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Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Despite the intensifying efforts to turn back the obesity epidemic, Medicare and many private health plans are reluctant to pay for four medicines approved to help people shed pounds.

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Can I Keep My Marketplace Insurance If I Enroll In Medicare?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

While you can keep your private plan after you join Medicare, it may not make much sense financially. For one thing, you'd be disqualified from receiving marketplace premium subsidies.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the benefit isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Confusion Over Job-Based Insurance Can Shortchange Consumers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won't qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.

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Government Says Bosses Can't Force Workers To Get Health Tests

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

When is a voluntary program no longer voluntary? That's the question about corporate wellness programs, which give employees hefty financial incentives to undergo health screenings.

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Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coming of age can also mean a whopping 58 percent jump in the cost of your insurance. Shop carefully to pick a plan that strikes the right balance between benefits and cost.

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More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

While several states have approved so-called right-to-try measures that aim to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to unapproved drugs, drugmakers don't have to comply.

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Pay Attention To The Health Insurance Calendar To Avoid Surprises

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Consumers can sign up for health insurance through the online marketplaces anytime from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. But waiting can trigger medical bills and the health law's penalties.

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Insurers May Cover Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Only For The Very Ill

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Many insurers are restricting access to new drugs that are easier to take and that promise higher cure rates because the price tags can run $95,000 or more.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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Health Premiums And Costs Set To Rise For Workers Covered At Work

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As many companies provide employees with their coverage details this fall, premiums are expected to increase modestly. Surcharges for spousal coverage and health savings accounts are also on the rise.

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Squaring Your Taxes And Your Health Insurance Subsidies

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

How can spouses divide the tax credits they receive when they buy different health plans from an insurance marketplace? And what do they tell the IRS?

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What You Need To Know For Medicare Open Enrollment

Friday, October 03, 2014

There will be fewer plans to pick from this time around. But people can still expect plenty of options for prescriptions drugs and privately run insurance through Medicare Advantage.

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Insurers Cautious As Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Gains Popularity

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Supporters of the controversial, high-priced treatment say routine coverage would help propel research that would support its use. Skeptics say that approach is backward.

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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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