Short-term health insurance is a type of health insurance that provides coverage for a limited period of time, typically anywhere from 30 days to 12 months. These plans are designed to provide temporary coverage for individuals who are in between jobs, waiting for employer-sponsored coverage to begin, or who are not eligible for other types of health insurance. Affordable Premiums Short-term health insurance plans typically have lower premiums than traditional health insurance plans. This is because short-term plans are designed to provide coverage for a limited period of time and do not have to meet the same requirements as other types of health insurance. This makes them a more affordable… Read MoreContinue Reading
Guidance Issued on Emergency Period Expiration
** This Compliance Bulletin contains guidance released in FAQ 58; however, President Joe Biden subsequently signed a House Bill on April 10, 2023 immediately ending the National Emergency, which may change certain dates referenced below. It is possible that FAQ 58 will be updated to reflect new dates. The signed Bill did not change the end of the Public Health Emergency, which remains May 11, 2023.** On March 29, 2023, the Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (collectively, “the Departments”) released FAQ 58, answering certain frequently asked questions regarding the announced end of the National Emergency and the Public Health Emergency (“PHE”) on May 11, 2023.… Read MoreContinue Reading
Horizon BCBSNJ Updated COVID-19 Resource Guide
Updated COVID-19 Resource Guide Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ending on May 11, 2023, Horizon BCBSNJ has announced that certain provisions that had been put in place for members and customers during the PHE will go back to pre-COVID-19 coverage beginning May 12, 2023, including: Vaccines Members will not have to pay anything out of pocket for the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters when they use an in-network provider. COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Members will continue to have coverage for lab PCR and Rapid COVID-19 tests and treatment when received in network; however, members may have to pay their copay, deductible and/or coinsurance. If members have out-of-network coverage… Read MoreContinue Reading
12 Tips for Maximizing Your High Deductible
Nearly 40% of people have a health care plan with a high deductible. An even higher percentage of people wish they had a lower deductible (who wouldn’t?!). And with medical bills being the leading cause of bankruptcies, it is important to understand how to maximize your high deductible so that you can stay afloat in case something unexpected were to happen. 1. Find Out What’s Free Many routine services are free. Instead of staying home to save money, you could get a free screening for preventative care. Common services covered are colonoscopies, mammograms, and vaccinations. About 90% of people with high deductible plans don’t know that such services are free.… Read MoreContinue Reading
IBC: How to read your new EOB
Your EOB helps you understand your out-of-pocket costs when you receive covered services. The new, easier-to-read format lets you quickly find out how much a provider charged for services, what your Independence Blue Cross (IBC) health plan paid, and how much you owe. As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 for any additional questions or concerns!Continue Reading
Independence: Wellness Guidelines for all ages
Your health and wellness are important. That’s why we provide you with these wellness guidelines to help you and your family stay healthy. The wellness guidelines are a summary of recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other nationally recognized sources. We encourage you to take the time to review these guidelines. Use them as a starting point for conversations with your and your family’s health care providers. Your health care provider may recommend alternatives to the information outlined in these wellness guidelines based on your specific needs and the history of health or illness in your familyContinue Reading
How to activate your OSCAR account
We want you to get the most of your plan. Setting up your Oscar account will help you do that by putting care right at your ﬁngertips .Continue Reading
Medicare Advantage plans denying more inpatient claims
MA plans have adopted more restrictive criteria commonly used by commercial health insurance carriers, found consulting firm Crowe. Medicare Advantage plans denying more inpatient claims MA plans have adopted more restrictive criteria commonly used by commercial health insurance carriers, found consulting firm Crowe Healthcare systems have found themselves in precarious financial standing due to a dramatic increase in the number of inpatient claims being denied by health insurers based on the lack of medical necessity, according to data collected by accounting and technology firm Crowe. These level-of-care reimbursement disputes are especially rising in frequency among Medicare Advantage plans. Read the full story by clicking the link below. https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/medicare-advantage-plans-denying-more-inpatient-claims As always if you have any… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is State Mandated Disability or TDB?
