What is a Self-Insured Plan?

Type of plan usually present in larger companies where the employer itself collects premiums from enrollees and takes on the responsibility of paying employees’ and dependents’ medical claims. These employers can contract for insurance services such as enrollment, claims processing, and provider networks with a third party administrator, or they can be self-administered. Please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.

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What are HDHPs & HSAs?

One way to manage your health care expenses is by enrolling in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) in combination with opening a Health Savings Account (HSA). How High Deductible Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts can reduce your costs: If you enroll in an HDHP, you may pay a lower monthly premium but have a higher deductible (meaning you pay for more of your health care items and services before the insurance plan pays). If you combine your HDHP with an HSA, you can pay that deductible, plus other qualified medical expenses, using money you set aside in your tax-free HSA. So if you have an HDHP and don’t… Read More

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Delaware Enacts New Paid Family and Medical Leave Requirement

The Healthy Delaware Families Act was recently signed into law, which provides paid leave for three categories of leave: parental leave, medical leave and family caregiving leave. Employers with 10-24 employees are only subject to the parental leave provisions. Employers with 25 or more employees are subject to all leave provisions. Employers with fewer than 10 employees are not obligated to participate in the leave program, although an employer can opt-in for a 3-year participation period. Click here to download for more information. As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions Inc health insurance specialists with any questions or concerns at (215)355-2121.

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“Can I use my HSA for…….?”

Health Savings Accounts and You Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) aren’t new. They’ve been around since late 2003. Initially they were created along with the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act  to replace the Medical Saving Account System. Initially these plans were designed to help with Drug Costs under Medicare policies; However, as Insurance Premiums increased, more and more Employer and Individual Policies offered High-Deductible Plans to help curb costs. Due to that, HSAs were thrown into the spotlight as a way to use Pre-Tax Dollars to cover out-of-pocket Medical costs. In 2017, a reported 22million Americans have an HSA. Each year, that number continues to climb. Many people still have a… Read More

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President Trump Signs Prescription Drug Gag Clause Legislation

President Trump Signs Prescription Drug Gag Clause Legislation On Wednesday, President Trump signed into law S. 2553, the Know the Lowest Price Act, and S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Price Act. The legislation was passed by the House and Senate last month with bipartisan support and will ban “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling customers when they can save money on their prescriptions by paying out of pocket for the retail price of the drug, rather than using their insurance and making the co-payment. These bills comprise portions of President Trump’s “America First” prescription drug initiative that were released as part of a blueprint to lower drug prices in May.… Read More

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Social Media Drive Winner Announcement!

  Back in August we announced an End of Summer Social Media Drive Contest. The rules were very simple: If you left us a review, you were eligible to be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card valued from $25-$100… For each review you left us on one of our platforms (Google, Yelp, Facebook, Angie’s List, Linkedin, etc) you earned $25 towards that giftcard (up to four review max per person). The contest ran from August 1st, 2018 until September 30th, 2018, but today we finally got our winner. Our Front Office Coordinator, Samantha, joined me for the  random drawing. Please watch the short video below to find… Read More

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How to Protect Yourself from Medical Bankruptcy

According to a CNBC report, an estimated 2 million people were adversely affected by bankruptcies due to medical costs. In 2009, President Obama declared that someone files bankruptcies every 30seconds (or  about 1million people are affected per year!). A popular Facebook meme, shown to the left said the number was 643,000 people a year. Healthcare costs make any of these stats seem realistic, but why are they so different? One reason is that people gather information from different studies made during different years. Even though most of the information comes within the last decade, there are tons of factors that affect our economy. In 2007, 822,590 consumer bankruptcies were filed, but for 2010,… Read More

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SHOP Rules Finalized, Enrollment Forms Simplified

The Small Business Health Options Program’s (SHOP) place along the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) timeline. It’s now being packaged for mass consumption and soon will be stocked on store shelves across all 50 states. Click here to read more…

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New York Health Exchanges Offer 50% Drop in Premiums

Empire State approves plans to be sold by 17 insurers and lower expected premiums may ease fears that next year’s implementation of the biggest parts of the Affordable Care Act would send prices soaring… Click here to read the story

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IBC: Important change to claims processing for PPO plans

Independence Blue Cross (IBC) will begin notifying customers later this week regarding a change in how claims for certain out-of-network providers will be processed under their IBC Personal Choice® PPO health plan. This change impacts fully insured, self-funded, and Individual commercial Personal Choice® PPO plans only. There is no impact to Medicare plans. Effective November 1, 2013, members who have claims submitted by providers who participate in the Highmark Blue Shield (Highmark) professional provider network inside IBC’s five-county service area will be subject to higher out-of-pocket costs and may also be subject to balance billing. Currently, claims submitted by a participating Highmark professional provider are processed as out of network and applied… Read More

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Health Reform: Research Filing Fees Due July 31

The Research Fee filing deadline is July 31, 2013 for self-funded medical plans and HRAs  Insurance carriers will report and pay the Fee for fully insured plans.  If an employer has several self-insured arrangements with the same plan year, they are subject to a single fee.  An HRA integrated with a self-funded plan providing major medical coverage will not incur a separate fee specific to the HRA if the HRA and plan are established or maintained by the same plan sponsor.  Click below to download the bulletin   Research Fees Due    Interested in our free Health Care Reform Checklist? send an email  

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Health Reform: Aetna to distribute MLR rebates

By August 1st, Aetna is scheduled to mail rebate notices and checks to policyholders and subscribers whose plans are due a rebate under the Minimum Medical Loss Ratio provision of the Affordable Care Act. For group plans, rebate checks will be sent to the policyholder, with few exceptions. Please click the link below to download the bulletin. Click to download

