Open Enrollment 2023: Key Reminders and Deadline

Are you ready for Open Enrollment? If not, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with all the key information you need to make the most of this opportunity to secure health coverage for you and your loved ones. Open Enrollment for 2023 is just around the corner, beginning on November 1. However, it’s crucial to mark your calendars with the DEADLINE REMINDER: December 15th is the last day to enroll for coverage that kicks in on January 1st. For current Pennie customers, here are some important reminders: For those who are potential Pennie customers, here’s what you need to know: Why choose Pennie for your health coverage? Pennie offers… Read More

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Updated No Surprises Act and IDR Guidance

Recent developments in healthcare legislation have brought changes to the No Surprises Act’s independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. Issued by the Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS), FAQ Part 62 provides essential updates regarding the qualifying payment amount (QPA) calculation methodology and the disclosure requirements for out-of-network (OON) air ambulance services. Moreover, the federal IDR portal has reopened, streamlining the resolution of billing disputes. The No Surprises Act Overview The No Surprises Act, a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, aims to protect patients from surprise medical bills. It places limits on out-of-network cost-sharing and bans balance billing in various situations, such as emergency… Read More

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New Federal Rules: HHS 2023 Penalty Hike

In the world of healthcare compliance, staying up to date with federal regulations and guidelines is crucial to avoid costly penalties. One such regulation that affects healthcare providers and group health plans is the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, commonly known as the “Inflation Adjustment Act.” This act directs federal agencies to adjust civil monetary penalties to account for inflation. In a recent development, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final rules on October 6, 2023, updating the civil monetary penalties for inflation. Understanding the Updated Penalties The adjusted penalties are applicable to penalties assessed on or after October 6, 2023. It’s… Read More

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Court Vacates Coupon Cost-Sharing Rule

On September 29, 2023, a significant legal development occurred that could affect how health insurance carriers and group health plans handle manufacturer coupons for prescription drugs. The District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allowed, but did not mandate, the inclusion of manufacturer coupons in calculating the cost-sharing for health plans. In this blog post, we’ll explore the background of this issue, the 2019 HHS rule, and the subsequent legal decisions that have led to this recent development. HHS’s 2019 Rule In 2019, HHS issued a rule to clarify this matter. The rule stated that plans… Read More

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Affordable Dental Insurance: A Key Player in Oral Health

Dental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and a recent survey has shed light on the satisfaction levels of Americans with their dental insurance plans. The results, published in a press release by AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans) on September 26, 2023, provide an insightful perspective on the state of dental insurance in the United States. The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group (GSG) on behalf of AHIP, focused on individuals who have dental insurance and have visited dental specialists, including dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists, in the past year. The findings from the survey paint a positive picture of Americans’ experiences with their dental insurance plans. Key… Read More

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Financial Support Soars for Mental Health Integration

Mental health is an essential component of overall well-being, and every American deserves access to quality mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Access to mental health care can be a transformative step in managing and coping with mental health concerns, allowing individuals to lead more fulfilling lives. This article explores the importance of integrating mental health services into other care settings and highlights the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) as a promising approach to enhance access to mental health care. Expanding Access Through Integration Integrating mental health into broader healthcare settings is a pivotal strategy to increase accessibility and support for patients. The Collaborative Care Model, often abbreviated as CoCM,… Read More

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The Secrets to Patient Loyalty in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is undergoing a transformation like never before. In an era of insurgent competitors and changing payment models, the COVID-19 pandemic acted as a pressure test, accelerating the pace of disruption and digital adoption. Now, there’s a unique opportunity for healthcare to make loyalty central to its mission. From earning consumer trust to establishing brand relevance, the industry is evolving in profound ways, reshaping patient experiences to boost retention and a sense of belonging. Both healthcare providers and payers are re-engineering how they connect with their customers to earn their loyalty during this time of unprecedented change. At first glance, the concept of “loyalty” in healthcare may seem… Read More

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Small Business, Big Benefits: Health Coverage for All

In the United States, the landscape of healthcare is a complex one, with various options available to individuals and families. One of the most significant sources of health coverage for Americans is employer-provided coverage. This type of coverage is a health plan, or a selection of health plans and other benefits, purchased by an employer and offered to eligible employees and their dependents. It’s a system that plays a crucial role in ensuring that millions of hardworking individuals and their families have access to quality healthcare. Affordable Access to Care The primary advantage of employer-provided coverage is its affordability. Employees’ contributions to their health coverage are tax-free, which means that… Read More

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2023 Rule Alert: How Will It Affect Fixed Indemnity Plans?