New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits (TDB) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI). The New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits (TDB) law, enacted in 1948 and later amended in 2008 to include Family Leave Insurance (FLI), allows for NJ covered workers to take paid time off for their own non-occupational related injury or illness (under TDB) or to care for a family member with a serious health condition or bond with a new child (under FLI). Which employers are subject to the law? Most New Jersey employers subject to the provisions of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) are also subject to NJ TDB law and are required to provide coverages for their employees working in… Read MoreContinue Reading
Individual Coverage HRA: Choice and affordability in employee health benefits
How HRAs work Health Reimbursement Arrangements are employer-funded accounts that reimburse employees for eligible medical expenses. No employee contributions are allowed. Since an HRA is funded only by the employer, the employer sets the rules of the plan. The ICHRA works much the same as other HRAs, with the following important differences: ICHRA rules Traditional group health plans An employer may not offer an ICHRA and a traditional group health plan (GHP) to employees within the same class. However, an employer may offer an ICHRA to one class of employees and a traditional GHP to another class. Also, a traditional GHP may be grandfathered for current employees while all new… Read MoreContinue Reading
ACA coverage rule for dependents up to age 26
One of the most notable changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the ACA coverage rule for dependents up to age 26. Employers offering health care plans to employees must include this extended coverage. Purpose of the ACA coverage rule for dependents up to age 26 The ACA extended the eligibility for a child to be covered under a parent’s health plan from (usually) age 21 and if a full-time student to age 26 regardless of student status. The goal is to provide peace of mind to parents and their young adult children during a time in life when the dependent is likely to be completing their… Read MoreContinue Reading
Get Your FSA, HRA, HSA Health Accounts Comparison Chart
What’s the difference which spending account you use at your company? Download our comparison chart for a quick, simple side by side comparison. Contact your health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc to find out which account might be the best fit for your organization!Continue Reading
Broker Change Leads to Better Results
Broker Change Leads to Better Results Sometimes a benefits consultant may become a bit complacent and fail to aggressively pursue available cost containment strategies for a client. When that happens, it may be time to consider a change. Read for a case study on how we handled a situation like this for one of our clients. The Issue A mid-sized group prospect was unhappy with their current broker and looking for a change. They thought more could be done to help control their employee benefit budget and were looking for guidance. They came to us with a 17% health insurance renewal. Our Solution Our team met with the business owner… Read MoreContinue Reading
1095-B Tax Form Available Electronically for Employees of Cigna Fully-Insured Clients
Effectively 1/1/23, Cigna transitioned from physically mailing 1095-B tax forms to on-demand electronic availability for customers on fully-insured client medical plans. Just one way Cigna is making healthcare simpler for customers, enrollees can access their 1095-B tax forms anytime, anywhere via myCigna.com® . Click here to read more. As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions group health insurance specialist at (215)355-2121 if you have any further questions or concerns.Continue Reading
Emergency Periods Related to COVID-19 to End May 11 2023
On January 30, 2023, the Biden Administration announced its intent to end the Public Health Emergency and the National Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic on May 11, 2023. They are currently set to expire after February 28, 2023 and on April 11, 2023, respectively. This announcement came in response to two bills in the House of Representatives proposing to end the national emergencies at an earlier date. As previously reported, various employee benefit plan requirements are directly impacted by the Public Health Emergency and the National Emergency. Employers sponsoring health and welfare programs will need to make some decisions with respect to their programs. End of the Public Health… Read MoreContinue Reading
ACA: Special Election Cheat Sheet
Download our SEP Cheat Sheet. Know your health insurance SEP to get enrolled outside of the annual open enrollment period. As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance experts for more specific information about your situation at (215)355-2121 https://www.totalbenefits.netContinue Reading
Notification Reminder for Forms 1095-C and 1095-B
Under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the deadline for applicable large employers (“ALEs”) to furnish Form 1095-C and 1095-B to certain individuals (such as full-time employees in the case of Form 1095-C) is January 31 with respect to the preceding calendar year. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final regulations on December 12, 2022 with respect to ACA reporting requirements. These final regulations provided an automatic extension of 30 days to furnish these statements to individuals. This means that Wednesday, March 2, 2023 is the deadline to furnish individuals with 2022 Forms 1095-C and 1095-B. This extension is automatic; employers or other reporting entities are not required to file a… Read MoreContinue Reading
Between jobs? Aging out of a family policy? Waiting for Open Enrollment?
