Michelle Andrews appears in the following:
Saturday, November 28, 2015
A 10 percent bump in pay under the Affordable Care Act will expire at year-end. The bonus was supposed to help balance the reimbursement discrepancies between primary care providers and specialists.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The insurer is rolling out a specialized gold-level plan geared to people with diabetes. Aetna says it's aiming to keep down the cost for diabetes care. But it's unclear if the plans are a good buy.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
These plans, which remain a minority in the marketplaces, can help steer consumers to the system's hospitals and doctors, but some also offer competitive prices.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
It's time for people to shop for health insurance, and that means lots of confusion about about high-deductible plans, out-of-network benefits and premium increases.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Enrollment for HealthCare.gov plans for 2016 begins Sunday. Insurance shoppers should check their projected health costs and each plan's network of doctors and hospitals before choosing coverage.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Drug plans offered by private insurers under Medicare change from year to year. It pays to check around for the best deal during open enrollment season.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
A legal change that eases some of the health insurance requirements for small employers may actually help bolster coverage for their workers.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Even if an employer contributes to an HSA, the money belongs to the worker, who can move it to find better services or lower fees.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Although the government is responsible for providing health services to people in jail and prison, inmates are still often expected to pay for a share of the treatment.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
As the enrollment window opens for employer-provided health insurance, workers may see changes for wellness programs, dependents' coverage and specialty drugs that could be costly.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Medicare generally covers respite care only when a beneficiary is in hospice, although some special needs Medicare Advantage plans may be of help.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
People who have had health savings accounts open longer are more likely to invest their contributions. But only about 5 percent of all account holders do so.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Cost increases for both old and new diabetes drugs are forcing many patients to scramble to pay for them.
Monday, August 17, 2015
In 2016, the out-of-pocket spending limit for anyone in an insured family would be set at $6,850. Employers say that would be a costly change for plans that set caps based on total family spending.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Cancer patients who get what some people are calling prehabilitation can recover more quickly, early research suggests. Getting insurance to cover it can be tricky, though.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Researchers found that although the use of durable powers of attorney increased, so, too, has the number of people who received all possible care at the end of life.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Too many patients only learn after they get the bill that their insurer won't cover some medical services provided in the hospital. New laws in several states aim to stop those nasty surprises.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a screening colonoscopy without any out-of-pocket costs for the test itself. But there can be surprising costs for consumers anyway.