What is the IRMAA Surcharge?

What is the IRMAA Surcharge? The income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA) sliding scale is a set of statutory percentage-based tables used to adjust Medicare Part B and Part D prescription drug coverage premiums. The higher the beneficiary’s range of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), the higher the IRMAA

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Health Insurance Nondiscrimination Rules Small Business Owners Need to Know

Group health plans and tax-favored accounts—including health savings accounts (HSAs), health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)—are subject to numerous nondiscrimination provisions under federal law. The most common nondiscrimination provisions are described. Please download the entire bulletin for details. As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc group account manager at (215)355-2121 with any questions or concerns. This bulletin covers the following topics: Overview General Rules Section 125 Nondiscrimination Rules for Cafeteria Plans Section 105 Nondiscrimination Rules for Self-Insured Plans HIPAA Nondiscrimination Rules Nondiscrimination Rules Related to Medicare-Eligible Individuals Other Nondiscrimination Rules Additional Information

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Lower 2023 Medicare Part B Premium Could Be on the Way

Some changes in the health care industry resulted in expected cost savings for the Medicare program for 2022. CMS’ recent announcement states they plan on passing these savings to consumers via their 2023 Part B premium. Click here to read the details on the lower Part B Premium Please contact your Total Benefit Solutions Inc Medicare health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 if you have any further questions or concerns.

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How Medicare Works Part A

How Medicare Works Medicare is a federal insurance program that provides health insurance for people 65 and older and individuals younger than 65 who may qualify due to certain disabilities. There are four different parts to Medicare — Part A, B, C, and D. Click the icons below to learn more about each part! Medicare Part A Medicare Part A can be thought of as your hospital insurance. It helps to pay for your stay at a health care facility, whether that be a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or nursing home, among others. If you’re admitted as an inpatient, Medicare Part A covers many services like meals, a semi-private room,… Read More

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Notice Requirements for Group Health Plans

ERISA requires plan administrators to give plan participants in writing the most important facts they need to know about their group health plans, including plan rules, financial information, and documents on the operation and management of the plan. Some of these facts must be provided to participants regularly and automatically by the plan administrator. Others must be made available upon request, free-of-charge or for copying fees.

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Support for your emotional health

Virtual care visits from MDLIVE® IBC members pay $0 cost-share* You have access to care from therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who can help with concerns likeanxiety, depression, and panic disorders. With telebehavioral health from MDLIVE, you pay $0 costshare* for a confidential visit in the comfort of yourhome, or wherever you are. Choose to have your virtual care visit by video chat, using the MDLIVE website or mobile app, or by phone.

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What is a 5-Star Medicare Plan?

Did you know that Medicare plans come with a handy rating system and that the highest-rated of these plans have a Special Enrollment Period associated with them? Get ready to learn all about 5-star Medicare plans and what makes them special! Click here for more information! As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions Medicare health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 with any additional questions or concerns!

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What is Medicare’s Secondary Payer Program?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to have Medicare and an additional type of health coverage to help you pay for health care costs. Medicare’s Secondary Payer Program lays out how they work together. It’s not uncommon to have an insurance plan for everything, just in case. You can have a Medicare plan, a drug plan, and a dental, vision, and hearing plan. You also may have life insurance, long-term care, and more. It’s possible to have one that plan encompasses mutliple types of coverage, like a Medicare Advantage plan that covers prescription drugs, and dental, vision, and hearing services. Sometimes, it’s possible to have multiple policies for a single… Read More

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Independence is covering OTC COVID‑19 test kits through pharmacy benefits

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How is COBRA health insurance affected if I am disabled?

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What Are Medicare Guaranteed Issue Rights?

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Medicare Supplement Plan F or G?

  Many of our clients ask what is the “best” Medicare supplement that they can buy. While there is no overall “best”, the Medicare Supplement Plan F is generally considered the most comprehensive coverage among Medicare supplements due to the fact that most services are covered without any member co-pay or cost sharing at all. Keep in mind that Medicare supplements, like Plan F do not cover prescriptions and that a beneficiary with Medicare supplement will need to have other coverage for prescription drug coverage.  A little known fact about Medicare supplements is that they do not have an annual “open enrollment” period so a beneficiary with a supplement can… Read More

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AmeriHealth New Jersey prepares to comply with new Transparency requirements

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2021 Second Quarter Compliance Bulletins Compilation

This document is a valuable resource, putting all of the latest health care reform news and updates in one location! 

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Achieve Well-being Rewards

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Alternatives to Health Insurance Benefits

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What is Blue Card PPO?

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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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CMS Announces Medicare Plan Finder Improvements

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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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Health FSA Annual Limit & Changes

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IRS Announces New Inflation Adjusted HSA and HRA numbers for 2022

These new rates will take effect for the calendar year 2022. Please reach out to your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 if you have any questions or concerns about this notice.

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