Medicare Part D’s new $2,000 annual cap on out-of-pocket prescription costs.

There are significant changes coming to Medicare Part D plans in 2025. In 2024 once your out-of-pocket spending on prescriptions tops about $3,300, you qualify for Medicare’s “catastrophic coverage” and pay nothing for your covered Part D drugs for the rest of the year. (In 2023, once you hit catastrophic coverage, you still owed 5% of your drug costs.) But come 2025, people with Part D plans won’t have to pay more than $2,000 in out-of-pocket costs, thanks to a provision in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.  This new rule applies only to medications covered by your Part D plan, though, and does not apply to out-of-pocket spending on… Read More

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You can access your PCORI membership report on uhceservices.com

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurers, and plan sponsors are responsible for paying the PCORI fee. The  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee also helps fund research that evaluates and compares health outcomes, clinical effectiveness, and the risks and benefits of medical treatments and services. Sponsors of self-funded (ASO) plans are required to submit Form 720 and pay the PCORI fee to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) immediately. The payment must be made by July 31 of the year that follows the conclusion of the plan year. A PCORI Membership Report is given to UnitedHealthcare Level Funded groups whose plan year ends in 2023 to help with PCORI fee… Read More

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IRS Addresses Tax Treatment Of Work-Life Referral Services

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) clarified the tax treatment of several work-life referral (“WLR”) services offered by employers in a new Fact Sheet FAQ. According to the FAQ, the value of the WLR services may be deducted from employees’ salary as a de minimis fringe benefit in cases when they are included in employee assistance programs (“EAPs”) or are otherwise bundled with other services. WLR Programs WLR services are offered to qualified employees through the employer-funded WLR program. WLR services are informative and referral consultations that help staff members locate, engage, and bargain with life-management providers to find answers to personal, professional, or family problems. Generally speaking, unless a part… Read More

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Medicare Supplement plan closure

AmeriHealth will stop accepting new enrollments for any Medicare Supplement plans as of April 1, 2024, the date the plans go into effect. Medicare Supplement Plans A, C, D, F, G, G-HD, and N were provided by AmeriHealth. Members who are presently enrolled in these plans will continue to receive services from AmeriHealth, guaranteeing that their coverage will not be stopped. To read more about the article click HERE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any… Read More

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Claim Processing Delays and Invoice Updates

On February 21, 2024, MVP stopped doing business with Change Healthcare and its subsidiaries, as well as all digital interactions. This was due to a cyber security breach. In compliance with national and state regulations, MVP is implementing innovative business solutions and restoring affected service functionality as needed. Processing Delays for Provider Claims : New York State Department of Financial Services encourage issuers and pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) to take into account granting provider requests to halt or reverse specific administrative processes. MVP is assessing each provider’s request for suspension and tolling individually and determining whether a certification is necessary. To read more click HERE We are dedicated to providing… Read More

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Aetna – Data Collection Requirement for Rx Data Collection Reporting Submission

The deadline for submitting Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) reporting for the reference year 2023 is June 1, 2024. Certain data items that were not necessary for the first submission must be included in this one. As a result, Aetna has created a procedure to help our plan sponsors submit these reports. Important Update: Data Collection Requirement for Prescription Drug Data Collection Reporting Submission Read more HERE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you… Read More

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IRS News Release: Nutrition, Wellness, and General Health Expenses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is informing taxpayers that costs associated with wellness, diet, and overall health are unlikely to be covered by Internal Revenue Code section 213 reimbursement for medical expenses. The IRS published a press statement and a list of commonly asked questions the IRS: The IRS is worried that individuals might not be aware of the situations in which spending related to diet or wellness can qualify as medical costs. The IRS reminded people in a news release on March 6, 2024, that personal expenses cannot be reimbursed through FSAs, HSAs, or HRAs in a way that is tax-favored. Employers should be wary of vendors who advertise… Read More

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2023 RxDC Reporting Instructions Released

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently updated its Prescription Drugs Data Collection (“RxDC”) reporting instructions for 2023 data. There are some noticeable differences. As previously reported, group health plan sponsors (typically employers) are required to submit information to CMS on prescription drugs and health care spending on an annual basis (“RxDC reporting”). The first reporting deadline for calendar years 2020 and 2021 was December 27, 2022 (extended to January 31, 2023). The next deadline for reporting on calendar year 2023 is June 1, 2024, which, despite being a Saturday, is a firm date. It should be noted that carriers, pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”), and third-party administrators (“TPAs”)… Read More

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Decisions for someone who is nearing age 65

