°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Michelle Andrews

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Most Health Savings Account Owners Stick With Conservative Options

Thursday, September 03, 2015

People who have had health savings accounts open longer are more likely to invest their contributions. But only about 5 percent of all account holders do so.


High Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Goes Overlooked

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cost increases for both old and new diabetes drugs are forcing many patients to scramble to pay for them.


A Change To Out-Of-Pocket Health Insurance Limits Irks Employers

Monday, August 17, 2015

In 2016, the out-of-pocket spending limit for anyone in an insured family would be set at $6,850. Employers say that would be a costly change for plans that set caps based on total family spending.


Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?


Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.


Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cancer patients who get what some people are calling prehabilitation can recover more quickly, early research suggests. Getting insurance to cover it can be tricky, though.


Intensive End-Of-Life Care On The Rise For Cancer Patients

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Researchers found that although the use of durable powers of attorney increased, so, too, has the number of people who received all possible care at the end of life.


States Make Laws To Protect Patients From Hidden Medical Bills

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Too many patients only learn after they get the bill that their insurer won't cover some medical services provided in the hospital. New laws in several states aim to stop those nasty surprises.


Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a screening colonoscopy without any out-of-pocket costs for the test itself. But there can be surprising costs for consumers anyway.


Disputes Made Prevention Panel Stronger, Says Former Leader

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dr. Michael LeFevre, who stepped down as chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in March, describes how the health law changed how the group works and communicates its findings.


Insurance Still Doesn't Cover Childbirth For Some Young Women

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Insurance coverage for maternity care is deemed essential under the Affordable Care Act. But adult children on a parent's plan still may be on the hook for the cost of childbirth. And it's not cheap.


Consumers In 'Grandfathered' Health Plans Can Face Higher Costs

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

These older policies existed before the health law was enacted in 2010 and haven't change much. They cover about a quarter of insured workers, and aren't subject to the same rules as Obamacare plans.


More Preventive Health Services Approved For No-Cost Coverage

Friday, June 05, 2015

The newest recommended services are hepatitis B screening for adolescents and adults at high risk for infection and low-dose aspirin for pregnant women who are at high risk for preeclampsia.


If Your Doctor Leaves Your Health Plan, You Can't Easily Follow

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Consumers can switch plans outside of the annual open enrollment period for some specific life changes, but generally not when a doctor falls out of the plan.


Second Opinions Are Often Sought, But Their Value Isn't Clear

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Patients facing serious illnesses often seek medical reviews of their cases. Some people glean helpful advice, but researchers don't have much data about whether the consults lead to better results.


Feds Tell Insurers To Pay For Anesthesia During Screening Colonoscopies

Friday, May 15, 2015

Most people are anesthetized during colonoscopy. Federal law mandates that the cancer test itself must be fully covered by insurers, but quite a few of them didn't pay for anesthesia.


Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.


How Getting Married Affects Health Insurance Tax Credits

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If marriage is on the horizon, it might be wise to set aside some money for the taxman. An increase in family income after the vows can trigger repayment of a health insurance credit.


Is It Time To Make Medical And Family Leave Paid?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Democrats in Congress have reintroduced a bill that would create a national paid leave program, covering two thirds of people's wages for up to 60 days a year. But small business owners are wary.


Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Medicine's move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.