Cigna+Oscar Announcement

Oscar and Cigna Healthcare have made the decision not to renew Cigna + Oscar Small Group plans nationally as of December 15, 2024. They will continue to provide coverage for Cigna + Oscar Small Group services through the end of each member’s policy, and specific timing is dependent on each groups’ enrollment date. Dates: As per the federal and state deadlines, Cigna + Oscar will inform plan sponsors and insured persons about the discontinuation. Oscar will stay active in the individual market and concentrate on that area of the company’s operations. To see ARTICLE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated… Read More

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IRS Addresses Tax Treatment Of Work-Life Referral Services

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) clarified the tax treatment of several work-life referral (“WLR”) services offered by employers in a new Fact Sheet FAQ. According to the FAQ, the value of the WLR services may be deducted from employees’ salary as a de minimis fringe benefit in cases when they are included in employee assistance programs (“EAPs”) or are otherwise bundled with other services. WLR Programs WLR services are offered to qualified employees through the employer-funded WLR program. WLR services are informative and referral consultations that help staff members locate, engage, and bargain with life-management providers to find answers to personal, professional, or family problems. Generally speaking, unless a part… Read More

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Medicare Supplement plan closure

AmeriHealth will stop accepting new enrollments for any Medicare Supplement plans as of April 1, 2024, the date the plans go into effect. Medicare Supplement Plans A, C, D, F, G, G-HD, and N were provided by AmeriHealth. Members who are presently enrolled in these plans will continue to receive services from AmeriHealth, guaranteeing that their coverage will not be stopped. To read more about the article click HERE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any… Read More

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2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2025 Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies (the Rate Announcement). The objectives set forth by CMS for Medicare and Part D align with our overall program vision for the agency, which includes advancing health justice, promoting affordability and the Medicare program’s sustainability, and driving comprehensive, person-centered care. Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to… Read More

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Update on Legislation – EmblemHealth

President Joe Biden presented his budget proposal on March 11th, 2024, for the federal fiscal year that would start on October 1st. Along with raising taxes on people earning more than $400,000 annually, the budget would also help extend talks with pharmaceutical corporations to prolong the Medicare program’s financial viability. click HERE to read the whole article. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

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United Healthcare and Mount Sinai Renew Relationship

In accordance with a new multi-year agreement between UnitedHealthcare and Mount Sinai Health System, individuals participating in employer-sponsored and individual plans, such as the Oxford Health Plan, will once again have network access to the system’s hospitals. Additionally, the agreement guarantees continuous, uninterrupted access to the doctors at Mount Sinai. for more information click HERE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

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Claim Processing Delays and Invoice Updates

On February 21, 2024, MVP stopped doing business with Change Healthcare and its subsidiaries, as well as all digital interactions. This was due to a cyber security breach. In compliance with national and state regulations, MVP is implementing innovative business solutions and restoring affected service functionality as needed. Processing Delays for Provider Claims : New York State Department of Financial Services encourage issuers and pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) to take into account granting provider requests to halt or reverse specific administrative processes. MVP is assessing each provider’s request for suspension and tolling individually and determining whether a certification is necessary. To read more click HERE We are dedicated to providing… Read More

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Health Care Cyberattack

Although it does not yet know when the recovery from the Change Healthcare hack last month will be completed, UnitedHealth is testing the system to restore it. This week, the care giant said that it is testing technology for processing medical claims. It already has mostly restored systems for handling drug claims and processing payments. The technology utilized to file and handle insurance claims is provided by Change Healthcare. It works with claims from many insurers and processes around 14 billion transactions annually. Some patients might be directed to different pharmacies where billing issues are less of a concern. Industry executives have stated that delays in patient bills are possible. Progress:… Read More

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Cleveland Clinic will remain in our MA network in Florida and Ohio

We are pleased to announce that Cleveland Clinic will stay part of our Medicare Advantage (MA) network in Florida and Ohio after successful negotiations! This covers all specialists, ancillary providers, hospitals, and primary care physicians (PCPs). Once a contractual agreement is achieved, Cleveland Clinic services will continue to be accessible without interruption. Customers will receive letters in the upcoming weeks letting them know that Cleveland Clinic is still in network and that they don’t need to take any action right now. The PCP assignments at Cleveland Clinic are all still the same. Have any questions? call us at (215) 355-2121 or click Cigna healthcare provider directory to view the most… Read More

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UnitedHealthcare – RxDC Information Required by Deadline

Please assist us in answering the required questions in the CAA Pharmacy Data Collection request information that is located in the employer/broker portal. It will make sure that UnitedHealthcare can successfully submit the data report. In order for us to prepare the data for submission to CMS by June 1, 2024, we must get the information by April 10, 2024, thus your prompt answer is extremely important. To read more click HERE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions… Read More

