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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Open Enrollment 2023: Your Top 5 FAQs Answered

Everything You Need to Know About Open Enrollment Are you ready for open enrollment? It’s that time of year when you have the opportunity to review and make changes to your health insurance plan. To help you navigate this important period, we’ve compiled a list of the top five frequently asked questions about open enrollment in 2023. Let’s dive in! 1. When is open enrollment?In Pennsylvania, open enrollment for individual health coverage typically runs from November 1 through January 15. The timing of open enrollment can vary depending on the organization or employer. It’s crucial to check with your specific company or health insurance provider to determine the exact dates… Read More

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Are You Up To Date on Your Preventive Services?

Medicare covers a full range of preventive services to help keep you healthy and find problems early when treatment works best. Ask your doctor what services are right for you and use the document below to track appointment dates, times, and other important information. Download our Medicare check list sheet below to help you keep track of your Preventive Services! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc Medicare health insurance specialist at (215)-355-2121.

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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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Top 10 Ways to Make Your Health Benefits Work for You

Unleash the Full Potential of Your Health Coverage!  Are you making the most of your health benefits? The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) administers crucial health benefit laws that cover employer-based health plans. These laws safeguard your rights to essential information about your health plan, guide you on qualifying for benefits and making claims, ensure continued health benefits during job transitions, and offer protections for special medical conditions. Start by exploring your health coverage options, delving into different plans, and matching them with your needs. Not sure if your plan covers mental health or substance use disorder services? We’ve got you covered with essential information on these benefits too! Your… Read More

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What is Health Insurance for?

Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that helps individuals and families manage the costs of medical expenses and healthcare services. It provides financial protection against the high costs of medical treatments, hospitalizations, prescription drugs, and other healthcare-related services. Health insurance is designed to help people access the medical care they need without facing significant financial burdens. Health insurance provides a safety net against unexpected and costly medical events, allowing individuals to seek necessary medical care without facing crippling financial burdens. It also promotes preventive care, encouraging people to get regular check-ups and screenings to detect potential health issues early. It’s important to note that the coverage and cost-sharing… Read More

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Insights into Self-Funding and Deductibles: A Look at Healthcare Trends for Large Firms

Self-Funding Popular – Especially for Large Firms Many larger firms self-fund their health plans or pay for some workers’ health services directly – rather than through the use of health insurance. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of covered workers are in self-funded plans. That includes 20% of workers at small firms and 82% at large firms. Deductibles for Most Most employees with health insurance have a cost share before their insurance begins to pay benefits. Among those with single coverage, the average annual deductible is $1,763, similar to the $1,669 average in 2021. For most plan types, the single coverage deductible is higher for employees at small firms. The average is $2,543… Read More

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How Is the Medicare Part D Benefit Changing in 2024?

In 2024, costs in the catastrophic phase will change: the 5% coinsurance requirement for Part D enrollees will be eliminated and Part D plans will pay 20% of total drug costs in this phase instead of 15%. The 5% coinsurance requirement for Part D enrollees in the catastrophic phase will be eliminated In 2024, once Part D enrollees without low-income subsidies (LIS) have drug spending high enough to qualify for catastrophic coverage, they will no longer be required to pay 5% of their drug costs, which in effect means that out-of-pocket spending for Part D enrollees will be capped. In 2024, the catastrophic threshold will be set at $8,000. This… Read More

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What Does the Medicare Part D Benefit Look Like in 2023?

The standard design of the Medicare Part D benefit currently has four distinct phases, where the share of drug costs paid by Part D enrollees, Part D plans, drug manufacturers, and Medicare varies (Figure 1). (The Part D enrollee shares reflect costs paid by enrollees who are not receiving low-income subsidies.) If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc Medicare health insurance specialist at (215)355-2121.

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Understanding the Coding of Health Plans from MEC to Metallic

Choosing the right insurance plan for you (and your family) is not an easy task. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has introduced major changes to the way carriers traditionally marketed their health plans to the public and introduced a volume of new terms, requirements and complexities, many of which may sound confusing to the general public. From terms like “minimum essential coverage” to the various metallic plan categories of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, a solid foundation of knowledge is essential in order to find the coverage required at an affordable price. The health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions Inc are well versed on these terms so when you… Read More

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2021 MLR Rebate Checks Recently Issued to Fully Insured Plans

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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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Aetna Small Group (2-100) Insured & Small Group Aetna Funding Advantage FAQ
Health Plan options for business owners during COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 PPE Now a Qualified Medical Expense

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Heard of Reference Based Pricing Health Insurance?

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