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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Request to lower an Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA)

If you’ve had a life-changing event that reduced your household income, you can ask to lower the additional amount you’ll pay for Medicare Part B and Part D. Life-changing events include marriage, divorce, the death of a spouse, loss of income, and an employer settlement payment. Amended income tax returns Call +1 800-772-1213 and tell the representative you want to lower your Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) if you had an amended income tax return. Fax or mail your request Fill out the Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount-Life-changing Event (SSA-44) (PDF) form. Fax or mail your completed form and evidence to a Social Security office. For support completing this task call +1 800-772-1213… Read More

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Increases in Premium Found in Health Benefits Survey

The latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) concerning employer-sponsored health benefits found modest increases in employers’ and employees’ costs in 2022. In its 24th Employer Health Benefits Survey (EHBS), KFF found the average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2022 were $7,911 for single coverage and $22,463 for family coverage. These amounts were up from $7,739 and $22,221 in the previous year, respectively – an increase of $172.00 for single coverage and $242.00 for family coverage. The average family coverage premium is up 20% over the past five years and up 43% during the past 10 years. Small vs. Large Employers In 2022, workers insured through their employers at both… Read More

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What Does the Medicare Part D Benefit Look Like in 2023?

The standard design of the Medicare Part D benefit currently has four distinct phases, where the share of drug costs paid by Part D enrollees, Part D plans, drug manufacturers, and Medicare varies (Figure 1). (The Part D enrollee shares reflect costs paid by enrollees who are not receiving low-income subsidies.) 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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Aetna members can soon use their OTC benefit at CVS

Starting July 1, members who have an over-the-counter (OTC) benefit administered by OTC Health Solutions, can purchase eligible OTC items in person at all CVS stores (except for CVS pharmacies inside Target or Schnuck stores), in addition to ordering them by phone and online. This will make it even easier for members to take advantage of this popular benefit. Members can use the store locator link, or call 1-833-331-1573 (TTY: 711) to find a store.  Contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialist at (215)-355-2121 if you have any questions or concerns.

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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.

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What Are Medicare Guaranteed Issue Rights?

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Benefits Broker

Analyzing these ten critical questions in relation to your organization’s needs will help you make a more informed decision about your benefits broker

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Aetna Small Group (2-100) Insured & Small Group Aetna Funding Advantage FAQ
Health Plan options for business owners during COVID-19 pandemic

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5 reasons you may want to switch Medigap policies

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Heard of Reference Based Pricing Health Insurance?

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How Does Level Self Funded Health Insurance Work?

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 your group’s health insurance might be a good for for your health plan! Contact your Total Benefit Solutions Account manager at (215)355-2121.

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Does Medicare Cover Oral Surgery?

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ARPA Extends Open Enrollment for Individual Coverage in PA

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What is Minimum Essential Coverage or MEC health insurance?

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New COBRA Subsidy Begins April 1st under COVID Relief

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Onboarding Employees with Total Benefit Solutions

This quick and simple video shows you how easy it is to enroll your employees onto your group health insurance and benefits when you are working with Total Benefit Solutions, Inc! Make it easier for you call us today at (215)355-2121

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8 things to know about Medigap policies

Medicare Supplements or Medigap Plans A Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy, sold by private companies, can help pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Some Medigap policies also offer coverage for services that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like medical care when you travel outside the U.S. If you have Original Medicare and you buy a Medigap policy, Medicare will pay its share of the Medicare-approved amount for covered health care costs. Then your Medigap policy pays its share. A Medigap policy is different from a Medicare Advantage Plan. Those plans are ways to get Medicare benefits, while a Medigap policy… Read More

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Can I Work and Have Medicare?

Some individuals, maybe even you, will still be actively employed upon becoming eligible for Medicare. Can you enroll in Medicare while you’re still in the work force, and if not, will you get a penalty? If the employer has fewer than 20 employees, you’ll probably want to enroll in Parts A, B, and D upon becoming eligible for them. In this situation, Medicare usually becomes your primary coverage. If the employer has 20 employees or more, you may want to delay Parts A, B, and/or D if you have sufficient group coverage and know you won’t incur late enrollment penalties. Medicare usually pays second to group coverage from larger employers.… Read More

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