October! Put up your spooky decorations and prepare for Halloween stores to
take over every strip mall near you. Here is what we’re reading this week:
- Check out the October edition of America’s Benefit Specialist.
This month’s articles include open enrollment best practices, how to utilize
ICHRAs more effectively, and more!
- NAHU CEO Janet
Trautwein was published in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week. In herop-ed, she outlines exactly why the Medicare eligibility age should not be
- The average premium for Medicare Advantage plans will be lower in 2022 at $19 per month,
compared to $21.22 in 2021, according to new CMS data. However, Part D coverage
is rising to $33 per month, compared to $31.47 in 2021. The agency released the
2022 premiums, deductibles and other key information for Medicare Advantage and
Part D prescription drug plans in advance of the annual Medicare open enrollment.
- For many Americans,
the pandemic has been a wake-up call, a trigger to reexamine the financial
strategies they have created to prepare for the unexpected. Life insurance must be an essential piece of those
strategies. According to LIMRA
and Life Happens, 42 percent of families said they would face financial
hardship within six months if the primary wage earner in the family died.
- Benefits.gov has
put together a list of facts and FAQs about Medicaid to help you find the answers
- While some
healthcare workers remained unvaccinated as California's COVID-19 vaccination mandate took effect September 30, health systems
reported that many have complied. Since state officials issued the order,
several health systems have reported hundreds or thousands more workers getting
- Centene Corporation will pay more than $71.2 million to settle
allegations from Illinois and Arkansas that a pharmacy benefit manager
subsidiary submitted inaccurate bills and failed to disclose discounts. The
insurer will pay out more than $56 million in two installments to Illinois and
$15.2 million to Arkansas.
- Speaking of
Arkansas and pharma, a top pharma lobbying group sued to strike down an
Arkansas law that requires drugmakers
to provide pharmaceuticals discounted under 340B to contract
pharmacies. The lawsuit comes as six drugmakers have restricted sales of 340B
products to contract pharmacies, which has prompted a legal clash with the
- The Justice
Department is combating a surge in counterfeit pills that can cause deadly drug overdoses, an
effort that in the past two months has led to the arrest of more than 800
people, 60 search warrants and 1.8 million recovered counterfeit pills laced
with enough fentanyl to kill 700,000 Americans.
- In this week’s bit
of feel-good news: Reid Alexander was diagnosed with the genetic kidney disease
at age 17 and eventually went into kidney failure. Reid decided to look for
love on the popular dating app Tinder, where he not only met his future
husband, but his future kidney donor as well.