Industry Articles

New Medicare Cards Starting April 2018

CMS is removing Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like enrollments, billing, eligibility status, and claim status. Beginning in April...

Cigna to Buy Express Scripts in $52 Billion Health Care Deal

The health insurance giant Cigna said on Thursday that it had agreed to buy Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, in a $52 billion deal that could further reshape the roiling health care landscape. The deal is the latest in a wave of consolidations that is sweeping through...

What to Do When Your Doctor Leaves Your Health Plan

When you have a good relationship with your doctor, it’s almost like magic – especially if you’ve ever had a doctor you’ve disliked. After all, a good doctor-patient relationship can do wonders for the quality of your health care. You’re more likely to be open and candid, and the doctor is more...

2018 HSA Family Contribution Limit Decreased

On Monday, March 5th, 2018 the IRS announced that the previously released maximum family contribution limit to a Health Savings Account (HSA) has been reduced from $6,900 to $6,850 for 2018. This change applies immediately and any contribution to an HSA that has family-level coverage in 2018 over $6,850 will...

Virtual Visits/Telemedicine

Access convenient care like never before through your health provider’s virtual care tools. If you have non-emergency, non-urgent symptoms, these tools allow you to have a face-to-face conversation with a provider via live video on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. Treatment is available for symptoms of a cold, allergies,...