Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

GOP Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.


GOP Health Bill Penalizes Patients Who Let Insurance Lapse

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In some states, a break in health coverage of more than 63 days would let insurers charge premiums of any price for a year — putting health insurance out of reach for many sick people, analysts say.


Urgent Care Services For Cancer Patients Offer A Gentler ER Alternative

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Some hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care sites tailored to the needs of cancer patients, to help keep them out of the emergency room when complications or side effects arise.


Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.


FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.


What Happens To A Congressman's Health Insurance If Obamacare Goes Down?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Under the Affordable Care Act, most members of Congress and staff who want to buy health insurance must buy it on the exchange. That requirement is not affected by bills aimed at replacing the ACA.


Trump Team Urges Skimpier Health Plans To Lure More People To Buy Insurance

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would likely raise the deductibles and copays of new policies sold on the exchanges, starting next fall. Monthly premiums would likely be cheaper.


HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the U.S., there are about 39,000 cancers associated with the human papillomavirus each year. Doctors say the new HPV vaccine may help reduce the number of cases.


GOP Resurrects A Bill From 2003 To Help Small Firms Buy Health Insurance

Friday, March 24, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan supports a bill that would allow "association health plans" to be sold nationally to small businesses. But critics say such plans tend to be skimpy and not well-regulated.


Some See 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' As A GOP-Friendly Way To Provide Routine Care

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

In "direct primary care," a model favored by HHS Secretary Tom Price, patients pay a monthly fee to doctors for basic health care. But does that really provide better value?


GOP Considers Trimming Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The woman set to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. Other services could be cut entirely.


Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.


Even If You Expect Obamacare To Be Repealed, Don't Skip Paying Tax Penalty Now

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

People who think the change in administrations may save them from having to pay a fine for not having insurance in 2016 could be in for a rude surprise.


Sales Of Short-Term Insurance Plans Could Surge If Health Law Is Relaxed

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Consumer advocates say that these short-term policies, often in force for six months or less, don't have important safeguards that customers need. But the coverage can be cheaper.


Medical Debt Is Top Reason Consumers Hear From Collection Agencies

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that 59 percent of people contacted by a debt collector had outstanding medical bills. Telecommunications and utility bills trailed far behind.


How Large Employer Health Plans Could Be Affected By Obamacare Overhaul

Thursday, January 19, 2017

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.


A Raise Can Wreak Havoc With Your Health Insurance Subsidy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Health insurance subsidies are pegged to personal income estimates. But if those are too low, a person may have to repay the government later on.


Obamacare Plans Don't Always Include Top Cancer Centers

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

In a number of states, including big ones such as New York and Texas, leading cancer centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering aren't included in insurers' networks. What's a patient's recourse?


Revised Special Insurance Enrollment Rules Shift Burden To Consumers

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Consumers who want to sign up for health coverage on the federal marketplace after the usual deadline passes may need to do extra work to show they qualify for special enrollment later.


Sign Up For Health Coverage If You Need It, Despite GOP Repeal Plans

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Republicans' plans to overhaul the federal health law aren't expected to take effect immediately, so consumers can still sign up for 2017 coverage — and should, if they need insurance.