue Cross Member Renewal Letter details Due to the subsidy disruption in some counties, Independence will be sending renewal notices in 2 waves. On October 25th 2018: • Members who do not receive a subsidy will receive their renewal notices for 2019. The notice will include benefit and premium updates for 2019 and…(Read More)

Recently a number of clients have received notices and/or checks for their organizations’s Medical Loss Ratio, or MLR rebates. Below is some helpful information from SHRM for understanding how these rebates can be used or distributed. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Technical Release No. 2011-04, the employer’s…(Read More)

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