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
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
UHC: Short Term Medical no longer offered in DE & SD, starting February 17, 2023
Effective February 17, 2023, the United Healthcare-branded Short Term Medical product, underwritten by Golden Rule Insurance Company will no longer be available for new sales in Delaware and South Dakota. View the updated product availability grid. This change does not affect existing business of this product in these states. Current customers can keep their coverage until the plan’s term date if they continue plan payments and meet the eligibility requirements of their plan. As always, don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns today at (215)355-2121.Continue 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
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
Independence: Additional MLR rebates for 2020 to be issued to some policyholders
Starting this week, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) will be issuing an additional medical loss ratio (MLR) rebate to affected customers and subscribers for a portion of their 2020 health insurance premiums. The check mailing will continue until the end of February. The additional rebate is being issued following a clarification on MLR calculation provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a result of the clarification, we looked at prior year calculations and determined an additional amount was due for 2020. Any applicable interest has been included in the amount of each check. Click here for the full story As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions,… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) and why is it important?
The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is different than the annual election period in the fall. The MA OEP happens annually from January 1st to March 31st. The OEP allows beneficiaries who are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan to make a one-time change. Beneficiaries can use the Medicare OEP to: The Medicare OEP does not allow a beneficiary to change from one Part D plan to another Part D plan. The reason for the OEP is that Medicare beneficiaries are often confused about Medicare Advantage plans. They don’t understand how these plans work or they may not realize the plan has a network. Some Medicare beneficiaries try to make their… 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
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 connected with the IBX Smartphone App
Download the free IBX app for your iPhone or Android to help you make the most of your Independence Blue Cross health plan. With new and improved features, the IBX app gives you easy access to your health care coverage 24/7, wherever you are. As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance professionals if you have any questions about this bulletin. Click here to read more.Continue 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
Why Use Medicareful to Find Your Plan?
Medicare insurance can seem complex on your own. We’re here to help! Medicareful is an easy-to-use Medicare plan finder that compares some of the available plans in your area and connects you with a licensed sales agent who will guide you through enrollment. Whether it’s a Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage Part C Plan, or a Medicare Part D drug plan, we’ve got you covered. https://medicareful.com/totalbenefitsolutionsContinue Reading
Get ready for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period with our centralized guide to AEP.
Every year, the AEP is your opportunity to enroll in or switch to a Medicare plan that fits your ever evolving health care needs. This special enrollment window only runs October 15 to December 7, so it’s important to be prepared to accomplish anything you’d like to during that time. If reviewing or changing your coverage seems a little daunting with all the different plans and benefits on the market and decisions to make, don’t worry! You don’t have to go it alone. Get Your Guide to the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period and Get ready for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period with our centralized guide to AEP. Click here to… Read MoreContinue Reading
3 Types of Medigap Rating Structure
Attained-Aged: Premium based on current age when policy is issued. Premium goes up as you get older AND may go up due to a rate increase. All Medigap Freedom plans are Attained-Aged rated. Issued-Aged: Premium based on the age you are when you buy (are issued) the Medigap policy. Premium DOES NOT go up as you get older AND may go up due to a rate increase. Community: Same premium is charged to everyone who has the Medigap policy, regardless of age. Premium DOES NOT go up as you get older AND may go up due to a rate increase. Call your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc Medicare health insurance specialists… Read MoreContinue Reading
Total Benefit Solutions, Inc appoints with Lasso Medicare Medical Savings Accounts Plans for 2022-2023 Open Enrollment Season
What is a Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plan? – A Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan is a type of Medicare Advantage plan that combines a high-deductible health plan with a medical savings account. Enrollees of Medicare MSA plans can initially use their savings account to help pay for health care, and then will have coverage through a high-deductible insurance plan once they reach their deductible. Medicare MSA plans can provide Medicare beneficiaries with more control over health care utilization, while still providing coverage against catastrophic health care expenses. Ask your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc. Medicare health insurance specialist of a Medicare Medical Savings Account could be worth considering… Read MoreContinue Reading