In today’s world, the rising costs of healthcare have left many Americans grappling with the financial burden of medical expenses. While comprehensive health insurance is essential, fixed indemnity health insurance has emerged as a valuable supplemental resource, offering financial protection to individuals when they need it the most. This blog explores the concept of fixed indemnity health insurance and its importance in providing financial peace of mind to Americans. Fixed Indemnity Insurance: This supplemental insurance differs from major medical plans. It pays a fixed sum directly to you when specific medical events, like doctor visits or hospital stays, occur. While it doesn’t cover all the essential health benefits mandated by… Read More

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The Value of Employee Health Benefits

In today’s world, where healthcare costs can be a significant burden on individuals and families, employer-provided health coverage stands out as a vital resource. More than half of all Americans – over 180 million hardworking individuals and their families – rely on their jobs to secure access to healthcare. In this blog, we’ll explore the invaluable benefits of employer-provided coverage and how it offers affordable access to care, improved health, and peace of mind. Affordable Access to Care Healthcare expenses can quickly add up, and without insurance, it can be a daunting task to manage them. However, for millions of Americans, the path to affordable healthcare begins with their employers.… Read More

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Medicaid Redetermination Updates: Your Next Steps

The COVID-19 emergency has reshaped our lives in numerous ways since its onset in 2020. As we emerge from this challenging period, it’s crucial to stay informed about the changing landscape of healthcare programs, specifically Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). The government is resuming its yearly process of Medicaid Redetermination to ensure that those who need these programs the most can continue to benefit from them. What is Medicaid Redetermination? Medicaid Redetermination is the process by which the government verifies the eligibility of individuals enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. This procedure is vital to keep Medicaid strong and functional while ensuring that resources are allocated to those who… Read More

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No Child Left Uninsured: Innovative Solutions in Healthcare

Millions of children rely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for their health and well-being. However, the redetermination process can sometimes pose challenges for their parents. In this article, we explore the innovative efforts undertaken by health insurance providers to ensure that children maintain access to healthcare, regardless of their parents’ circumstances. Medicaid plays a crucial role in American healthcare, improving the health and financial security of millions of individuals daily. It’s particularly vital for the 42 million children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. While parents may face hurdles during the Medicaid redetermination process, children often remain eligible for these programs or can transition to CHIP. Health… Read More

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2024 Healthcare Premiums Revealed: The Impact Factors

The American Health Insurance Providers (AHIP) Association is committed to ensuring that every American has access to affordable and comprehensive health coverage. With nearly 21 million Americans enrolled in the individual market for the 2023 plan year, it’s crucial to understand the factors that will influence individual market premiums in 2024 and beyond. In this blog post, we’ll delve into some of the key drivers shaping the future of individual market premiums. Factors Driving Premium Changes in 2024 As we look ahead to 2024, several key factors will influence individual market premiums: Increasing Provider Costs: The rising cost of medical services provided by doctors and hospitals contributes significantly to premium… Read More

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2024 ACA Affordability Shake-Up: Are You Ready?

Are you ready for some important news regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? The IRS has just released an update that could impact your organization’s healthcare offerings. In this blog post, we’ll break down the latest announcement and what it means for employers and employees alike. If you’re interested in diving deeper, be sure to download our PDF for more information. IRS Announces 2024 ACA Affordability Indexed Amount The IRS recently made an important announcement in Revenue Procedure 2023-29 regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) affordability indexed amount under the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP) requirements. This announcement is significant for employers as it affects the calculation of penalties related… Read More

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MLR Rebate Checks Unveiled: A Must-Read for Employers

Every year, insurance carriers are required to meet specific Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) thresholds, ensuring that a significant portion of collected premiums goes toward medical care and improving healthcare quality. For the large group market, this threshold stands at 85 cents for every premium dollar collected, while in the small group market, it’s 80 cents. If these thresholds are not met, employers are in for a timely financial boost, in the form of premium credits or checks. MLR Rebate Deadline: September 30, 2023 The clock is ticking. If your insurance carrier falls short of the MLR threshold, they are obligated to distribute MLR checks to employers by September 30, 2023.… Read More

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Understanding the Updates to the Davis Bacon and Related Acts

On August 8, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) made a significant announcement that will have a substantial impact on federal construction contracts and projects receiving federal assistance. The long-awaited final rule related to the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) was released, ushering in a series of comprehensive updates and changes. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the key points of this final rule, with a focus on how it affects fringe benefit administration. The Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA): A Quick Overview The DBRA, which has been in place for decades, is a set of labor laws that pertain to contracts issued by the federal government… Read More

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Benefits Notices: What Employers Need to Know

As an employer, it is important to be aware of the various benefits notices that you are required to provide to your employees. These notices are designed to inform employees of their rights and benefits under various laws and regulations. Failure to provide these notices can result in penalties and legal action. One of the notices that employers with 1-19 employees are required to provide is the Part D Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice or Non-Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice. This notice is provided to Medicare-eligible individuals who are offered prescription drug coverage under the employer’s group health plan. It must be provided annually prior to October 15th, upon request, and at… Read More

