Michelle Andrews

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Feds Tell Insurers To Pay For Anesthesia During Screening Colonoscopies

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.


Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run

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.


How Getting Married Affects Health Insurance Tax Credits

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.


Is It Time To Make Medical And Family Leave Paid?

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.


Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

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.


The ACA & Your Taxes: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thousands may face penalties this tax season for not enrolling in health insurance. Many others will owe money or receive refunds. Like all things with taxes, it's complicated.


Quick Income Changes Can Threaten Coverage For Those On Medicaid

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Obamacare added millions of new customers whose incomes hover near the Medicaid line. When their earnings rise or fall, their health insurance could lapse while they're switching plans.


To Avoid Surprise Insurance Bills, Tell Exchange Plan When You Move

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.


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.