Key Facts You Need to Know About: Cost-Sharing Reductions

A recent analysis shows that more than 2 million marketplace enrollees who are eligible for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) are foregoing this extra level of financial assistance by enrolling in plans that do not qualify. Consumers can receive CSRs only if they enroll in a silver level plan through their marketplace. Many of those who chose not to receive CSRs are likely enrolling in bronze plans with lower premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs. It’s important to communicate the benefits and trade-offs of receiving CSRs to the consumers you are assisting, especially those with significant health care needs. To learn more about cost-sharing reductions, check out this helpful resource from the Center on Budget… Read More

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New Law Clarifies Employer Mandate and HSA Eligibility for Veterans

  On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.S. 3236, Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.  Notably, the law makes changes affecting the employer mandate and HSA eligibility as to individuals who are (or were formerly) service members. Click here to download the bulletin

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Video: Are you eligible for a special enrollment period?

You might think that you have to wait for the annual open enrollment period to get enrolled. Think again! You may be eligible for a special enrollment period. Watch this short video to learn more, and then call us at  (215)355-2121!    

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Health Reform: Is Your Company Ready for the New Reporting Requirements?

Health Reform: Is Your Company Ready for the New Reporting Requirements? In 2016, employers with at least 50 full-time employees (FTEs) must provide Forms 1095-C to their employees and to the IRS. This new requirement applies to both insured and self-insured medical plans. The forms require, in part, tracking per each month in 2015 per each FTE: the tier of health plan coverage offered (e.g., employee-only, employee+spouse, or no coverage offered); the self-only premium an employee must pay for the lowest-cost plan that provides minimum value; and the reason why an employer would not be subject to a penalty for a particular month (e.g., employee is in a waiting period or the affordability… Read More

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Video: Turning 26? Here’s when to apply for health insurance

Video: Turning 26? Here’s when to apply for health insurance If you are turning 26 and still on your parent’s health insurance plan, first of all, happy birthday! And secondly, congratulations! You can now purchase your very own health insurance. In fact, once you turn 26, your parent’s can no longer cover you under their health plan. Remember, Independence Blue Cross is just one of the many insurers that  Total Benefit Solutions works with, on the healthcare.gov marketplace, on the private market, in the senior market and also small groups. Call us at (215)355-2121 to see if IBC has a plan that’s a good fit for you, or click here for… Read More

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Health Care Reform: Taxes and Fees-PCORI Fee, Transitional Reinsurance Fee, Insurer Fee and Excise Tax

Health Care Reform: Taxes and Fees-PCORI Fee, Transitional Reinsurance Fee, Insurer Fee and Excise Tax   From United Healthcare: Taxes and fees under the health reform law impact both fully insured and self-funded plans. But, they impact funding types differently. Employers with self-funded health plans submit applicable health reform fees directly to the government, and those with fully insured health plans will see fees prorated into their premiums. The fees are prorated over 12 months. Here is what you need to know about these fees and how they will impact your business. Please note that this document, provided by United Healthcare, has carrier specific language, however please contact your Total Benefit… Read More

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Aetna: TV Commercial “Aetna works for my life”

    Enjoy the latest TV Commercial from Aetna. Remember, Aetna is just one of the many insurers that  Total Benefit Solutions works with, on the healthcare.gov marketplace, on the private market, in the senior market and also small groups. Call us at (215)355-2121 to see if Aetna has a plan that’s a good fit for you.  

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Download our Mid-Year Compliance Bulletin Compilation

Our Mid-year Compliance Bulletin Compilation is now available, featuring all of our released compliance bulletins for January through June. This document acts a resource for you to have all of the latest health reform information and updates in one place. You can click on a bulletin title in the table of contents and it will bring directly to the corresponding page. Click the link below to download the document.   2015_Compliance_Compilation_mid_year

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Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies

Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court confirmed in a 6-3 decision that premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies (referred to as “subsidies”) are available in the federal Health Insurance Marketplaces (also referred to as the “Exchange”). This ruling effectively removes any challenges to the ability of Exchanges to offer subsidies to qualified individuals. Please click the link below to read the entire bulletin. Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies – 062515R     Remember,Total Benefit Solutions can help all people get enrolled on a qualified health plan, on or off the healthcare.gov marketplace. Call us today for more information at (215)355-2121.

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CMS has approved applications from DE and PA to create state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces.

HR News Alert from HR360.com Brought to you by Total Benefit Solutions Inc June 17, 2015 Approval Dependent on Certain ConditionsThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has conditionally approved applications from Delaware and Pennsylvania to create state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces.Background Exchanges (also known as Health Insurance Marketplaces) provide an option for individuals to buy private health insurance. The Exchanges also operate the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) as an option for qualified small employers to purchase employee health coverage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final rules relating to Exchanges which include standards for their establishment and operation (among other things). The… Read More

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Lost your health coverage?

  Losing other health coverage, including losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and similar events. Coverage can take effect: The first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage Enrollment window: From 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage Important: If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. But you don’t get an SEP if you voluntarily drop: a job-based plan without leaving your job; an individual insurance plan; unexpired COBRA coverage; or… Read More

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Lost your health coverage?

  Losing other health coverage, including losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and similar events. Coverage can take effect: The first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage Enrollment window: From 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage Important: If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. But you don’t get an SEP if you voluntarily drop: a job-based plan without leaving your job; an individual insurance plan; unexpired COBRA coverage; or… Read More

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Gov. Wolf wants Pa. to operate Obamacare exchange

Gov. Wolf this week formally proposed setting up a state-based insurance marketplace, potentially protecting hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents from the consequences of a Supreme Court decision that could gut Obamacare later this month. Read more at philly.com Remember that your Total Benefit Solutions professionals are trained, licensed, insured and available to help compare, shop and enroll all affordable care act plans on the healthcare Marketplace and off.  As always contact us today if you have any questions or concerns at (215)355-2121.

