Michelle Andrews

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.


Most NY Marketplace Plans Lack Out-Of-Network Coverage

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

With a few exceptions, all the policies sold on New York's health insurance marketplace won't pay for routine expenses from doctors or hospitals not in their networks.


Credit Agencies Agree To Wait Before Adding Medical Debt To Ratings

Friday, March 13, 2015

Insurers sometimes wrangle with patients and for months before paying a bill. A new six-month waiting period will give consumers time to resolve disputes and avoid having their credit ratings dinged.


The Boss Can Force You To Buy Company's Health Insurance

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Under the federal health law, employers with 100 or more full-time workers can enroll them in the company plan without their say as long as the coverage is deemed affordable and adequate.


Federal Rule To Extend Medical Leave To Same-Sex Spouses In All States

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Labor Department rule guarantees legally married same-sex spouses can take unpaid time off to care for one another or sick relative, even in states thatdon't recognize the marriage.


May I Move My Son Off My Insurance So He Can Buy On The Exchange?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Young adult children may have more options than their parents in choosing health coverage. So they may want to go their separate ways when shopping for insurance.


Figuring Out If A Doctor Is In Your Network Can Be Perplexing

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some physicians can be in-network when working at one office but not when they are at another. Or they may belong to a medical group that is affiliated with your plan, but they don't participate.


Insurer's Bid To Join California's Marketplace Meets Resistance

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UnitedHealthcare's request to be included in Covered California ran afoul of a policy that penalizes insurers that chose not to join the statewide exchange when it opened in 2014.


Medicare Offers Relief To 400,000 Caught In Drug Plan Mix-Ups

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Aetna beneficiaries can reconsider their Part D choices after the insurer incorrectly identified some pharmacies as being in-network, dropped others and removed some from the preferred network.


Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidies?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mistakes are made. If the health insurance marketplaces screw up in calculating subsidies for consumers, it's the individual who is likely to be on the hook for repaying the excess.


Malpractice Changes In Massachusetts Offer Injured Patients New Options

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.


Tax Time Gets New Ritual: Proof Of Health Insurance

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The health law requires people to report their coverage status at tax time. Those without insurance or those who received subsidies will have to fill out new forms.


Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Despite the intensifying efforts to turn back the obesity epidemic, Medicare and many private health plans are reluctant to pay for four medicines approved to help people shed pounds.


Can I Keep My Marketplace Insurance If I Enroll In Medicare?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

While you can keep your private plan after you join Medicare, it may not make much sense financially. For one thing, you'd be disqualified from receiving marketplace premium subsidies.


Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the benefit isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.


Confusion Over Job-Based Insurance Can Shortchange Consumers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won't qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.


Government Says Bosses Can't Force Workers To Get Health Tests

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

When is a voluntary program no longer voluntary? That's the question about corporate wellness programs, which give employees hefty financial incentives to undergo health screenings.


Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coming of age can also mean a whopping 58 percent jump in the cost of your insurance. Shop carefully to pick a plan that strikes the right balance between benefits and cost.


More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

While several states have approved so-called right-to-try measures that aim to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to unapproved drugs, drugmakers don't have to comply.


Pay Attention To The Health Insurance Calendar To Avoid Surprises

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Consumers can sign up for health insurance through the online marketplaces anytime from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. But waiting can trigger medical bills and the health law's penalties.