As you near age 65, you need to learn about Medicare coverage choices and make several important enrollment decisions. This fact sheet will give you a list of the steps you shouldtake and tell you about resources to help you make your Medicare enrollment decisions. There can be penalties if you do not enroll on time, so it is best to complete these tasksat least 3 months BEFORE you turn 65. Please note you can enroll on Medicare Parts A & B with Medicare about 90 days before your 65th birthday. IF YOU ARE STILL WORKING and your company has less than 20 employees you still MUST enroll on Medicare… Read More

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Medicare Supplement Insights: Protecting Your Wallet

In a world where healthcare costs are a growing concern for many, Medicare Supplement coverage has emerged as a reliable solution to bridge the gaps in original Medicare. As we delve into the latest data from 2021, including insights from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the California Department of Managed Health Care, and the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) from 2020, a compelling narrative about the significance of Medicare Supplement plans unfolds. Key Takeaways: 1. A Majority Embrace Medicare Supplement: In 2020, a staggering 54% of original Medicare enrollees without additional insurance coverage, such as Medicaid or employer-provided insurance, turned to Medicare Supplement policies for added peace of… Read More

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Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment Extension!

In a recent development, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Departments of Labor (DOL) and the Treasury have issued a letter urging employers, plan sponsors, and carriers to consider extending the enrollment period for employer-sponsored health plans. This extension is aimed at helping individuals who have lost their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage due to the resumption of normal eligibility and enrollment procedures. Traditionally, Medicaid coverage requires annual renewal of eligibility. However, during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, these renewal requirements were temporarily halted to prevent members from losing their coverage. Unfortunately, this pause in eligibility rules came to an end on March… Read More

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Employer’s Guide to Medicare Compliance

Medicare is a critical healthcare program in the US, covering seniors and certain disabled individuals. Employers offering group health insurance to Medicare-eligible individuals must meet specific requirements. In this blog, we’ll discuss three key Medicare requirements for employers: Employers must ensure compliance with these Medicare regulations to provide necessary healthcare information and process claims correctly. This ensures employees receive the coverage they’re entitled to. For comprehensive information and resources, refer to our PDF document below. Meeting these obligations supports employee well-being and eases healthcare coverage complexities. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this bulletin, please contact your Medicare health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc.… Read More

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COBRA and Medicare: Complementary Health Insurance Explained

In today’s rapidly changing job landscape, it’s not uncommon for individuals to find themselves eligible for both Medicare and COBRA simultaneously. This dual eligibility can be a bit bewildering, but understanding how these two crucial insurance options interact is vital to making informed decisions that could impact your finances and peace of mind. Let’s delve into the intricacies of how COBRA works with Medicare and explore the options available to you. COBRA Unveiled First, let’s demystify COBRA. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a federal program designed to provide a safety net for workers and their families. It allows you to maintain the health coverage provided by your… Read More

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Unlocking Medicare’s Potential: Top 3 Broker Benefits

It’s that time of year again – the Annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare is almost here, and it’s a crucial opportunity you won’t want to miss. If you’re eligible for Medicare, this is your chance to make important decisions about your healthcare coverage. Here are some compelling reasons why you should take advantage of this opportunity: Expert Guidance: Navigating the world of Medicare can be a complex and overwhelming task. Fortunately, during the Annual Open Enrollment period, you can access personalized advice and guidance from experienced brokers who understand the ins and outs of Medicare. These professionals can help you make informed decisions tailored to your unique healthcare needs.… Read More

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Who Needs Extra Protection During Flu Season?

The flu season is upon us once again, and it’s time to make sure you and your loved ones are protected. The flu is more than just a pesky inconvenience; it can be a serious illness that leads to hospital visits and even death. By getting vaccinated, not only are you protecting yourself from getting sick, but you’re also playing a significant role in preventing the flu from spreading to others. Where to Get Your Flu Shot Getting a flu shot is convenient and accessible. You can receive one at your doctor’s office, your local pharmacy, or various clinics in your area. Plus, if you’re covered by Medicare, you’re in… Read More

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Navigating the 2024 CMS Final Rule: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have set the stage for significant changes with their Final Rule provisions for 2024, slated to take effect on September 30, 2023. These updates will play a pivotal role as we gear up for the 2024 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). The main points of the new rules Stay Informed: For more insights on these changes and additional updates, please visit the full 2024 CMS Final Rule here. As always if you have any questions or concerns about this bulleting please contact your Medicare health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc (215)-355-2121

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: PDF Download

Medicare covers a health behavior change program to help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program includes 22 group sessions with a behavior coach who works with you to make lasting diet and exercise changes. You’ll also get support to keep you motivated. For a comprehensive understanding of Medicare prevention programs, download this informative PDF today! As always if you have any questions or concerns about this bulleting please contact your Medicare health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc (215)-355-2121

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Mark Your Calendars for These Crucial Medicare Dates!

