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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Special Enrollment Period Extended: Florida Emergency Declaration – Hurricane Idalia

Please be advised that a state of emergency was extended for certain Florida counties. This declaration allows for a one-time Special Enrollment Period (SEP), in the event beneficiaries were unable to make an election during another qualifying election period. Please reference the following guidelines for the incident period. This DST-SEP applies to the Florida counties listed below. Important Compliance Information Who is eligible: This SEP opportunity is ONLY available to beneficiaries who:​ Details : Impacted Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas,… Read More

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Disaster Special Election Periods in several states

This is an important announcement for customers in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas and for those with business in these states. The counties below are under a federal or state designated SEP due to an emergency. Applications for disaster SEP are only accepted as long as the SEP declaration is in place. For the most recent information, if a deadline is not specified below, please use Producers’ University’s Ongoing SEP tracker. Applications for SEPs submitted after the declaration date of that SEP will not be accepted. IMPORTANT : Please be aware The SEP begins on the date of the incident’s start, if that occurs earlier, or on the declaration date. The SEP… 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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2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2025 Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies (the Rate Announcement). The objectives set forth by CMS for Medicare and Part D align with our overall program vision for the agency, which includes advancing health justice, promoting affordability and the Medicare program’s sustainability, and driving comprehensive, person-centered care. Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement 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… 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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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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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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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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The Benefits of Short-Term Health Insurance

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 More

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Health Insurance Broker Change Leads to Better Results

Watch Video 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 and Human Resource Director to review the following: The corporate goals and philosophy regarding employee benefits The benefit structure and costs of their present programs Options for cost containment strategies How to integrate wellness into their benefits portfolio Methods for better communication of the benefit programs to employees The Result The customer was pleased… Read More

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AmeriHealth New Jersey prepares to comply with new Transparency requirements

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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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What is a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan?

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What Is a Health Savings Account?

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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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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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ARPA Extends Open Enrollment for Individual Coverage in PA

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Enrollment Period at Get Covered New Jersey Extended

More information on the American Rescue Plan Act changes may be found on the Get Covered New Jersey website. Contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialist to get enrolled or if you have any questions or concerns at (215)355-2121

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