Independence: New drugs added to precertification list for 2023

Effective January 1, 2023, from Independence Blue Cross: (Independence) IBC will add 12 drugs to the list of specialty drugs that require precertification under the medical benefit. With these additions, Independence now requires precertification for a total of 271 drugs before members can receive coverage for them. The drugs being added include several gene replacement therapies and cancer/antineoplastic agents in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pipeline, as well as several biosimilars that recently received FDA approval. The newly added drugs are: beremagene geperpavec* – gene replacement/gene editing therapiesCimerliTM (ranibizumab‑eqrn) – ophthalmic agentsElahereTM (mirvetuximab soravtansine) – antineoplastic agentsFylnetra® (pegfilgrastim‑pbbk)† – neutropeniaHemgenix® (etranacogene dezaparvovec) – gene replacement/gene editing therapies mosunetuzumab* – antineoplastic agents Skysona® (elivaldogene autotemcel) – gene replacement/gene editing therapiesStimufend® (pegfilgrastim‑fpgk)† – neutropeniatofersen* – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis agents tremelimumab* – antineoplastic agentsVegzelma® (bevacizumab‑adcd)† – antineoplastic agentsZynteglo® (betibeglogene autotemcel) – gene replacement/gene editing therapies We often add drugs… Read More

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Oscar no longer accepting new members in Florida

Today, Oscar announced that it is no longer accepting new membership in the state of Florida, beginning December 13 at midnight. We’re committed to building a great business that continues to provide innovative, affordable coverage for many years to come. To do that, we need to grow responsibly so that we can ensure our members receive the same level of care and service that we hold ourselves accountable for providing

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What is HIPP and can it help my company or our employees?

​Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program The Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program is a program developed to help Pennsylvania families, who have at least one person enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA), pay for private health insurance through an employer. HIPP is administered by Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS). It was designed as a cost containment program in order to save taxpayers money by purchasing cost effective employment related health insurance available to a Medical Assistance recipient. Read more by clicking here As always if you have any additional questions please contact your group health insurance specialist at Total Benefit Solutions , Inc (215)355-2121.

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Get assistance with your PENNIE health insurance account

Already on the health insurance Marketplace and need some help? Assigning Total Benefit Solutions, Inc is easy! Download the document and follow the steps. We will get notified and start helping you right away! Need more direction? Give us a call (215)355-2121 

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Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period for 2023 Coverage is Around the Corner  

 Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period for 2023 Coverage is Around the Corner: Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period will run from November 1, 2022, to January 15, 2023.  As a reminder, existing Pennie customers will be receiving auto-renewal notices this week with information on their 2023 plans.  Great news! Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, enhanced savings continue to be available for Pennie customers and those enrolling in coverage through Pennie! As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact your Pennie health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions Inc (215)355-2121  

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CIGNA Supplemental Benefits Now Available Online

CIGNA’s Medicare supplements and dental/vision plans are available to quote and enroll online for your convenience! Just click the link below to get your quotes and as always contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 if you have any questions or concerns! Click here

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Independence: What are Preventative Plus Providers?

Preventive Plus Preventive Plus providers are participating freestanding ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) and a select group of gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons who perform preventative colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screenings at a freestanding ASC. For certain plans, the Member’s cost-share for this service will be $0 when performed by Preventive Plus providers. Please refer to your benefits booklet or contract to determine if your plan includes the Preventive Plus benefit. For updated or more detailed information regarding Preventive Plus providers, visit our website at ibx.com/provider finder, or call Customer Service at 1-800-ASK-BLUE (1-800-275-2583), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET For further questions or concerns please contact your Total… Read More

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A new group health insurance offering for small businesses. Introducing CIGNA + Oscar

We’ve partnered with Cigna + Oscar to deliver small business health insurance that brings together Cigna’s most popular provider networks and Oscar’s tech-driven approach to customer service and care navigation. Cigna + Oscar plans are available in the Philadelphia 5 county area beginning with effective dates starting January 1 2023. Your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists are available to help you quote and compare plans. Call us today to get your quote and compare these newest plans to your current renewal. You might be surprised at the competitive cost and plan designs! (215)355-2121

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Final Rules Adopt Administrative Changes to the No Surprises Act

