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.

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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 connected with the IBX Smartphone App

Download the free IBX app for your iPhone or Android to help you make the most of your Independence Blue Cross health plan. With new and improved features, the IBX app gives you easy access to your health care coverage 24/7, wherever you are. As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance professionals if you have any questions about this bulletin. Click here to read more.

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Open Enrollment Tips from Total Benefit Solutions!

As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists today at (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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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.

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What does ” Guaranteed Issue” health insurance mean?

Guaranteed issue A requirement that health plans must permit you to enroll regardless of health status, age, gender, or other factors that might predict the use of health services. Except in some states, guaranteed issue doesn’t limit how much you can be charged if you enroll. Not all health insurance plans are guaranteed issue. Have any questions about your health insurance? Contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists at (215)355-2121 https://www.totalbenefits.net

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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 More

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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.

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Turning 26: Your Guide to Health Insurance

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many young people choose to stay on their parent’s health insurance for as long as possible, and with good reason. The historic healthcare law, also known as Obamacare, allows young adults to stay on their parent’s health plan until they turn 26, no matter what. Download our free easy to read guide to getting your own health insurance here. Contact your health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions Inc with any additional questions (215)355-2121

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Download the latest guide to COBRA and Mini COBRA

COBRA can be confusing for small and larger employees alike. Our quick guide to COBRA is here to make it easier. it’s simple and free to download! COBRA is not only an employer mandate but can also effect people on the health insurance marketplace! Take a look and then ask your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc health insurance specialists how COBRA effects you or your group.

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Aetna Client Series: Reimagining Workforce Strategies Webinar

Reimagining Workforce Strategies Thursday, June 23 at 2 PM ET Our next Aetna Client Series webinar is on Thursday, June 23 at 2 PM ET featuring: Tanya Taupier, SVP and Senior HRBP – HCB, Aetna and Jannine Zucker, Principal, Deloitte Consulting. This webinar is specifically designed for Aetna clients to hear about relevant thought leadership content. The topic of this webinar will be: Reimagining workforce strategies. Please share this invitation with your clients and join them to learn more about workforce strategies for success. Many organizations are struggling with an urgent talent crisis: The Great Resignation. As businesses search for ways to attract – and retain – talent. They have an opportunity to refocus their thinking on how and… Read More

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New Qualifying Life Event through Pennie for New Customers!

Depending on a customer’s household income, they may qualify to enroll in coverage through a new Special Enrollment Period and receive financial assistance offered through Pennie! If a customer’s income is equal to or below 150% Federal Poverty Level (see table below), they can enroll in coverage through Pennie at any time of the year. New enrollees will need to take these steps to enroll in coverage under this qualifying life event: Submit a new Pennie application  If they meet the criteria in the table below, a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) will automatically open!  Once the SEP opens, they will have 60-days to enroll in a plan through Pennie. Once enrolled, coverage will begin the start of… Read More

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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 More

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SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act Ruling

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New Mandatory Preventive Items and Services

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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.

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Alternatives to Health Insurance Benefits

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What is Blue Card PPO?

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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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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”).

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CMS Announces Medicare Plan Finder Improvements

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Can Employers Ask for Proof of Vaccination?

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