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2023 Premium Contribution Reporting Requirements

Federal regulation mandates that insurance providers and employer-based health plans to fully insured and self-funded—submit yearly reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with respect to prescription medication and medical spending. Employer premium contribution data for the 2023 calendar year (January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023) must now be supplied in accordance with the regulation. We require your assistance or the assistance of your clients, in order for Independent Health to meet these reporting requirements. Action required for fully insured plans The division of plan premiums paid by the employer group versus the subscriber must be disclosed by Independent Health. As a result, for the calendar… Read More

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Aetna – Data Collection Requirement for Rx Data Collection Reporting Submission

The deadline for submitting Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) reporting for the reference year 2023 is June 1, 2024. Certain data items that were not necessary for the first submission must be included in this one. As a result, Aetna has created a procedure to help our plan sponsors submit these reports. Important Update: Data Collection Requirement for Prescription Drug Data Collection Reporting Submission Read more HERE We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you… Read More

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FTC to send nearly $100 million in refunds to consumers of Benefytt’s fraudulent health plans

Refunds are being sent by the Federal Trade Commission to customers it claims purchased fraudulent health plans that Benefytt Technologies misrepresented as Obamacare plans or  Affordable Care Act. Benefytt, which operated under several identities, including Health Insurance Innovations, used deceptive websites and aggressive marketing to trick people looking for health insurance into purchasing fake policies that came with expensive monthly premiums, according to the FTC’s August 2022 complaint. “Benefytt pocketed millions selling sham insurance to seniors and other consumers looking for health coverage,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement at the time the original complaint was filed.  Qualified for the refund: Click HERE to… Read More

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2024 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On October 12, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2024 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs, and the 2024 Medicare Part D income-related monthly adjustment amounts. The Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) help more than 10 million people with coverage of Medicare premiums and, in most cases, other cost sharing. In their continued efforts to improve access to health care and lower costs for millions of Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through CMS, recently finalized a rule to streamline enrollment in MSPs, making coverage more affordable for an estimated 860,000 people. In addition, the… Read More

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CONSENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE BROKER ASSISTANCE

CONSENT FOR BROKER ASSISTANCE FORM AS REQUIRED UNDER THE 2023 CMS-9899-F AMENDMENT OF 45 CFR § 155.220 Click here to complete the consent form This consent form outlines your rights. Please read it carefully. As a licensed Health Insurance Broker, Ed MacConnell  of  Total Benefit Solutions Inc  has completed the annual Affordable Care Act certification by the Marketplace in your state. With this yearly training, and an individual or family’s formal consent, brokers are authorized to search for and assist households with their Marketplace account. The purpose of this form is to receive your informed written consent. Terms of Consent I give my permission to Total Benefit Solutions Inc, and/or their staff… Read More

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Cheapest Health Insurance in Pennsylvania (2024 Plans)

Premium costs on Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace, Pennie vary by Catastrophic, Bronze, Silver or Gold tier. In Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield offers the most affordable Bronze and Catastrophic plans, while UPMC Health Plan and Jefferson Health Plans provide the lowest-priced Gold and Silver plans in 2024, respectively. Of course, just because one plan costs less to buy does not make it the best plan to meet your needs. The health insurance experts at Total Benefit Solutions, Inc can shop the entire market for you, taking into account the healthcare needs of your family and guide you to the best plan for you. Contact us today at (215)355-2121.

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Navigating the Basics of Medicare: Understanding the Four Parts

Medicare, a vital healthcare program for seniors and certain disabled individuals, comprises four key parts. This post breaks down each part’s coverage, providing a concise overview for better understanding. Medicare Eligibility: Eligibility kicks in at age 65 or after receiving 24 months of Social Security Disability payments. Unlike private insurance, Medicare doesn’t have family plans, allowing individuals to make independent coverage choices. The Four Parts of Medicare: Visit the website for a deeper dive into the intricacies and benefits of Medicare. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact… Read More

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Special Election Period may be available to members affected by severe weather

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have declared a weather-related emergency or major disaster in your state. Medicare beneficiaries affected may be eligible for a Special Election Period (SEP).  For marketing materials that comply with CMS marketing requirements, please visit the UnitedHealthcare Toolkit.  Who is eligible?  Beneficiaries who do not live in the impacted areas but receive assistance making healthcare decisions from someone who lives in one of the affected areas are also eligible; and  What does this mean for beneficiaries?  Enrollment Overview If a consumer contacts you as a result of this SEP, you may help them enroll in one of our plans and may be eligible for a… Read More

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Case Study: A Voluntary Benefits Strategy

The Issue One of our clients approached us during a pre-renewal meeting to ask how they can further control costs without drastically impacting the well-being of their employees. Our Solution They already had done most of the things we had recommended in past years, but there was one area left that could help…voluntary benefits. We suggested they offer a portfolio of programs that included life and disability coverage, allowing them to reduce the scope of their “rich” company paid plans and enabling anyone interested to supplement the reduced benefits by purchasing the coverage on their own. This, we felt, was a great way to save premium dollars without creating too… Read More

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Empire BCBS Now Anthem BCBS!

