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Extended Employee Leave Provisions Set to Expire December 31

Although it feels like ages ago, it was only last March when we began complying with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – and were required to extend sick leave and FMLA leave to...

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MedBen Rx Member Prescription Portal Launches December 1

On December 1, MedBen Rx will roll out the new Member Prescription Portal. This easy-to-navigate site, available online through MedBen Access or via our mobile app, is designed to help members better manage their pharmacy plan and make cost-effective prescription drug...

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MedBen Analytics Benchmarking Shows How Your Plan Stacks Up

The MedBen Analytics online employer dashboard offers benchmarking capabilities that enable you to compare your data against MedBen’s block of business as well as national norms. With benchmarks, you get a true measure of how your plan stacks up. To apply benchmark...

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Reminder: MedBen COVID-19 Protection Guide, Poster Available

As COVID-19 case numbers are rising again, we wanted to remind you that MedBen has created a COVID-19 Protection Guide. It highlights recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce your chances of catching the novel coronavirus. You...

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Cancer Screening Compliance Lowers Risk, Cuts Costs

A new report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network predicts that 1.8 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2020 at a cost of $200.7 billion. Almost 17 million Americans living today have a cancer history. Employers can help...

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Surgical, Medical Admissions See Sharp Declines in 2020

According to the MedBen Analytics online employer dashboard, total inpatient admissions have dropped 14.2% from 2019 to 2020. Based on MedBen's block of business, surgical admissions saw a 23.9% decrease during the 2019-20 period, followed by a decline in medical...

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FSA Funds and OTC Drug Purchase Reminders

If your plan has a January effective date and you offer a flexible spending account (FSA), it's a good time to remind members that December 31, 2020 is the final day they can use any remaining 2020 funds. Additionally, for most plans, March 31, 2021 is the last day to...

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Flu Shot Reduces Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalization

Our current focus on COVID-19 doesn't mean you should neglect getting a flu shot this year. A new study suggests the vaccine actually lowers your risk for being hospitalized if you get COVID-19. "COVID patients who had not received a flu vaccine within the last year...

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MedBen Closed November 26 & 27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

MedBen will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, November 30. Should you need claims and benefits information about your plan, our MedBen Access online service is available...

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New COVID-19 Group Health Plan Regulations Released

In preparation for the widespread and rapid introduction of COVID-19 immunizations and other coronavirus preventive services, the Tri-Agencies (Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Health and Human Services) have issued interim Final Regulations updating...

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Pandemic Spurs Rise in Mental Health Visits

A recent poll found that 78 percent of adults say the pandemic is adding more stress to their lives, and 19% percent feel their mental health is worse than it was a year ago. Based on the MedBen Analytics COVID-19 Impact Dashboard, our block of business saw mental...

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