Michelle Andrews appears in the following:
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.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Cost increases for both old and new diabetes drugs are forcing many patients to scramble to pay for them.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.