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PPACA dropouts cut enrollment by 1.5 million

(Bloomberg) — About 1.5 million people dropped off health insurance coverage rolls this year after failing to pay for policies they picked on the Obamacare marketplaces. That left 10.2 million covered by Affordable Care Act policies as of March 31, up from 6.3 million at the end of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said today. Eighty- five percent got subsidies to help them afford coverage. Click here to read the story.

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FAQs Further Clarify New Embedded Out-of-Pocket Requirement

As reported earlier, starting with the 2016 plan year, the self-only annual limitation on cost sharing for non-grandfathered plans ($6,850 for 2016) applies to each individual, even if the individual is enrolled in family coverage. On May 26, 2015, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) issued new FAQs further clarifying this new rule, confirming that it applies to all non-grandfathered group health plans, including self-insured plans, large group health plans, and high deductible health plans. Click the link below to download the bulletin for further guidance. FAQs Further Clarify New Embedded Out-of-Pocket Requirement – 060115R  

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Total Benefit Solutions New Individual Dental & Vision Choices

As always at Total Benefit Solutions Inc, we are looking for ways to help our clients get the coverages they need. With our new dental and vision enrollment portal we can now offer individual dental and vision plans from top notch insurers like Delta Dental and Davis Vision. Easy to quote and easy to enroll! Try it today  and see for yourself by clicking here  

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Health Advocate: Medical Health Advisor

Total Benefit Solutions, Inc now offers the Medical Health Advisor benefit! Watch this short video and ask us how your organization can benefit from offering this personal health advocate service to your employees!  

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How do Tiered Network plans like the Keystone HMO Proactive and Horizon Omnia plans work?

Tiered or Narrow Network Plans: Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance carriers have introduced “tiered network”, or narrowed network plans. Keystone Proactive HMO Plans from Independence Blue Cross  have a unique  ” 3 tiered” network of providers. Although each carrier has different types of networks and benefit levels, the plans have the same general concept, steering the members by giving them a choice of providers that offer medical services at a lower out of pocket expense. Choosing a more expensive provider or facility may cost the member more out of pocket costs. United Healthcare offers 2 tiers in their “Navigate” plans, and Aetna uses “Savings Plus” designated providers to split… Read More

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Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health Insurance

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. Click here for the full story Still need insurance? Click here!

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2014 Compliance Bulletin Compilation

Download our 2014 Compliance Bulletin Compilation, featuring all of our released compliance bulletins for the entire year!  Topics include, Health Savings Accounts, The Individual Mandate, Employer “pay or play” mandate, exemptions, FSA carryovers and much, much more. All of the bulletins are in an easy to search format for your convenience. 2014 Compliance Compilation – Download As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-02121 if you have any further questions or concerns.

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CMS: New Transparency Tool Launched

   Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) increased transparency and oversight of health insurance premiums by launching a new tool designed to help consumers easily review rate increases requested by insurance companies in every state.  Under the Affordable Care Act, every premium rate increase of 10 percent or greater for non-grandfathered coverage in the individual and small group markets must be reviewed and made available for public scrutiny.  Consumers can visit https://ratereview.healthcare.gov  and enter a state or insurance company name into the new consumer friendly tool to find out about proposed or finalized health insurance company rate increases.  The tool currently contains information on rate increases for… Read More

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IBC: Important information about member outreach for IRS reporting

From Independence Blue Cross: As you may know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurers to report certain information about health care coverage to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for individuals with fully insured commercial health plans. This information includes an individual’s Tax Identification Number, which is typically the Social Security Number (SSN). The purpose of the IRS reporting is to help ensure that Americans have minimum essential coverage as required by the ACA. This is commonly referred to as the individual mandate. Independence Blue Cross (Independence) has determined that we do not have SSNs on file for some of your customers’ employees and/or their covered dependents. The… Read More

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Total Benefit Solutions Introduces New Individual Health Plan Private Exchange

Total Benefit Solutions is proud to announce that our newest development, in partnership with RX health is now available. Our new site, the Total Benefit Solutions Exchange can help consumers compare, choose and enroll on a new health insurance plan either on the healthcare marketplace or off. It can help find your subsidy, secure it and get enrolled!   https://totalbenefits.rxhealthinsurance.com/Shopping/14/1/     Log on today, get enrolled and stay legal!

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Health Reform: Guidance Issued-Employer Reimbursement of Individual Policies

  Previously, the Departments of Labor (“DOL”), Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) explained that  HRAs and employer payment plans cannot reimburse individual policies. On November 6, the Departments issued their twenty-second set of FAQs which make clear that: An employer cannot offer employees cash to reimburse the purchase of an individual policy, without regard to whether the employer treats the money as pre-tax or post-tax to the employee. Such arrangements are subject to the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), including prohibition on annual limits and the requirement to provide certain preventive services without cost sharing with which it cannot comply. Such… Read More

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Health Reform: Healthcare.Gov Sneak Preview

Healthcare.Gov Sneak Preview Announced Yesterday, Affordable Care Act customers can peek at 2015 prices for the program’s health plans today after the government released a “window-shopping” feature overnight Here is a direct link to the 2015 “sneak preview”: https://www.healthcare.gov/see-plans/ If you have any questions or concerns about your 2015 enrollment, please contact Total Benefit Solutions at (215)355-2121

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