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NJDOBI Issues Amendments to Rating Rules under PPACA

NJDOBI Issues Amendments to IHC and SEH Rating Rules under PPACA For rates applicable to all rating periods beginning on or after January 1, 2014, carriers are directed to: Formulate rates in the IHC market to achieve a required 300 percent maximum ratio between premiums for the highest rated individual policyholder and the lowest rated individual policyholder in the State. Age factor categories should be in the following increments: children ages 0 through 20, one-year age bands for adults ages 21 through 63, and a single age band for adults ages 64 and over; Formulate rates in the SEH market without regard to gender. Age factor categories should be in… Read More

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Health Insurance Marketplaces (Exchanges): Informational Video

Beginning in 2014, individuals and small businesses with up to 50 employees can purchase insurance through online exchanges, also called “health insurance marketplaces.” Each exchange will offer a choice of health plans that meet certain benefit and cost standards. In 2016, businesses with up to 100 employees will be able to participate. Coventry Health/Aetna recently released this easy to understand video that may help you understand the new exchange or” marketplace” system of buying health insurance. Click here to watch the six minute long video.

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Medicare: What Will Happen to Doctors’ Fees and Income Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

Q:What Will Happen to Doctors’ Fees and Income Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? A: Business income has increased for doctors because many people on Medicare are now using free screenings and an annual “wellness visit” provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through Oct. 6, 2011, the government said, 20.5 million people enrolled in Medicare had received the free screenings or the annual visit, which is also free. Medicare is now offering a 10 percent bonus payment on the fees charged for primary care services, and a 10 percent bonus payment to surgeons who work in areas where there are shortages of doctors. For 2013 and 2014, Medicaid payments… Read More

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Total Benefit Solutions Newest Brochure

  Download our latest brochure to read all about the valuable services we provide for our clients! Download our latest employee benefits brochure

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PPACA employer mandate delayed until 2015

PPACA employer mandate delayed until 2015 The Obama administration unexpectedly announced Tuesday it is delaying the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015. The mandate — which requires mid-sized and large employers to offer health insurance coverage to their workers — was one of the main requirements of the health care overhaul that was set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. But the Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it would delay its enforcement an entire year after hearing numerous concerns from employers about the challenges of its implementation. “We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement… Read More

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Prodigy Learning Center’s Executive Director is a Happy Client

Hi Ed, I just wanted to let you know how great (our account manager) has been with our insurance issues. She has been so helpful to me. I don’t know if people take the time to tell you when your staff is doing a great job, but I wanted to let you know. She is great!!   Thanks. Christine Viteo, R.N. Executive Director Prodigy Learning Center Philadelphia, Pa.19132

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EMA Group to become Total Benefit Solutions Inc!

The health insurance industry is on its way to a major overhaul by the end of this year. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), nearly every American will be affected by the new law and many already have.  With this in mind, we have decided to refocus our efforts to better serve our clients in alignment with the new world of health benefits. We are proud to announce that beginning August 1, 2013; EMA Group Inc. will be known as Total Benefit Solutions Inc.  Although our name is changing; our commitment to provide top notch guidance and support to our clients will never change.… Read More

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IBC Requesting tobacco data

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and effective January 1, 2014, insurers are permitted to use the following four categories to determine premiums:   Age Family Size Geography Tobacco   To comply with this provision, IBC will be implementing a new process to collect tobacco usage as part of their rating methodology for groups with 2-50 employees and sole proprietors.   Over the next several days, IBC will send letters to employers with January 1, 2014 renewal dates to gather this information. In the mailing, there will be a letter and a Tobacco Use Form, that must be completed for each of their employees and dependents age 21 and over… Read More

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First PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2013

Revised IRS Form 720 Now Available for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans to Report and Pay PCORI Fees   First PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2013 The IRS has revised Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, for employers sponsoring certain self-insured health plans to report and pay new fees imposed under Health Care Reform to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The fees, which must be reported annually on the second quarter Form 720 and paid by its due date, July 31st, are based on the average number of lives covered under a plan. Affected Self-Insured Plans PCORI fees are imposed on plan sponsors of… Read More

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Heathcare Reform: Important New Guidance on Affordability

In order to receive a subsidy in the Health Insurance Marketplace (formerly referred to as the Exchange), generally an individual must not be eligible for affordable coverage under an eligible employer sponsored plan that provides minimum value. Additionally, large employers looking to avoid penalty exposure must offer all full-time employees (and their dependents) affordable coverage that meets minimum value. Although final regulations were published back in February, further clarification was needed on the health benefits considered in determining the share of benefit costs paid by a plan.  Click the link below to read the rest of the article.   Minimum Value and Affordability-060513R

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Health Reform: Cost Sharing Limits

Effective the first plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2014, all non-grandfathered group health plans (both insured and self-insured) , regardless of size, must comply with annual cost-sharing limitations on out-of-pocket maximums. Click the link below to download and review the entire notice. Health Reform-cost sharing limits

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Health Reform: Contraceptive Coverage and Non-Profit Organizations

Under the ACA, most health plans must cover women’s preventive services, including contraception, without charging a co-pay or deductible. The interim final rules provided that group health plans established or maintained by religious employers were exempt from these requirements. Guidance issued subsequent to the final rules established a temporary enforcement safe harbor for group health plans established or maintained by certain non-profit organizations that have religious objections to contraceptive coverage. The safe harbor is in effect until the first plan year that begins on or after August 1, 2013. Please click the link below to download and review the guidance. Health reform- contraceptive coverage and Non Profits

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