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Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

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Can I Buy Insurance After Being Injured In An Accident?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.

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Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Although some insurance plans are expanding coverage for infertility treatments, most coverage remains skimpy. Shared-risk programs can help couples gain some measure of control.

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Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Advocates for people with autism applauded the move, but some states are concerned about the costs of covering a wide range of therapy for children with autism.

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Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

Friday, August 22, 2014

An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.

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How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.

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Historian Reflects On Michael Brown And Dred Scott

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blair Kelley sees a link between what's happening in Missouri today and what happened there in the 1800s.

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Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A mother seeks advice on how to get her ex-husband to keep their sons on his plan because it would be less costly than hers.

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Health Law Calls For Automatic Enrollment Of Some Workers

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

As early as 2015, firms with more than 200 employees may have to automatically enroll their workers in a company health plan. Though workers can opt out, some still find the provision patronizing.

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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

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States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.

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Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.

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Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.

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Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Insurers and some Democratic senators say people should have a cheaper option on the health exchanges. But those plans may leave people with painfully high copays and deductibles if they get sick.

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How Connecticut's Change In Autism Coverage Could Make Waves

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The state has defined autism behavioral therapy as a type of medical benefit not subject to the mental health parity law, a move that allows insurers more latitude in limiting benefits.

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How Does The Federal Health Law Affect Insurance Price Hikes?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The health law requires insurers to disclose price increases of 10 percent or more, but states have widely varying powers to regulate those hikes.

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Giving School Nurses Access To Medical Records Improves Care

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Students come to the school nurse for help with asthma, epilepsy and other chronic problems. Some health systems are letting school nurses read student medical records to help coordinate care.

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Despite Law, Rape Victims Sometimes Pay For Medical Services

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Federal law seeks to keep sexual assault victims from paying for forensic exams, but in some states they may have to cover tests and treatment for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

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Top Stories: Syrian Presidential Elections

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Also: Obama announces new $1 billion fund increasing U.S. troops in Europe; former quarterback Dan Marino sues the NFL over concussions; and a couple regains their lost $50 million lotto ticket.

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States Consider Using Medicaid To Pay College Health Plan Premiums

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Students who are covered by Medicaid could get access to a wider network of doctors and hospitals, as well as mental health services, if they get care through their school's health plan.

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