In a momentous move, Empire BlueCross BlueShield has officially transformed into Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, marking a significant milestone for the renowned health insurance provider. The company is thrilled to announce the launch of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in both their downstate and upstate markets, reinforcing their commitment to enhancing the overall customer experience. The transition to the Anthem brand is not merely a change in name; it represents a strategic effort to simplify operations and reduce complexities in the market. Anthem is a nationally recognized name, offering a host of advantages for members residing out of state who are affiliated with New York-based companies. By… Read More

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IBC’s Latest Updates: Weight Loss Drug Policy

The International Benefits Consortium (IBC) has recently revamped its weight management medication coverage, responding to the FDA’s approval of Zepbound—a potent combination of GIP and GLP-1 receptors. This aligns Zepbound with existing options like Wegovy® and Saxenda® under IBC’s coverage criteria. Key Points: Weight Loss Drug Policy Update: IBC’s weight loss drug policy now includes Zepbound, showcasing their commitment to staying current with pharmaceutical advancements and ensuring robust coverage options for members. CAA Gag Clause Attestation: Addressing transparency concerns, IBC acknowledges the CAA’s impact on healthcare communication by eliminating “gag clauses” that restrict information exchange between providers and patients. Healthy You Program Options: IBC introduces new program options for self-funded… Read More

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Cigna Healthcare and Tower Health Contract Updates

In a recent development, Tower Health is no longer part of the network as of January 1, 2024. Negotiations for a contract extension are ongoing, but Tower Health has not committed to continuing collaboration. The main point of contention is significant rate increases demanded by Tower Health, which could lead to higher healthcare costs for clients and their members. To assist affected customers, the healthcare provider assures support in finding alternative, in-network providers nearby. One Guide representatives are available 24/7 at the number on Cigna ID cards or (800) 244-6224. Online tools on myCigna.com and the myCigna mobile app help locate in-network hospitals and providers. Members have been proactively notified… Read More

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Alert: Chicago Employers, Brace for Paid Leave Shifts in 2024

In a recent development, the Chicago City Council has made significant changes to the Paid Leave, Paid Sick, and Safe Leave Ordinance, pushing the effective date from December 31, 2023, to July 1, 2024. This delay provides employers with additional time to adapt to the impending modifications. Key amendments include a redefined “Covered Employee,” now requiring a minimum of 80 hours worked within any 120-day period in the city. Employers must communicate their time-off policies in writing, emphasizing clarity in the primary language of each Covered Employee. Medium-sized employers benefit from a partial payout period extension until July 1, 2025, allowing more time for adjustment. Additionally, irrespective of Covered Employee… Read More

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Key Reminders for Individual Health Plan Payments

In the realm of health insurance, timely payments are non-negotiable. Whether it’s an on-exchange or off-exchange policy, paying your first monthly premium promptly is crucial to avoid termination for non-payment—a situation not considered a Qualifying Life Event. Reinstatement after termination may not always be possible, emphasizing the need for proactive payment. ID cards are issued only once payment is up to date. Understanding grace periods is key. Off-exchange policies typically have a 30-day grace period, while on-exchange policies with subsidies enjoy a 90-day window. Consult with your carrier to know your policy’s specifics. Stay informed to navigate the complexities and ensure uninterrupted coverage for you and your loved ones. We’re… Read More

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Ambetter Health Members: Ensure Coverage for January 2024!

As we approach the end of the year, we want to remind you of a crucial deadline to ensure uninterrupted coverage for the upcoming year. Payment Deadline: December 31, 2023: Ambetter Health members must make their January premium payment by December 31, 2023, to guarantee seamless coverage for the start of 2024. To make this process quick and convenient, we recommend using Quick Pay option for a fast, one-time payment. For Assistance: If you have any questions or require assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dedicated Ambetter Health Account Executive. You can contact them at 1-855-700-7985, selecting option 3. Alternatively, you can email ambettersales@centene.com. Ensuring your premium payment is processed… Read More

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