Blue KC: Members Can Soon Access Rx Savings Solutions and Find Care in One Place
In October, Rx Savings Solutions will integrate with the Find Care tool on MyBlueKC.com and the MyBlueKC mobile app. Rx Savings Solutions is a secure, online tool that helps eligible members find ways to save money on prescription drugs. Once integrated, the two tools will allow members to view medical and pharmacy in one place and better use both tools. The integration is one way we’re helping reduce the total cost of care for members, employers, and health plans. Eligible members can follow this path to Rx Savings Solutions: MyBlueKC.com Click Find Care in the left column Click Find Doctors, Specialists & Hospitals Click Medication Finder Have any questions regarding… Read MoreContinue Reading
A new group health insurance offering for small businesses. Introducing CIGNA + Oscar
We’ve partnered with Cigna + Oscar to deliver small business health insurance that brings together Cigna’s most popular provider networks and Oscar’s tech-driven approach to customer service and care navigation. Cigna + Oscar plans are available in the Philadelphia 5 county area beginning with effective dates starting January 1 2023. Your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists are available to help you quote and compare plans. Call us today to get your quote and compare these newest plans to your current renewal. You might be surprised at the competitive cost and plan designs! (215)355-2121Continue Reading
Turning 26: Your Guide to Health Insurance
Turning 26: Your Guide to Getting Your New Health Insurance:https://totalbenefits.net/turning-26-your-guide-to-health-insurance/Continue Reading
CMS Updates Medicare Enrollment Rules for 2023
On April 22, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed implementation of parts of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) to simplify Medicare enrollment. According to Medicare.gov, these changes will go into effect January 1, 2023. Generally speaking, the new Medicare enrollment rules will allow for a more straightforward enrollment process that reduces potential gaps in coverage. They also allow for more Special Enrollment Periods and extend some Part B coverage to certain beneficiaries. But, what are the specifics? All facts and figures can be found in CMS’ fact sheet on the provisions, unless specifically linked elsewhere. Current Medicare Enrollment Rules Currently, when Medicare coverage actually starts after enrollment… Read MoreContinue Reading
Medicare Creditable Coverage Part D notification requirements
FROM INDEPENDENCE: Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires plans that offer prescription drug coverage to their Medicare‑eligible employees, retirees, and dependents to notify them by October 15 as to whether that coverage is “creditable” or “non‑creditable.” What customers must do Customers must take the following steps to comply with this requirement: Review the materials provided to determine whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable or non‑creditable. Disclose to their Medicare‑eligible members (employees and their dependents) whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable or non‑creditable prior to the Medicare Part D Annual Election period, running from October 15 through December 7 of this year and at other times during the future.… Read MoreContinue Reading
Additional Guidance on New Prescription Drug Reporting Requirement
As previously reported in 2021, Section 204 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) requires plan sponsors of group health plans to submit informationannually about prescription drugs and health care spending to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) on behalf of the Departments of Health and Human Services(“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). The first deadline is December 27, 2022. CMS recently updated guidance related to this reporting requirement that provides some helpful clarification. Click the link below to download this bulletin. As always please contact your Total benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialist at (215)355-2121 if you have any further questions or concerns.Continue Reading
Celebrity Medicare Sales Pitches Are Toned Down After Scrutiny
Soaring complaints and aggressive sales efforts result in tighter rules from regulators From WSJ.COM: If it’s football season, you can count on seeing Joe Namath on television, along with William Shatner and Jimmie “J J” Walker. They are the most prominent pitchmen for what has become an annual fall selling frenzy for Medicare Advantage policies. After a surge in consumer complaints, and stiffer government rules, the sales pitches will likely be tamer this year. If there is confusion, “we’ll change things so it satisfies everybody and eliminates the confusion,” said Mr. Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” franchise The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services toughened its… Read MoreContinue Reading
Medicare Advantage (MA) Quick Facts
What is it? A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company, such as Independence Blue Cross, that contracts with Medicare to provide all Part A and Part B benefits. If enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Plan types offered: Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), for example. Independence offers Keystone 65 HMO as well as Personal Choice 65 PPO. Medical Coverage: If enrolled in a HMO, members must choose a PCP (which also will coordinate referrals) and must stay In-Network. PPO… Read MoreContinue Reading