Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

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What To Do When Your Health Insurance Won't Pay The Bills

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Insurers can reduce benefits or change how much they are willing to pay for services, but they are generally supposed to give customers 60 days' notice.

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Many Avoid End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive if they become too ill to make their own medical decisions.

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Credit Agencies To Ease Up On Medical Debt Reporting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Starting in September, the three main credit agencies will wait 180 days before including medical debt on a credit report, giving consumers time to resolve disputes with insurers.

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This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The bill H.R. 1215 would limit awards for non-economic damages — such as pain and suffering — to $250,000. President Trump supports the bill, but many others across the political spectrum don't.

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A Pioneer In 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' Had To Close Its Clinics. What Went Wrong?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Many patients liked the Qliance approach, which gave them unlimited access to a provider for a modest fee and freed doctors from insurance paperwork. But critics say the approach may not be viable.

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Just Lost Your Job? COBRA May Be Your Best Health Insurance Strategy Now

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

With the 2018 health insurance market still in play, you might want to extend your job-based insurance until this fall, when the outlines of the health law's marketplaces should become clearer.

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Hospitals Are Partnering With Lawyers To Treat Patients' Legal Needs

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Roughly 300 health care systems around the country have set up medical-legal collaborations to help patients solve legal problems that can affect their health — at little or no cost to the patients.

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New Rules May Make Online Health Insurance Sales Simpler

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A rules change lets insurers and brokers sell health coverage on the federal exchange directly. That should be easier, but also raises questions about whether customers get unbiased information.

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GOP Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.

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GOP Health Bill Penalizes Patients Who Let Insurance Lapse

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In some states, a break in health coverage of more than 63 days would let insurers charge premiums of any price for a year — putting health insurance out of reach for many sick people, analysts say.

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Urgent Care Services For Cancer Patients Offer A Gentler ER Alternative

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Some hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care sites tailored to the needs of cancer patients, to help keep them out of the emergency room when complications or side effects arise.

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Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.

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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.

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What Happens To A Congressman's Health Insurance If Obamacare Goes Down?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Under the Affordable Care Act, most members of Congress and staff who want to buy health insurance must buy it on the exchange. That requirement is not affected by bills aimed at replacing the ACA.

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Trump Team Urges Skimpier Health Plans To Lure More People To Buy Insurance

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would likely raise the deductibles and copays of new policies sold on the exchanges, starting next fall. Monthly premiums would likely be cheaper.

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HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the U.S., there are about 39,000 cancers associated with the human papillomavirus each year. Doctors say the new HPV vaccine may help reduce the number of cases.

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GOP Resurrects A Bill From 2003 To Help Small Firms Buy Health Insurance

Friday, March 24, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan supports a bill that would allow "association health plans" to be sold nationally to small businesses. But critics say such plans tend to be skimpy and not well-regulated.

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Some See 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' As A GOP-Friendly Way To Provide Routine Care

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

In "direct primary care," a model favored by HHS Secretary Tom Price, patients pay a monthly fee to doctors for basic health care. But does that really provide better value?

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GOP Considers Trimming Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The woman set to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. Other services could be cut entirely.

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