A Short Term Medical plan might be right for you. Short Term Medical plans let you decide how much coverage you want and for how long, with individual and family options available. And you can enjoy quality of life benefits like telemedicine and discounts on a variety of everyday items and services through an Association membership (varies by state). Short Term Medical plans offer plenty of flexibility: Questions about a short term medical plan? Contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialist at (215)355-2121. Important information about these plans THESE PLANS PROVIDE LIMITED BENEFITS For complete limitations & exclusions by state for Short Term Medical insurance, click here. Plan… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is Limited Medical Insurance?
A limited medical plan is a form of supplemental health insurance that can be used with or without a major medical plan. Limited medical plans have a set amount of money for treatment that they give to you to pay for common medical expenses. They recognize that common services like wellness visits can sometimes turn into a financial strain for people. Since this type of insurance does not cover everything due to a predetermined limit on what you receive, you will want to look closely at the benefits before choosing a plan. It can be helpful to pair a limited medical plan with a major medical plan. Doctors visits and… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is Stop Loss Coverage?
Stop-loss insurance, in combination with a self-funded group health plan, is a type of coverage that protects companies from catastrophic or unexpected medical claims. Why choose a plan with stop-loss coverage? Protecting a company financially is critical and stop-loss is an employer’s safety net. With the Self-Funded Program, , stop-loss insurance is always included in employers’ monthly payments. This protects the employer against higher-than-expected claims. With level-funding, employers will never have to pay more than the amount, agreed upon up front, that they are responsible for funding the claims account each year. By choosing a self-funded plan with stop-loss coverage, employers limit their risk, protect themselves against high claims, and have… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is a drug formulary?
The drug formulary is a list of medications that have been selected by an insurance company for their medical effectiveness, positive results, and value. The formulary includes generic medications and a defined list of brand medications. Sometimes it includes specialty mediations. Most formularies will have exclusions, or drugs not covered by your plan. You maximize your benefits when you purchase formulary medications. Your health insurance specialists at Total Benefit Solutions, In. can help you understand your plan’s formulary and how to find or search that list. Contact us today at (215)355-2121 if you have questions about your health insurance plan’s drug coverage.Continue Reading
Blue KC: Enhanced ACA Subsidies to Extend Through 2025
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has provided enhanced ACA premium subsidies for people who purchased a plan through the Marketplace. It did so by removing the income cap, which limited subsidies to households with incomes from 100% to 400% of the federal poverty line. With no income cap, premiums have been limited to just 8.5% of income – for everyone. The Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law on August 16, extends these subsidies for three years for millions of Americans who buy individual coverage under the ACA. This bill will “save millions of people an average of $800 a year on health insurance premiums,” said Chiquita… Read MoreContinue Reading
Get assistance with your PENNIE health insurance account
Already on the health insurance Marketplace and need some help? Assigning Total Benefit Solutions, Inc is easy! Download the document and follow the steps. We will get notified and start helping you right away! Need more direction? Give us a call (215)355-2121Continue Reading
Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period for 2023 Coverage is Around the Corner
Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period for 2023 Coverage is Around the Corner: Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period will run from November 1, 2022, to January 15, 2023. As a reminder, existing Pennie customers will be receiving auto-renewal notices this week with information on their 2023 plans. Great news! Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, enhanced savings continue to be available for Pennie customers and those enrolling in coverage through Pennie! As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact your Pennie health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions Inc (215)355-2121Continue Reading
What Are Medicare Guaranteed Issue Rights?
Please contact your Total Benefit Solutions Inc Medicare health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121 with any questions.Continue Reading