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About Mike Beck

Area VP, Health & Welfare Consulting provides expert consultation to clients in helping them to create and manage a customized benefit strategy for their employees. Mike’s active and dynamic approach to work and getting things done makes him a perfect fit in the HCW family.
21 01, 2019

Hospitals Must Post their Prices Online – A Step in the Right Direction for Transparency

By |January 21st, 2019|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on Hospitals Must Post their Prices Online – A Step in the Right Direction for Transparency

Healthcare costs and fees concept.Hand of smart doctor used a calculator for medical costs in modern hospital

As part of a new federal rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires hospitals to post their prices for services online.

7 08, 2018

Will your Drug Costs drop in 2019?

By |August 7th, 2018|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Will your Drug Costs drop in 2019?

Will your Drug Costs drop in 2019Rising cost of prescription drugs has continued to make the national news and has become the subject of multiple congressional hearings. Consequently, many drug manufactures and insurance companies are slowing the rates of cost increase [...]

21 05, 2018

Direct Primary Care is on the Rise

By |May 21st, 2018|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Direct Primary Care is on the Rise

Direct Primary Care is on the RisePatients who have grown frustrated with large health system primary care physician practices are now finding an alternative option in direct primary care.

While direct primary care has been around for some time, it is building [...]

26 02, 2018

Should You Use Your Insurance to Pay for Prescription Drugs or Just Pay Cash?

By |February 26th, 2018|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Should You Use Your Insurance to Pay for Prescription Drugs or Just Pay Cash?

Should You Use Your Insurance to Pay for Prescription Drugs or Just Pay CashRecently, my spouse went to the pharmacy to fill a prescription and ended up paying cash because she did not have her insurance card. A few days later, [...]

19 12, 2017

Top 5 Things To Do if You Receive IRS Letter 226-J

By |December 19th, 2017|Compliance|Comments Off on Top 5 Things To Do if You Receive IRS Letter 226-J

Top 5 Things To Do if You Receive IRS Letter 226-JAlthough the current administration has directed the federal agencies to use their regulatory authority to simplify and delay certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), many employers may [...]

9 10, 2017

7 Ways PPACA Has Influenced Bankruptcies in the United States

By |October 9th, 2017|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on 7 Ways PPACA Has Influenced Bankruptcies in the United States

7 Ways PPACA Has Influenced Bankruptcies in the United StatesAs Congress continues to develop a replacement option for the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it’s important to recognize one little-known fact: PPACA has dramatically reduced the number of Americans who file [...]

15 09, 2017

UNC Health Care Set to Partner with Carolinas HealthCare – Is This Good for Consumers?

By |September 15th, 2017|Health Management|Comments Off on UNC Health Care Set to Partner with Carolinas HealthCare – Is This Good for Consumers?

UNC Health Care Set to Partnerwith Carolinas HealthCareOn August 31, 2017, UNC Health Care announced a plan to merge with Carolinas HealthCare. This merger, if approved, would bring together the nation’s second largest healthcare system with a renowned, academic-based teaching hospital [...]

5 05, 2017

Paid Family and Sick Leave: A Country Divided

By |May 5th, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Paid Family and Sick Leave: A Country Divided

paid leaveLast year, New York became the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family leave, having enacted a paid sick leave law in 2014.  While New York is set to implement the paid family leave policy in 2018, [...]

1 03, 2017

Will Employers Embrace Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements?

By |March 1st, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Will Employers Embrace Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements?

QSEHRAA new option for small employers was signed into law on December 15, 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.  The 21st Century Cures Act is a very broad piece of legislation intended to focus on accelerating [...]

13 10, 2016

Colorado Looks To A Single Payer Solution: ColoradoCare

By |October 13th, 2016|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Colorado Looks To A Single Payer Solution: ColoradoCare

colorado careThis November, Colorado voters will have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 69 known as ColoradoCare.  The amendment would create a non-profit state-based insurance option governed by a 21 member board of trustees covering all residents [...]

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