Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


California Fails To Extend Family Leave Rights For Parents At Small Businesses

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes a bill that would have required small businesses to guarantee that employees' jobs would be there for them after they take parental leave.


Under Health Law, Many Preventive Services For Men Are Covered, Too

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

A number of preventive services used by both men and women are available at no cost to insured consumers under the Affordable Care Act.


Expansion Proposed For Women's Health Services Without A Copay

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.


Tax Rule Limits Care For Chronic Ills Under High-Deductible Health Plans

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The IRS limits health plans linked to health savings accounts from covering most care until the deductible is paid off. Proposed legislation would expand what's allowed before that happens.


Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Friday, September 16, 2016

Research on patients with testicular cancer and on others fighting a brain malignancy finds that people who are privately insured are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and survive longer.


Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.


When A Screening Test For Colon Cancer Leads To A Pricey Follow-Up

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Most screening tests for colon cancer are covered by insurance. But if the results are positive, patients may require a diagnostic colonoscopy that may not be fully paid for by insurance.


Health Officials Struggle To Fight Deadly Sepsis Infections

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Although a CDC study released Tuesday found that 80 percent of cases develop outside the hospital or at a nursing home, many people still don't know about this lethal medical condition.