Nearly 40% of people have a health care plan with a high deductible. An even higher percentage of people wish they had a lower deductible (who wouldn’t?!). And with medical bills being the leading cause of bankruptcies, it is important to understand how to maximize your high deductible so that you can stay afloat in case something unexpected were to happen. 1. Find Out What’s Free Many routine services are free. Instead of staying home to save money, you could get a free screening for preventative care. Common services covered are colonoscopies, mammograms, and vaccinations. About 90% of people with high deductible plans don’t know that such services are free.… Read MoreContinue Reading
How to activate your OSCAR account
We want you to get the most of your plan. Setting up your Oscar account will help you do that by putting care right at your ﬁngertips .Continue Reading
Individual Coverage HRA: Choice and affordability in employee health benefits
How HRAs work Health Reimbursement Arrangements are employer-funded accounts that reimburse employees for eligible medical expenses. No employee contributions are allowed. Since an HRA is funded only by the employer, the employer sets the rules of the plan. The ICHRA works much the same as other HRAs, with the following important differences: ICHRA rules Traditional group health plans An employer may not offer an ICHRA and a traditional group health plan (GHP) to employees within the same class. However, an employer may offer an ICHRA to one class of employees and a traditional GHP to another class. Also, a traditional GHP may be grandfathered for current employees while all new… Read MoreContinue Reading
Emergency Periods Related to COVID-19 to End May 11 2023
On January 30, 2023, the Biden Administration announced its intent to end the Public Health Emergency and the National Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic on May 11, 2023. They are currently set to expire after February 28, 2023 and on April 11, 2023, respectively. This announcement came in response to two bills in the House of Representatives proposing to end the national emergencies at an earlier date. As previously reported, various employee benefit plan requirements are directly impacted by the Public Health Emergency and the National Emergency. Employers sponsoring health and welfare programs will need to make some decisions with respect to their programs. End of the Public Health… Read MoreContinue Reading
What is Limited Medical Insurance?
A limited medical plan is a form of supplemental health insurance that can be used with or without a major medical plan. Limited medical plans have a set amount of money for treatment that they give to you to pay for common medical expenses. They recognize that common services like wellness visits can sometimes turn into a financial strain for people. Since this type of insurance does not cover everything due to a predetermined limit on what you receive, you will want to look closely at the benefits before choosing a plan. It can be helpful to pair a limited medical plan with a major medical plan. Doctors visits and… Read MoreContinue Reading
Pennie: 1095-A Tax Form Available for Customers
The 1095-A tax form has been delivered to Pennie customers for their 2022 tax returns. The 2022 1095-A Form: Health Insurance Marketplace Statement has been delivered to customers’ Pennie Secure inboxes. Important: The 1095-A reflects a Pennie customer’s 2022 enrollment information. Click here to learn more about 1095-A forms. Have any questions regarding your Pennie account or the 1095-A tax form? Don’t hesitate to contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Open Enrollment Tips from Total Benefit Solutions!
As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
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)355-2121Continue Reading
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/Continue Reading
What is coinsurance?
Coinsurance is usually a percentage of the cost for a service that you would pay. For example, if your coinsurance is 20% for covered services, your plan would pay 80% of the covered charges, and you would pay the coinsurance of 20%. Call your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists today at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Pennie: Losing Medical Assistance Coverage When The Public Health Emergency Comes to an End?
Under the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration, Pennsylvania has maintained coverage for most Medical Assistance (MA) recipients unless they moved out-of-state, passed away, or requested to be disenrolled. When the federal PHE comes to an end, anyone who is found to be no longer eligible during the renewal process for Medical Assistance or who fails to complete their MA renewal will be disenrolled from Medical Assistance coverage – that is where Pennie comes in! Pennie and the Department of Human Services (DHS) are working to ensure that qualified Pennsylvanians can access coverage either through Medical Assistance (MA), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or affordable, high-quality coverage available… Read MoreContinue Reading
2022 PCOR Fee Filing Reminder for Self-Insured Plans
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) fee filing deadline is August 1, 2022, for all self-funded medical plansand HRAs for plan years ending in 2021. The IRS issued Notice 2022-04 announcing the adjusted fee amount for this year. please download the bulleting below for more details and contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc. health insurance specialist at (215)355-2121.Continue Reading
Free or Nearly Free Health Coverage Through New Jersey’s Expanded Access”
The new Expanded Access Special Enrollment Period allows qualifying consumers with an annual household income of up to 200% of the federal poverty level to enroll in a health plan throughout the year. New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride have introduced a new “Expanded Access” initiative, which allows residents at certain income levels to continue to enroll in free or nearly free health coverage through Get Covered New Jersey. The new Expanded Access Special Enrollment Period allows qualifying consumers with an annual household income of up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to enroll in a health plan throughout the year. This population will… Read MoreContinue Reading
Independence: Changes to the Value and Select formularies for April 1
Changes to the Value and Select formularies for April 1 Independence Blue Cross is making changes to the Value and Select Drug Program® (Select) formularies effective April 1, 2022. Updates are made to the Value and Select formularies quarterly.The updated lists for April 1 are available now on our website. Select the appropriate link to view the Value or Select formulary. The updated list can be found under “Formulary drug documents.” Changes that result in positive member experiences happen quarterly in January, April, July, and October. Examples of these changes include new drugs and generics being added to the formularies, tier changes that can result in lowering member cost‑share, and utilization management removal.Negative formulary changes… Read MoreContinue Reading
Tax Advantaged Benefit Documents
This site is dedicated to providing employers with the tools they need to successfully establish these written plans with SPDs at the lowest cost possible.Continue Reading
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 brokerContinue Reading
IRS Guidance Clarifies DCAP Relief
The IRS released Notice 2021-26 to address taxation of Dependent Care Assistance Programs (“DCAPs”) as it relates to the relief afforded under Section 214 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) and the increased DCAP limit under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”).Continue Reading