Michelle Andrews

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States Offer Privacy Protection For Young Adults On Parents' Health Plan

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

When children up to the age of 26 can stay on the family health insurance plan, it can be difficult for them to keep their medical information private from Mom and Dad.


If Zika May Derail A Trip, Look At 'Cancel-For-Any-Reason' Travel Insurance

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Consumers worried that health issues might thwart a planned vacation may want to look into travel insurance that allows them to cancel the trip for any reason.


Federal Standard May Be Thwarting Some Liver Transplant Patients

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Researchers report that performance standards set by federal health officials may have led to many patients being dropped from transplant lists without an improvement in survival rates.


Parents May Be Refused Details Of Adult Children's Medical Care

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Federal and state laws are designed to protect the privacy of patients' health information. But sometimes leaving parents of adult children out of the loop can complicate the patient's recovery.


Is Virginia Health Insurer's Decision To Drop Bronze Plans An Omen?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bronze plans provide the least generous coverage of the four tiers on insurance marketplaces, paying 60 percent of benefits, on average, compared with 70 percent for the more popular silver plans.


Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be.


People With HIV Are Less Likely To Get Needed Cancer Treatment

Friday, May 20, 2016

A third of patients with HIV and lung cancer failed to receive treatment for the cancer, compared with 14 percent of those who were HIV-negative. It's one example among many of disparate treatment.


Insurers Leaving An Exchange May Still Sell Individual Plans

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Some insurers continue to sell coverage to individuals on the open market even after deciding to exit the health law's marketplaces.


More Low-Income Kids Now Have Health Coverage

Friday, May 13, 2016

The expansion of Medicaid and continued enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program have boosted the proportion of eligible kids with health coverage to 91 percent, a study finds.


Critical Drugs For Hospital ERs Remain In Short Supply

Monday, May 02, 2016

The shortages for hospital emergency rooms have persisted even after Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration more power in 2012 to respond when drug supplies are low.


Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.


More Marketplace Health Plans Ease Access To Some Expensive Drugs

Friday, April 22, 2016

Complaints from patient groups and increased regulatory oversight appear to be leading to changes in the way some marketplace health plans cover expensive drugs.


For The Insured But Cash-Strapped, Free Health Clinics Still Have A Place

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Although many people thought the federal health law would reduce the need for free clinics, low-income people with high deductibles and copays still frequent the clinics for routine care.


Even With Insurance Parity Rules, Counseling May Count As Specialty Care

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Federal law requires most insurers to provide parity between mental health and medical benefits, but that doesn't necessarily mean that regular counseling will come with a low copayment.


How Patients' Reports On Their Health Can Help Doctors Do A Better Job

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Doctors and other health providers are slowly adding patients' self-reports to the tests and exams used to make decisions about care.


On The Rise: Workers' Desire For Raises Over Health Benefits

Friday, April 01, 2016

A survey finds that the number of workers who say they would give up some health benefits to get a pay raise has increased to 20 percent from 10 percent in 2012.


Buying Costly Drugs On The Installment Plan: Could It Work?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Two academics suggest that loans financed by the private sector could be one way to help patients cover the cost of expensive, curative pharmaceuticals. Think mortgages.


Feds' Plan To Ease Privacy Rules On Addiction Treatment Spurs Debate

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Current guidelines require patients to specify who gets information about their care. But advocates of change say that restriction is out of step with the world of electronic medical records.


Seniors Face Higher Drug Costs As Coinsurance Becomes More Common

Friday, March 18, 2016

How coinsurance hurts: If a drug costs $200, a patient may owe 20 percent of the cost, or $40, instead of a flat copayment of $20. The higher the cost of the drug, the bigger the coinsurance bite.


For Divorced Couples, Separate Plans OK To Repay Health Law Tax Credits

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service will evenly divvy up the amount divorced or legally separated spouses owe if they have to repay an insurance tax credit — unless they agree to a different arrangement.