Michelle Andrews appears in the following:
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.
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?
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.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
People who think the change in administrations may save them from having to pay a fine for not having insurance in 2016 could be in for a rude surprise.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Consumer advocates say that these short-term policies, often in force for six months or less, don't have important safeguards that customers need. But the coverage can be cheaper.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that 59 percent of people contacted by a debt collector had outstanding medical bills. Telecommunications and utility bills trailed far behind.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Health insurance subsidies are pegged to personal income estimates. But if those are too low, a person may have to repay the government later on.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
In a number of states, including big ones such as New York and Texas, leading cancer centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering aren't included in insurers' networks. What's a patient's recourse?
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Consumers who want to sign up for health coverage on the federal marketplace after the usual deadline passes may need to do extra work to show they qualify for special enrollment later.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Republicans' plans to overhaul the federal health law aren't expected to take effect immediately, so consumers can still sign up for 2017 coverage — and should, if they need insurance.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
As patients' share of medical bills has grown with the rise in deductibles, copays and coinsurance, providers have become laser focused on getting payments up front.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers cover maternity services, birth control and screening such as mammograms. Trump administration plans to repeal Obamacare could end that.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Republicans dislike the health law's requirement to have insurance or pay a fine. But if they want to keep the ban on preexisting conditions, they need to find a way to make customers purchase a plan.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Members of the military are more than twice as likely to have hepatitis C as the general public. For many, including Jim McGough, the virus takes its final toll decades after they are first infected.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Republican efforts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act are expected to take time to work through Congress. There are also indications the new administration would give consumers time to adjust.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
The lower premiums that come with bronze plans, plus Obamacare's caps on out-of-pocket spending, can make these plans the best deal for people who have very few medical expenses — or very many.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Aging takes a toll on teeth, but Medicare doesn't cover most dental needs, and private plans often have skimpy coverage. That means people are paying out of pocket for care or going without.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The plans sought to discourage costly HIV patients by not including their drugs on approved lists or by requiring substantial cost sharing, a Harvard Law School group says in federal complaints.