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Benefit Briefs Newsletter:
September 2017

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:We keep this newsletter brief to respect your time and inbox while providing timely information. With so much changing it's  a challenge. Please click the links to get information, and let us know if you need more answers.
Open Enrollment Important Notice

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It's that time of the year again and your dedicated team at Total Benefit Solutions is getting ready! 

Please be aware of the following open enrollment dates.  With open enrollment dates changing this year it's never been more important to get scheduled sooner rather than later. The ACA open enrollment period has been condensed even further this year!

Important dates:

September 30th: ANOC notification period ends. For Medicare Advantage and Part D clients who should have received their Annual Notice of Coverage for 2018. Please let us know if you have not received yours.

October 1st: October 15th Medicare Advantage pre-open enrollment period. During this time we can provide rates and benefits but cannot make any changes or accept any applications.

October 15th: Medicare Advantage Annual Open Enrollment Begins for clients with Medicare Advantage Plans and  Medicare Part D PDP Drug Cards

November 1st: Affordable Care Act open enrollment opens for individuals, families and small groups in the SHOP.

November 30th: SHOP small group open enrollment ends.

December 7th: Medicare open enrollment ends. This is the last day to submit applications for the 2018 plan year.

December 15th: Affordable Care Act open enrollment period ends. This is the last day to submit applications for the 2018 plan year. 

Please note: ACA plan dates are applicable to all non group clients who have individual ACA coverage on the healthcare marketplace and also off the marketplace. 

Ask us if you have a qualifying special election period. If so, these dates may not apply to you. Call us right away to be sure or schedule your client review!
Ease Central Online Enrollment is Here! 
Total Benefit Solutions & Ease Central
Total Benefit Solutions & Ease Central

In an effort to enhance our client experience even further, Total Benefit Solutions is pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with  Ease Central.  

Ease central is an employee on-boarding and benefit enrollment portal that can make the enrollment process easier. 

Ask us today how your organization can benefit from implementing Ease Central!
HR, Compliance & Payroll Solutions

At Total Benefit Solutions Inc., we are dedicated to providing the advice our clients need to remain compliant and make informed benefit decisions. 

See all of our latest compliance bulletins by clicking here.

Aetna to Withdraw from New Jersey Small Employer Market in 2018


HSA Adjusted Amounts for 2018 now available: Click here to view. 


Medicare Part D Notification ReminderEmployers sponsoring a group health plan need to report information on  the plan's prescription drug coverage.

Low Cost ERISA Wraps: If you offer group health insurance you're required by law to distribute a Wrap SPD within 120 days of the Plan's effective date. 

Compliance and Health Reform Education Center: Compliance bulletins along with short informative videos. 

Have A Complex HR or Payroll need? Total Benefit Solutions has partnered with some of the best HR professionals in the industry to provide top-notch and timely services when you need it. Just call your Total Benefit Solutions account manager today and ask about our HR professionals.   Still have questions about compliance? Please call us today at (215) 355-2121 and we will get you the answers you need! 
Don't do it yourself! One wrong click and you could be stuck in a bad plan or worse! 
Transition Solutions:

Total Benefit Solutions Transition Team is here to help your employees get enrolled who are transitioning off of your employer plan for any reason including:

R eaching Medicare Eligibility

Reaching Age 26

Leaving Employment or COBRA


Call Jennifer Bremme in our office today at (215)355-2121 if we can help with any transitioning questions or concerns for yourself, a coworker or a family member. 

Medicare Solutions:

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Log on to Medicareful today_

Total Benefit Solutions has partnered with Medicareful. Medicareful is a powerful new online portal that allows you to see and compare the plans where you live. 

We Value Your Feedback!

At Total Benefit Solutions your feedback is important to us. We work for your benefit and are here to serve our clients! Please take a moment to visit our page on Facebook and leave a review of your experience or take one of our our client surveys. 

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Working with Ed and his staff has been a great experience. I love the personalized service that we get. Our phone calls are immediately addressed and we are always taken care of...It's outstanding! I would highly recommend!!!!
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Warm Regards, 
Edward T. MacConnell CBC, CHRS
Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist

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