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
ACA special enrollment period opens soon for people losing Medicaid coverage
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will open an ACA special enrollment period (SEP) for people losing Medicaid coverage due to the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The PHE ends May 11. The ACA SEP aims to maintain continuity of coverage as people transition from Medicaid into a Marketplace-qualified health plan. It runs March 31 to July 31, 2023. Have any questions regarding this notice? Don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
The End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: How will telemedicine be affected?
On Jan. 30, 2023, the Biden Administration announce it will end the public health emergency (and national emergency) declarations on May 11, 2023. Telemedicine What’s changing: Some flexibilities associated with providing health care via telehealth during the public health emergency will end. What’s the same: Expanded telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries was once tied to the public health emergency but, due to recent legislation, will remain unchanged through December 31, 2024. Most private insurers already covered telemedicine before the pandemic. In Medicaid, states have broad authority to cover telehealth without federal approval. Most states have made, or plan to make, some Medicaid telehealth flexibilities permanent. Have any questions regarding this notice?… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is an agent and broker?
A trained insurance professional who can help you enroll in a health insurance plan. Agents may work or a single health insurance company; brokers may represent several companies. You won’t pay anything additional if you enroll with an agent or broker. As always, don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns today at (215)355-2121.Continue 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
Notice: White House announces COVID-19 PHE and National Emergency will be allowed to expire
On January 30, 2023, the White House announced its plan to allow the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and National Emergency periods to expire on May 11, 2023. We have provided example scenarios in the Compliance Alert that demonstrate the impact of the national emergency period expiration. We encourage you to review each example to determine the impact on your specific plan(s). Although we encourage you to review the entire Compliance Alert, we have provided a summary of the content for your review: Public Health Emergency During the PHE, group health plans are required to cover the cost of COVID-19 tests and testing-related services without cost-sharing or prior authorization or… Read MoreContinue Reading
The End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: How will PCR and rapid tests be affected?
On Jan. 30, 2023, the Biden Administration announced it will end the public health emergency (and national emergency) declarations on May 11, 2023. PCR and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health professional What’s changing: Although most insured people will still have coverage of COVID tests ordered or administered by a health professional, these tests may no longer be free. What’s the same: Uninsured people in most states were not eligible for the temporary Medicaid pathway for COVID testing and therefore will continue to pay full price for tests unless they can get tested through a free clinic or community health center. Have any questions regarding this notice? Don’t… 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
UHC: Short Term Medical no longer offered in DE & SD, starting February 17, 2023
Effective February 17, 2023, the United Healthcare-branded Short Term Medical product, underwritten by Golden Rule Insurance Company will no longer be available for new sales in Delaware and South Dakota. View the updated product availability grid. This change does not affect existing business of this product in these states. Current customers can keep their coverage until the plan’s term date if they continue plan payments and meet the eligibility requirements of their plan. As always, don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Pennsylvania resumed their redetermination process for current Medicaid members February 1, 2023. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided states with additional Medicaid funding. To receive additional funding, a state was required to pause all Medicaid disenrollment. The pause on Medicaid disenrollment is now ending and states will resume Medicaid redeterminations of eligibility and disenrollment of those determined to be ineligible for Medicaid coverage. Loss of eligibility for Medicaid is a Qualifying Event for Special Enrollment on the Marketplace. Many of these individuals could be eligible for financial assistance on the Marketplace and will need enrollment assistance from a broker. Visit the Medicaid Redetermination Resource Center for important updates… Read MoreContinue Reading
Air Ambulance Reporting Update
As previously reported, group health plans will be required to submit information related to air ambulance claims to the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). In a September 2021 proposed rule, the regulators expected that rulemaking would be finalized during 2021, and that plans and carriers would be required to submit the data for calendar year 2022 by March 31, 2023, and the data for calendar year 2023 by March 31, 2024. However, under the statute, the reporting is not due until regulations are final, and the proposed rule has not been finalized. As a result, absent further guidance, there should be no reporting requirement in 2023. HHS has… Read MoreContinue Reading
Stay Up to Date on the Affordability of Employer Coverage and the Family Glitch with These Resources
beginning on January 1, 2023, the new rule on affordability of employer coverage for the family members of employees went into place and changed how affordability is calculated for employees’ family members. To assist employers in understanding this rule change, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a resource outlining the most important takeaways for employers. Employers can use this resource to understand the family glitch and how it affects them and their employees. You can view this resource here. Have any questions regarding this notice? Don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue 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
Independence: Additional MLR rebates for 2020 to be issued to some policyholders
Starting this week, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) will be issuing an additional medical loss ratio (MLR) rebate to affected customers and subscribers for a portion of their 2020 health insurance premiums. The check mailing will continue until the end of February. The additional rebate is being issued following a clarification on MLR calculation provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a result of the clarification, we looked at prior year calculations and determined an additional amount was due for 2020. Any applicable interest has been included in the amount of each check. Click here for the full story As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions,… Read MoreContinue Reading
DOL Penalties Increase for 2023
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has published the annual adjustments for 2023 that increase certain penalties applicable to employee benefit plans. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns today at (215)355-2121.Continue 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
Explore Blue KC Small Group Dental Plans and Rates for New Business
Oral health is a key component of overall health and dental coverage, starting with regular checkups, can help prevent health issues and medical costs down the road. Blue KC small employer group dental coverage offers a selection of plans – with no waiting period – an extensive local and national provider network, competitive rates, plus a rewards program. Don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Pennie: 1095-A Tax Form Available for Customers
The 1095-A tax form has been delivered to Pennie customers for their 2022 tax returns. The 2022 1095-A Form: Health Insurance Marketplace Statement has been delivered to customers’ Pennie Secure inboxes. Important: The 1095-A reflects a Pennie customer’s 2022 enrollment information. Click here to learn more about 1095-A forms. Have any questions regarding your Pennie account or the 1095-A tax form? Don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue 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
Dental coverage in the Marketplace
In the Marketplace, you can pick a health plan with or without dental benefits. If you pick a health plan without dental benefits, you can still get a separate dental plan. Important: You can’t buy a Marketplace dental plan unless you’re buying a health plan at the same time. Dental coverage is available in 2 ways: Have any questions regarding this notice? Don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
10 Things to Know About Medicaid Managed Care
Managed care plays a major role in the delivery of health care to Medicaid enrollees. With 69% of Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in comprehensive managed care plans nationally, plans have played a key role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the fiscal implications for states. This brief describes 10 themes related to the use of comprehensive, risk-based managed care in the Medicaid program and highlights significant data and trends. Understanding these trends provides important context for the role managed care organizations (MCOs) play in the Medicaid program overall as well as during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and in its expected unwinding. CMS released guidance for state… Read MoreContinue Reading
Four Key Changes in the Biden Administration’s Final Rule on Medicare Enrollment and Eligibility
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on October 28, 2022, to implement several changes in Medicare enrollment and eligibility that were included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA). These changes are designed to minimize gaps in coverage for people who sign up for Medicare and improve access to care by shortening the gap between Medicare enrollment and coverage; creating new Special Enrollment Periods for individuals whose coverage would otherwise be delayed due to challenging circumstances, such as a natural disaster; and extending coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for certain beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who would otherwise lose coverage for these drugs… Read MoreContinue Reading