What is a minimum essential coverage (MEC) plan?

The Affordable Care Act states that all individuals must have health benefits and all employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide coverage to all eligible employees or they are subject to fines/penalties. This can be known as “pay or play” or employer shared responsibility. We offer Minimum Essential Coverage plans which both penalties are satisfied for the employee and the employer. MEC plans are substantially less expensive than traditional medical insurance and serve as a low-cost solution for most companies. To contain healthcare costs, many employers and other plan sponsors are considering Minimum Essential Coverage, or MEC, health insurance. MEC plans can keep your workforce healthier. Preventable diseases, gone… Read More

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What is the NYHCRA Form?

What is the NYHCRA Form? For clients going into a self insured plan for the first time, this question always comes up.  The employer always has the option to participate in the pool or not but we always encourage them to participate for their own protection. This only comes into play when a member of a group seeks or gets medical treatment in New York For groups who do not elect into the Pool If there are New York state residents that incur in-patient claims in New York there is an alternative covered lives payment based on the resident’s location and this can be up to an additional 27.28% of… Read More

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Aetna Attain: more than discounts, actual rewards

Aetna attain is more than just a wellness discount!  Take 2 minutes to watch this short video and then ask your Total Benefit Solutions account manager (215)355-2121 how your group can benefit from Aetna Attain!   

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Review us on Google

 At Total Benefit Solutions we strive to provide our clients with the best service and support when shopping, enrolling and servicing their health insurance all year long. We appreciate having the opportunity and as always “We Work for Your Benefit”.  If you have worked with us, please help us get some feedback by  reviewing us on Google.  You’ll need to be logged in to your Google account to do so. Click here to rate us!

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What is my Max Out of Pocket?

In health insurance, you may have heard of the “maximum out-of-pocket  or MOOP.” Here’s a quick overview of how it works, including which costs count towards it, and what happens after your maximum out-of-pocket (MOOP)  is met. Max Out of Pocket Presentation

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2015 Compliance Compilation

The attached resource file is a compilation of all of our compliance bulletins for 2015 provided by our business partners at Emerson Reid and your benefits support team. Click the link below to download the entire 2015 compilation: 2015 Compliance Compilation    

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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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Updated Healthcare Reform Calculators

Total Benefit Solutions Inc. has updated our healthcare reform calculators on our website, https://www.totalbenefits.net Calculators include: How much tax credit is my small group eligible for? What are the conditions required to get the tax credit? Pay or Play Mandate penalty-What is my risk as a group? Individual Subsidy Calculator Click here to get to our healthcare reform calculators.

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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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IBC: Effective January 1, 2015, HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage are no longer required

On February 24, 2014, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services issued a final rule that addressed the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage (HIPAA Certificates) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the ACA prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions, the new rule eliminates the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates beginning December 31, 2014. What does this mean for members?  Previously, when coverage was terminated for a member or his/her dependents, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) issued a HIPAA Certificate. Because the ACA prohibits the application of pre-existing condition exclusions, which applies to both grandfathered and non-grandfathered health plans, these certificates are no longer required. Effective January, 1,… Read More

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What is Critical Illness Insurance?

Why Critical Illness as a “wrap” plan Because: They’re more affordable than you might think. They’re available for employer  groups, individuals and seniors. They make selecting a health plan easier. They provide peace of mind against a catastrophic event and large out of pocket expenses. They’re person and portable, it doesn’t matter where you get your health insurance from, having your own critical illness plan makes it better. Many clients have asked how they can supplement their employees coverage when they get enrolled through the affordable care act healthcare.gov marketplace. Employers are permitted to offer wrap plans that consist of “excepted benefits”, meaning they are not regulated by the affordable… Read More

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Introducing the AFLAC Individual Dental Plans

  Introducing AFLAC Individual Dental     Ask us today for more informtion on an AFLAC Individual Dental plan. Just call our office at (215)355-2121 and a dedicated member of our client service team will be happy to answer your questions or send you detailed benefit information.

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What is Hospital Indemnity?

Hospital Indemnity Plans as a “wrap” Many clients have asked how they can supplement their employees coverage when they get enrolled through the affordable care act healthcare.gov marketplace. Employers are permitted to offer wrap plans that consist of “excepted benefits”. A group Hospital Indemnity plan can fit the bill and provide a comprehensive financial support plan for a family dealing with a medical crisis. It also allows the employee to make a more prudent health plan selection by giving them coverage for any large deductibles, co-pays or cost sharing scenarios. Hospital Indemnity plans are available to individuals too. Download more information on Shelterpoint’s Hospital Indemnity plan   Below is a… Read More

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Introducing Worksite Benefits

INTRODUCING WORKSITE… From Your Trusted Advisor. Worksite Programs are more than just a source of additional insurance products to be purchased at employee expense! A coordinated program will help you manage all your benefits so you can spend more time on your business. Our focus on quality ensures that your employees have the access and affordability that they need. Benefit communication and counseling services help your employees understand and appreciate their benefits. Worksite programs can be expanded and adjusted as your core benefits change, reducing headaches at annual open enrollment time. We have joined forces with the strongest, most reliable Voluntary Benefit providers to offer our clients valuable employee benefit… Read More

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