Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

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.


California Fails To Extend Family Leave Rights For Parents At Small Businesses

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes a bill that would have required small businesses to guarantee that employees' jobs would be there for them after they take parental leave.


Under Health Law, Many Preventive Services For Men Are Covered, Too

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

A number of preventive services used by both men and women are available at no cost to insured consumers under the Affordable Care Act.


Expansion Proposed For Women's Health Services Without A Copay

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The list of preventive services that insurers would cover without a copay could grow to include mammograms for younger women and perhaps even vasectomies for men.


Tax Rule Limits Care For Chronic Ills Under High-Deductible Health Plans

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The IRS limits health plans linked to health savings accounts from covering most care until the deductible is paid off. Proposed legislation would expand what's allowed before that happens.


Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Friday, September 16, 2016

Research on patients with testicular cancer and on others fighting a brain malignancy finds that people who are privately insured are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and survive longer.


Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.