Despite the increase in the use of telehealth for mental health visits, utilization of mental health services is still down in 2020 compared to previous years. This is despite the increased stress and depression due to the COVID-19 pandemic.. Read more
NY-based TPA continues its nationwide growth with launch of additional services
NEW YORK (November 11, 2020) – MagnaCare, a third party administrator with deep expertise supporting Taft-Hartley trusts, today announced Seattle-based SEIU 775 Benefits Group has chosen MagnaCare’s new and expanded Trust and Welfare Administration Services to enable contribution accounting, financial administration, employee hours administration, enrollment and eligibility determination, and COBRA administration. SEIU 775 Benefits Group will partner with MagnaCare to support its Health Benefits Trust, offering high-value, high-impact health benefits to more than 53,000 caregivers in Washington State and Montana.
For 30 years, MagnaCare has been a trusted provider of third party administration services to self-insured groups. A nationally recognized leader in health benefit solutions, MagnaCare conducts business in all 50 states. In this new relationship, MagnaCare will provide technology-powered Trust and Welfare Administration Services to SEIU 775 Benefits Group.
“MagnaCare has always had strong reputation as a reliable and responsive partner for self-insured health plan administrators. Over the past several years, we have been heavily investing in our innovative healthcare technology platform to power the additional services that our clients expect from us,” said Michelle Zettergren, President, Labor. “We are proud to launch our new and expanded Trust and Welfare Administration Services nationally, designed in partnership with SEIU 775 Benefits Group. MagnaCare looks forward to continue to grow and innovate to serve even more Taft-Hartley trusts across the country.”
“We were looking for an innovator in benefits administration, with creative solutions, who will partner with us to help our Health Benefits Trust better serve our caregivers,” said Laura Reding, Managing Director of SEIU 775 Benefits Group Health Benefits Trust. “MagnaCare’s deep knowledge of healthcare combined with its agile technology platform makes them the perfect partner to help us administer the Health Benefits Trust and support the health of frontline, essential caregivers.”
For nearly three decades, New York-based MagnaCare has been building healthy communities together with Taft-Hartley trusts, TPAs, carriers, and workers’ compensation and no-fault payors. Its wholly owned networks, full health plan management services, trust and welfare administration services, comprehensive in-house medical management, and leading outcomes-based casualty solutions offer the ultimate flexibility and customization that help self-insured customers control healthcare costs, improve health, and achieve exceptional value. MagnaCare is a division of Brighton Health Plan Solutions, LLC. Learn more at MagnaCare.com.
It’s not too late to get the flu shot. In fact, never has it been more important.
Five Reasons Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot:
1. You never forget the flu.
It can be miserable. It can also be deadly. People with flu can experience symptoms such as high fever, severe muscle ache, lack of energy, chills, cough, and congestion. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions. In the 2019-2020 flu season, 39-56 million people got the flu and 29,000-62,000 died.
2. It’s an effective vaccine.
The vaccine reduces your chance of infection. If you do still catch the flu, the flu shot will likely lower your risk of complications, severe illness, or death. While it’s good to get the flu shot early, you can get the flu vaccine anytime during the flu season, which typically lasts from October through March and sometimes as late as May. In order of cost-effectiveness, the best location to get the flu vaccine is at a local pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS, followed by a retail clinic, and then the physician’s office.
3. You don’t want COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.
Both these viruses target your lungs, which means you can get sicker than if you had just one virus alone.
4. The flu spreads easily and anyone can get it, including healthy people.
Mostly the viruses influenza A and influenza B cause the flu. Both viruses have strains that mutate often, so every year new flu vaccines are released based on which flu strains are currently in circulation. This is why you need to get the flu shot every year.
5. It can keep you out of the hospital.
Because the flu season coincides with a pandemic, there may not be enough healthcare resources to support a large influx of both flu and COVID-19 patients simultaneously. In the 2019-2020 flu season, 410,000-740,000 flu patients were hospitalized.
The CDC recommends that children over 6 months old and adults should get the flu shot. Flu shots are available at most pharmacy chains, and they’re no cost with most insurance.