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Elevate Your Productivity with Better BenAdmin

In a fast-paced world, time is of the essence. We’re all too familiar with the feeling of being buried under a mountain of administrative tasks, wishing for an extra set of hands or a few more hours in the day. Well, wish no more! Enter Better BenAdmin, the game-changer powered by EBM (Efficiency-Boosting Machine). Seamless Schedule Management Scheduling headaches? Not anymore. Better BenAdmin effortlessly handles your calendar, ensuring that appointments are well-organized and conflicts are a thing of the past. No more double-bookings or time wasted on manual scheduling. Effortless Email Handling Say goodbye to the endless email backlog. Better BenAdmin sorts, filters, and responds to emails with precision and… Read More

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Choosing the Right Health Insurance: HMO vs. PPO

When it comes to health insurance, understanding the differences between various plans is crucial for making an informed decision. Two common types of health insurance plans are Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). While both offer coverage for medical expenses, they have distinct features that can significantly impact your healthcare experience and costs. In this blog, we’ll explore three key differences between PPOs and HMOs to help you decide which one aligns better with your needs. 1. Network Flexibility: PPO: Preferred Provider Organizations are known for their expansive networks of healthcare providers. This includes a wide array of specialists and the option to seek care from out-of-network… Read More

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Annual Health Insurance Check-Up: Don’t Miss Out!

Health insurance is vital for your well-being, providing financial protection and access to essential healthcare. But it’s not a one-time decision. Did you know that reviewing your health insurance plan annually is crucial to ensure it still fits your needs and budget? In this blog, we’ll explore why this check-up is essential and provide key enrollment dates. Plus, we’re here to assist you every step of the way! Why an Annual Review Matters: Enrollment Dates: Let’s talk about the enrollment dates you need to remember: How We Can Help: Navigating health insurance can be complex, but you’re not alone. Our expert team is ready to assist you in reviewing your… Read More

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What’s New in the 2023 ACA Open Enrollment?

The 2023 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment period is upon us, marking a significant milestone as Health Insurance Marketplaces open their doors for the tenth year. From November 1, 2022, to January 15, 2023, individuals and families have the opportunity to secure comprehensive healthcare coverage. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the key changes and updates for this year’s open enrollment, focusing on insights gathered from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s informative article titled “Nine Changes to Watch in Open Enrollment 2023” [source: www.kff.org/policy-watch/nine-changes-to-watch-in-open-enrollment-2023/]. As the ACA Open Enrollment enters its tenth year, changes abound, ensuring improved access, affordability, and assistance for individuals and families seeking healthcare coverage. Staying… Read More

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HOW PEOS ARE HELPING SMBS MEET MARKET DISRUPTORS HEAD ON

The modern world is driven by convenience and customization, SMBs included. Digitization, remote-friendly roles, and a generational shift in the workforce all impact today’s employee experience. When this experience is lacking, it can be costly to companies in more ways than one.    click here to read the story from PEO insider Total Benefit Solutions Inc is dedicated to providing a comprehensive selection of solutions for the small business owner including the comparison of PEO’s to the typical employee benefits experience. Contact us today at (215)355-2121 to inquire about the possibility of using a PEO for your organization.

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Exploring PEOs: Efficiency and Compliance Solutions

In today’s business landscape, optimizing operations and compliance is an ongoing challenge. Enter PEOs – Professional Employer Organizations. PEOs offer outsourcing solutions that reshape how companies handle HR and administrative tasks. Let’s dive into the world of PEOs and unveil their potential advantages and drawbacks. A “PEO,” or Professional Employer Organization, forms a strategic partnership where businesses team up with experts to manage HR and admin functions. This collaboration lets companies offload tasks like payroll, benefits, and compliance, ideal for small to mid-sized businesses aiming to streamline while focusing on core activities. Pros of PEOs: Cons of PEOs: In conclusion, PEOs provide a promising avenue for businesses aiming to bolster… Read More

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IRS Addresses COVID-19 Testing and HDHP Treatment

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, high deductible health plans (“HDHPs”) can provide coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment before the minimum deductible is satisfied without jeopardizing an individual’s ability to have tax-favored contributions made to their health savings account (“HSA”). This relief remains in effect pending future IRS guidance.On June 24, 2023, the IRS issued Notice 2023-37, announcing that this relief will sunset with respect to plan years ending on or before December 31, 2024. In addition, IRS Notice 2023-37 states that HDHPs may continue to provide first-dollar coverage for preventive care with an “A” or “B” rating by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (“USPSTF”), prior… Read More

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Unlock Your Best Health: 5 Must-Know Tips & Tools!

Five major tips and resources for maintaining overall health and wellness: Remember, it’s important to personalize these tips to your individual needs and consult with healthcare professionals before making significant changes to your lifestyle. We’re committed to providing exceptional support, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121. We’re here to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

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