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
Horizon BCBSNJ Updated COVID-19 Resource Guide
Updated COVID-19 Resource Guide Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ending on May 11, 2023, Horizon BCBSNJ has announced that certain provisions that had been put in place for members and customers during the PHE will go back to pre-COVID-19 coverage beginning May 12, 2023, including: Vaccines Members will not have to pay anything out of pocket for the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters when they use an in-network provider. COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Members will continue to have coverage for lab PCR and Rapid COVID-19 tests and treatment when received in network; however, members may have to pay their copay, deductible and/or coinsurance. If members have out-of-network coverage… Read MoreContinue Reading
12 Tips for Maximizing Your High Deductible
Nearly 40% of people have a health care plan with a high deductible. An even higher percentage of people wish they had a lower deductible (who wouldn’t?!). And with medical bills being the leading cause of bankruptcies, it is important to understand how to maximize your high deductible so that you can stay afloat in case something unexpected were to happen. 1. Find Out What’s Free Many routine services are free. Instead of staying home to save money, you could get a free screening for preventative care. Common services covered are colonoscopies, mammograms, and vaccinations. About 90% of people with high deductible plans don’t know that such services are free.… 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
Small Group – Form 1095-B: Who receives it and why
Form 1095-B is a health insurance tax form used to report certain information to the IRS and taxpayers about individuals who are covered by Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC). What are the IRS reporting requirements? The ACA requires individuals to obtain and report that they had MEC or otherwise qualify for an exemption from the requirement. However, there is no longer an individual tax penalty following the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Individuals may need Form 1095-B to demonstrate MEC for nontax-related purposes. The ACA also requires certain employers to offer all full-time employees and their dependents MEC to meet affordability and minimum value standards. This is known as the… Read MoreContinue 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
ACA: Special Election Cheat Sheet
Download our SEP Cheat Sheet. Know your health insurance SEP to get enrolled outside of the annual open enrollment period. As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance experts for more specific information about your situation at (215)355-2121 https://www.totalbenefits.netContinue 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
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
What is Stop Loss Coverage?
Stop-loss insurance, in combination with a self-funded group health plan, is a type of coverage that protects companies from catastrophic or unexpected medical claims. Why choose a plan with stop-loss coverage? Protecting a company financially is critical and stop-loss is an employer’s safety net. With the Self-Funded Program, , stop-loss insurance is always included in employers’ monthly payments. This protects the employer against higher-than-expected claims. With level-funding, employers will never have to pay more than the amount, agreed upon up front, that they are responsible for funding the claims account each year. By choosing a self-funded plan with stop-loss coverage, employers limit their risk, protect themselves against high claims, and have… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is vision coverage?
A health benefit that at least partially covers vision care, like eye exams and glasses. All the plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace include vision coverage for children. Only some plans include vision coverage for adults. If adult vision coverage is important to you, check the details of any plan you’re considering. If your plan doesn’t include adult vision coverage, you can buy a “stand-alone” vision plan to reduce your vision care expenses. The Marketplace doesn’t offer stand-alone vision plans. To shop for stand-alone vision plans, contact an insurance agent or broker, or search for plans online. You can also contact your state’s Department of Insurance. As always, don’t hesitate… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is a drug formulary?
The drug formulary is a list of medications that have been selected by an insurance company for their medical effectiveness, positive results, and value. The formulary includes generic medications and a defined list of brand medications. Sometimes it includes specialty mediations. Most formularies will have exclusions, or drugs not covered by your plan. You maximize your benefits when you purchase formulary medications. Your health insurance specialists at Total Benefit Solutions, In. can help you understand your plan’s formulary and how to find or search that list. Contact us today at (215)355-2121 if you have questions about your health insurance plan’s drug coverage.Continue Reading
What is a Family Premium?
Under the Affordability for Employer Coverage for Family Members of Employees IRS rule, “family members” are individuals who will be on the same federal income tax return — so, an individual, plus their spouse if married and filing jointly, plus any dependents that they (and their spouse, if applicable) claim. The “family premium” is the premium for the lowest-cost employer plan that would cover all members of the tax household who are offered coverage by the employer. Have any questions regarding this notice? Please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
What is Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)?