We’ve got some important dates coming up that you’ll want to circle on your calendars. Your Medicare choices are about to take center stage, and we’re here to help you navigate them like a pro! Pre-Annual Election Period (Pre-AEP) – Starting 10/1 Get ready to dive into the world of Medicare choices! The Pre-AEP is your head start, your chance to gather information and get prepared for what’s ahead. It’s like laying the groundwork for a solid plan that suits your needs. Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) – Starting 10/15 This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! The AEP kicks off on October 15, and it’s your golden opportunity… Read More

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, it’s essential to take proactive steps to manage your condition and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that there are programs available designed specifically to assist individuals like you in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. These programs often encompass a comprehensive approach that includes education, lifestyle modifications, and support systems tailored to your specific needs. Let us help, don’t miss this opportunity to take control of your health and potentially prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Download this PDF for more information! As always if you have any questions or concerns about… Read More

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Medicare Coverage of Home Health Care: Booklet

This booklet describes the home health care services that Medicare covers, and how to get those benefits through Medicare. If you get your Medicare benefits through a Medicare health plan (not Original Medicare) check your plan’s membership materials and contact the plan for details about your Medicare-covered home health benefits. Download the Medicare Coverage of Home Health Care: Booklet to help you understand the home health services that Medicare covers and much more. As always if you have any questions or concerns about this bulleting please contact your Medicare health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc (215)-355-2121

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Are You Up To Date on Your Preventive Services?

Medicare covers a full range of preventive services to help keep you healthy and find problems early when treatment works best. Ask your doctor what services are right for you and use the document below to track appointment dates, times, and other important information. Download our Medicare check list sheet below to help you keep track of your Preventive Services! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc Medicare health insurance specialist at (215)-355-2121.

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4R’s for Fighting Medicare Fraud

This comprehensive and insightful factsheet is specifically designed to equip individuals who are enrolled in Medicare with invaluable knowledge and effective measures to actively combat Medicare fraud. With a focus on promoting awareness and prevention, this factsheet not only educates beneficiaries about the various types of Medicare fraud but also offers practical advice and actionable steps to detect, report, and prevent fraudulent activities. By implementing the recommended measures outlined in this factsheet, individuals can actively participate in safeguarding the integrity of the Medicare program, ensuring that their healthcare benefits are utilized for their intended purpose while mitigating the risk of falling victim to fraudulent schemes. This factsheet provides a person… Read More

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Exploring the Traits of Medicare MSA Plans

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, so do the options available for Medicare beneficiaries. One such option gaining traction is the Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan. Designed to provide a unique blend of control, flexibility, and financial freedom, the MSA plan is worth considering for those seeking a personalized approach to their healthcare needs. 1. High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP): Balancing Costs and Coverage At the core of the Medicare MSA plan is the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). This plan structure offers beneficiaries a way to balance out-of-pocket expenses with coverage. The idea behind the HDHP is that you’ll have a higher deductible to meet before your… Read More

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Decoding Medicare Supplement Charts

So, you’re on the quest to unravel the complexities of Medicare supplement plans, and in your journey, you’ve stumbled upon the elusive “Medicare Supplement Comparison Chart.” It’s like a mosaic of options, donning a variety of colors and fonts, yet each one is strangely reminiscent of the other. But what exactly are these charts? What secrets do they hold? Well, that’s what we’re here to uncover today. Cracking Open the Chart Imagine this: you’re face-to-face with a Medicare Supplement Comparison Chart. But what’s beneath the surface? Every column you see represents one of the ten available Medigap plans up for grabs – think Plans A, B, C, D, F, G,… Read More

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CMS announces lower Medicare Part D premium for 2024 

According to an official statement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday, the projected average total premium for Part D beneficiaries is anticipated to decrease by 1.8% in 2024. This reduction would bring the average monthly premium down to $55.50 from the 2023 figure of $56.49. The computed average monthly premium for Medicare Part D coverage in 2024, at $55.50, encompasses the combined average basic premium and the supplementary premium for plans featuring enhanced coverage. CMS emphasizes that this projection offers the most precise estimate of individuals’ 2024 Part D premium expenses. In addition to this update, CMS has disclosed several other important figures for the… Read More

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