United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Being Hyper Aware of Hypertension

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

As wellness programs continue to flourish particularly among large employers, a discovery is being made about one of the most important health conditions – hypertension. Hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) is a medical issue where the pressure of the blood in a person’s cardiovascular system is constantly elevated. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Yet even without symptoms, damage to arteries, blood vessels, and even the heart continues until serious health issues, including a heart attack and stroke, happen.

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Topics: wellness, health care costs, health screening, hypertension, biometric screening

DOL Issues FAQ on Mental Health Parity and ACA Market Reform Provisions

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Nov 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently provided an informational FAQ relating to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform provisions. Non-grandfathered group health plans and individual or group market health insurance must cover a variety of preventive services without any cost-sharing requirements. Required preventive services include "breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies," obesity screening and weight management services for certain individuals, colonoscopies for certain age groups, and contraception coverage for women.

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Topics: ACA, wellness programs, Danielle Capilla, Affordable Care Act, health screening, contraception coverage accommodation, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act, lactation counseling