The figure used to determine eligibility for premium tax credits and other savings for Marketplace health insurance plans and for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). MAGI is adjusted gross income (AGI) plus these, if any: untaxed foreign income, non-taxable Social Security benefits, and tax-exempt interest. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
What is the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)?
An easy-to-read summary that lets you make apples-to-apples comparisons of costs and coverage between health plans. You can compare options based on price, benefits, and other features that may be important to you. You’ll get the “Summary of Benefits and Coverage” (SBC) when you shop for coverage on your own or through your job, renew or change coverage, or request an SBC from the health insurance company. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue 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
What is a Qualified Health Plan?
An insurance plan that’s certified by the Health Insurance Marketplace®, provides essential health benefits, follows established limits on cost-sharing (like deductibles, copayments, and out-of-pocket maximum amounts), and meets other requirements under the Affordable Care Act. All qualified health plans meet the Affordable Care Act requirement for having health coverage, known as “minimum essential coverage.” As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
What is cost sharing?
The share of costs covered by your insurance that you out of your own pocket. This term generally includes deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments, or similar charges, but it doesn’t include premiums, balance billing amounts for non-network providers, or the cost of non-covered services. Cost sharing in Medicaid and CHIP also includes premiums. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Can consumers who qualify for COBRA continuation coverage opt out of it and get coverage through the Marketplace instead?
Consumers who qualify for COBRA coverage can opt out of it and enroll in Marketplace coverage. However, voluntarily terminating COBRA continuation coverage does not make a consumer eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) based on loss of the COBRA continuation coverage. Note that all qualified enrollees eligible for COBRA continuation coverage can get the Marketplace subsidy, not just the employee who qualifies for the COBRA benefit, as long as they are not actually enrolled in the COBRA continuation coverage. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Open Enrollment Tips from Total Benefit Solutions!
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What is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)?
A type of health insurance plan that usually limits coverage to care from doctors who work for or contract with the HMO. It generally won’t cover out-of-network care except in an emergency. An HMO may require you to live or work in its service area to be eligible for coverage. HMOs often provide integrated care and focus on prevention and wellness. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
What is the Marketplace?
Shorthand for the “Health Insurance Marketplace®,” a shopping and enrollment service for medical insurance created by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. In most states, the federal government runs the Marketplace (sometimes know as the “exchange”) for individuals and families. On the web, it’s found at HealthCare.gov. Some states run their own Marketplace at different websites. Fill out a Marketplace application and you’ll find out if you qualify for lower monthly premiums or savings on out-of-pocket costs based on your income. You may find out if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You can shop for and enroll in affordable medical insurance online, by phone,… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is a premium?
The amount you pay for your health insurance every month. In addition to your premium, you usually have to pay other costs for your health care, including a deductible, copayments, and coinsurance. If you have a Marketplace health plan, you may be able to lower your costs with a premium tax credit. When shopping for a plan, keep in mind that the plan with the lowest monthly premium may not be the best match for you. If you need much health care, a plan with slightly higher premium but a lower deductible may save you a lot of money. After you enroll in a plan, you must pay your first… Read MoreContinue Reading
Health Insurance Shopping Is Confusing!
The professionals at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc are here to help you find the right coverage for you or your small business! our health insurance experts Are certified, licensed and experienced to help you deal with ACA plans (Obamacare), Medicare supplements, short term medical and small group health plans too! Call us today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Can consumers who qualify for COBRA continuation coverage opt out of it and get coverage through the Marketplace instead?
Consumers who qualify for COBRA coverage can opt out of it and enroll in Marketplace coverage. However, voluntarily terminating COBRA continuation coverage does not make a consumer eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) based on loss of the COBRA continuation coverage. Note that all qualified enrollees eligible for COBRA continuation coverage can get the Marketplace subsidy, not just the employee who qualifies for the COBRA benefit, as long as they are not actually enrolled in the COBRA continuation coverage. Please contact your trusted Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading