Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Even If You Expect Obamacare To Be Repealed, Don't Skip Paying Tax Penalty Now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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Doctors And Hospitals Tell Patients: Show Us The Money Before Treatment

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

As patients' share of medical bills has grown with the rise in deductibles, copays and coinsurance, providers have become laser focused on getting payments up front.

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Women Could Pay More Than Men For Health Care Under Trump

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers cover maternity services, birth control and screening such as mammograms. Trump administration plans to repeal Obamacare could end that.

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GOP Health Insurance Alternatives May Wind Up Using Penalties Like The Mandate

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Republicans dislike the health law's requirement to have insurance or pay a fine. But if they want to keep the ban on preexisting conditions, they need to find a way to make customers purchase a plan.

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Name Of A Vietnam Veteran Killed By Hepatitis C Added To 'The Wall'

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Members of the military are more than twice as likely to have hepatitis C as the general public. For many, including Jim McGough, the virus takes its final toll decades after they are first infected.

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Worrying About Your Exchange Coverage? Obamacare Repeal Would Take A While

Friday, November 11, 2016

Republican efforts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act are expected to take time to work through Congress. There are also indications the new administration would give consumers time to adjust.

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Hunting For A Health Plan? Bronze May Be Your Best Value

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The lower premiums that come with bronze plans, plus Obamacare's caps on out-of-pocket spending, can make these plans the best deal for people who have very few medical expenses — or very many.

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Seniors' Teeth Need Dental Care, But Insurance Coverage Is Rare

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Aging takes a toll on teeth, but Medicare doesn't cover most dental needs, and private plans often have skimpy coverage. That means people are paying out of pocket for care or going without.

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7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The plans sought to discourage costly HIV patients by not including their drugs on approved lists or by requiring substantial cost sharing, a Harvard Law School group says in federal complaints.

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