On August 26, 2022, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (together, the “Departments”) published final rules on the No Surprises Act, making changes to the administrative duties of insurance carriers, HMOs, third-party administrators, out-of-network healthcare providers, and certain other entities responsible for the Act’s implementation. The new rules, which take effect on October 25, 2022, are narrow in scope, and include the following changes:• During processing of claims under the No Surprises Act, if “down-coding” occurs (i.e., the group medical plan alters or replaces the medical billing codes chosen by the out-of-network healthcare provider, resulting in a lower claim payment), then the final rules impose… Read More

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Turning 26: Your Guide to Health Insurance

Turning 26: Your Guide to Getting Your New Health Insurance:https://totalbenefits.net/turning-26-your-guide-to-health-insurance/

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2022 MLR Rebate Checks to Be Issued Soon to Fully Insured Plans

As a reminder, insurance carriers are required to satisfy certain medical loss ratio (“MLR”) thresholds. This generally means that for every dollar of premium a carrier collects with respect to a major medical plan; it should spend 85 cents in the large group market (80 cents in the small group market) on medical care and activities to improve health care quality. If these thresholds are not satisfied, rebates are available to employers in the form of a premium credit or check. If a rebate is available, carriers are required to distribute MLR checks to employers by September 30, 2022. Click the link below to download the full bulletin.

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Additional Guidance on New Prescription Drug Reporting Requirement

As previously reported in 2021, Section 204 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) requires plan sponsors of group health plans to submit informationannually about prescription drugs and health care spending to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) on behalf of the Departments of Health and Human Services(“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). The first deadline is December 27, 2022. CMS recently updated guidance related to this reporting requirement that provides some helpful clarification. Click the link below to download this bulletin. As always please contact your Total benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialist at (215)355-2121 if you have any further questions or concerns.

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New FAQ Addresses NSA and TiC Rules

he Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (collectively, “the Departments”) issued FAQ Part 55, providing guidance as it relates to certain aspects of the No Surprises Act (“NSA”) and the Transparency in Coverage (“TiC”) final regulations. FAQ 55 includes 23 questions and answers. The guidance is lengthy and very detailed. Below you will find some of the key highlights of the guidance. Please download the bulletin below for details and contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 with any additional questions or concerns.

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Additional Guidance Issued on Surprise Billing Protections

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 introduced numerous protections against surprise billing for plan participants that impact group health plans, health insurance issuers, & providers. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) introduced numerous protections against surprise billing for plan participants that impact group health plans, health insurance issuers, and providers. The federal Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury recently released a document discussing frequently asked questions (FAQs) about these surprise billing protections that provides clarity on a number of topics within the regulations. The key points from this guidance are outlined below. Application to Reference Based Pricing PlansIt has been unclear how the surprise billing rules apply to… Read More

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Inflation Reduction Act – Health Care Considerations

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the “Inflation Reduction Act” into law. The legislation includes key health care, tax, and climate change components. Click the link below to download the bulletin which highlights the health care changes ! As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance expert with any additional questions, (215)355-3121.

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IBC: Understanding your network

The type of health plan you choose determines the network of providers you can visit. In-network providers are the doctors and hospitals in your plan’s network. You’ll save the most money by visiting network providers. Out-of-network providers are those not in your plan’s network. You may pay more for out-of-network services, and some services may not be covered at all. Know your options — before you need them When you need care and your primary care doctor isn’t available, remember you have other options that don’t involve a trip to the emergency room. Using virtual care, retail clinics, or urgent care centers can save you time and money. https://www.ibx.com/get-care/find-doctors-and-healthcare-providers/where-to-go-for-care Click here for links to your network and more… Read More

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids May Help People with Medicare

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized a rule that will permit people with Medicare, and others, to purchase hearing aids online or in stores, at lower costs, and without a prescription. The long-awaited rule, which will go into effect in October, may make hearing aids more affordable for as many as 30 million adults who believe they have mild to moderate hearing loss, even if they have not had a hearing exam. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule that will permit people with Medicare, and others, to purchase hearing aids online or in stores, at lower costs, and without a prescription. The long-awaited rule, which will go into effect in October, may… Read More

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What is an excepted benefit HRA?

Businesses that offer an employer-sponsored group health plan to workers now have another way to save money while designing a health benefit package with more choices for employees – the Excepted Benefit HRA. The new EBHRA is a Health Reimbursement Arrangement designed to pay premiums and related expenses for eligible excepted benefits like dental and vision coverage. And, while an employer is required to offer a traditional group health plan, an employee can participate in the EBHRA even if they decline participating in the employer’s group health plan. That’s going to open up a lot of premium savings for workers who are eligible for coverage under a spouse’s or parent’s… Read More

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