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Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

When A Screening Test For Colon Cancer Leads To A Pricey Follow-Up

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Most screening tests for colon cancer are covered by insurance. But if the results are positive, patients may require a diagnostic colonoscopy that may not be fully paid for by insurance.

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Health Officials Struggle To Fight Deadly Sepsis Infections

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Although a CDC study released Tuesday found that 80 percent of cases develop outside the hospital or at a nursing home, many people still don't know about this lethal medical condition.

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Insurance Alone Isn't Enough To Make Sure Kids Get Eye Exams

Friday, August 19, 2016

The lower the household income, the less likely it is for children to receive needed eye exams. The income effect was independent of insurance status, a study found.

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Insurers' Fine Print May Exclude Health Care Important To Women

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It can be hard to figure out if genetic tests for breast and ovarian cancer and other services important to women are covered, because health plans often don't list them in the summary of benefits.

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Insurers May Share Blame For Increased Price Of Some Generic Drugs

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Consumers often blame drug companies for the rapidly rising costs of some commonly used generic drugs. But changes made by insurers influence the price of these drugs, too, it turns out.

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Microhospitals May Help Deliver Care In Underserved Areas

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hospital systems are building tiny full-service hospitals in urban and suburban markets. They have a full array of emergency services, but only a handful of beds for admitted patients.

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Red Tape Leaves Some Low-Income Toddlers Without Health Insurance

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Despite government policies designed to encourage health coverage for these children, many families are thwarted by confusing rules and regulations, advocacy groups say.

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Young Adults Can Face A Confusing Path To Health Insurance

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The administration is focused on getting more young adults into marketplace coverage, but these people often have trouble making the change from family plans or Medicaid coverage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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