Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Advocates for people with autism applauded the move, but some states are concerned about the costs of covering a wide range of therapy for children with autism.


Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

Friday, August 22, 2014

An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.


How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.


Historian Reflects On Michael Brown And Dred Scott

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blair Kelley sees a link between what's happening in Missouri today and what happened there in the 1800s.


Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A mother seeks advice on how to get her ex-husband to keep their sons on his plan because it would be less costly than hers.


Health Law Calls For Automatic Enrollment Of Some Workers

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

As early as 2015, firms with more than 200 employees may have to automatically enroll their workers in a company health plan. Though workers can opt out, some still find the provision patronizing.


Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.


States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.


Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.


Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.


Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Insurers and some Democratic senators say people should have a cheaper option on the health exchanges. But those plans may leave people with painfully high copays and deductibles if they get sick.


How Connecticut's Change In Autism Coverage Could Make Waves

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The state has defined autism behavioral therapy as a type of medical benefit not subject to the mental health parity law, a move that allows insurers more latitude in limiting benefits.


How Does The Federal Health Law Affect Insurance Price Hikes?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The health law requires insurers to disclose price increases of 10 percent or more, but states have widely varying powers to regulate those hikes.


Giving School Nurses Access To Medical Records Improves Care

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Students come to the school nurse for help with asthma, epilepsy and other chronic problems. Some health systems are letting school nurses read student medical records to help coordinate care.


Despite Law, Rape Victims Sometimes Pay For Medical Services

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Federal law seeks to keep sexual assault victims from paying for forensic exams, but in some states they may have to cover tests and treatment for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.


Top Stories: Syrian Presidential Elections

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Also: Obama announces new $1 billion fund increasing U.S. troops in Europe; former quarterback Dan Marino sues the NFL over concussions; and a couple regains their lost $50 million lotto ticket.


States Consider Using Medicaid To Pay College Health Plan Premiums

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Students who are covered by Medicaid could get access to a wider network of doctors and hospitals, as well as mental health services, if they get care through their school's health plan.


Guideline Is No Guarantee Insurers Will Pay For Pill To Prevent HIV

Friday, May 23, 2014

Truvada, an AIDS drug, is expensive, with an annual price tag of at least $10,000. High copayments are a real possibility for people, even those whose insurance covers use of the drug for prevention.


E-Cigarette Users May End Up Paying More For Insurance

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tobacco users often have to pay higher premiums for health insurance, and it's not clear if switching to e-cigarettes will help them escape that fate. A lot depends on what federal agencies decide.


Employers May Start Paying You To Buy Health Insurance

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It costs a lot for companies to buy health insurance, so the idea of giving employees money to buy their own coverage has a lot of appeal. But it might end up being more expensive for workers.