Michelle Andrews

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Few States Use Health Law Option For Low-Cost Plans

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

New York and Minnesota are offering an inexpensive insurance alternative allowed under the federal health law that provides some low-income people with more affordable coverage.


Do-It-Yourselfers Face Penalties Over Their Cut-Rate Health Insurance

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

People sometimes put together policies, such as short-term and critical illness plans, instead of buying more expensive health coverage. But they likely will be penalized under the federal health law.


Determining A Health Plan's Abortion Coverage Remains A Challenge

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Many marketplace insurers omit information about abortion services on the summary of benefits and coverage. Consumers looking for plans that cover the services or exclude them can be left in the dark.


Switching Between Medicaid, Marketplace Can Confuse Consumers

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Here are some tips for how people can handle moving between the government health plan for low-income residents and the private plans offered on the federal health law's exchanges.


Why Employers' Incentives For Weight Loss Fall Flat With Workers

Friday, January 08, 2016

An offer of savings on health insurance failed to motivate people to lose a modest amount of weight at a Philadelphia hospital system.


After Medicare Drops Screening Charges, Men Head To Colonoscopy Suites

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

More older men are getting screened for colorectal cancer since the federal health law eliminated the out-of-pocket charges for screening tests, but there's a catch if polyps are found.


Are Health Plans That Pay A Lump Sum For Critical Illnesses Worth It?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Many employers offer workers specialized insurance coverage for serious diseases, such as cancer, that kicks in with a big payment to help cover high deductibles for care.


ER Docs Say Rule Change Could Raise Patients' Out-Of-Network Bills

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Two physicians groups say federal government regulations for out-of-network emergency care payments will cost consumers more because insurers will pay less.


Mental Health Courts Are Popular, But Are They Effective?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The courts serve as an alternative for people with mental health issues when legal charges are filed. The courts steer people to help through community services rather than jail.


Mom Left Me Money: Do I Owe Uncle Sam For My Health Subsidy?

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Not all income is equal when it comes to figuring out eligibility for federal tax credits that help lower-income consumers pay for their health insurance premiums.


Guidelines Give A Boost To Diabetes Screening For Overweight Adults

Friday, December 04, 2015

Guidelines say that patients with high blood sugar levels be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling. Under the health law, the services would be covered by insurance without cost sharing.


End Of Medicare Bonuses Will Cut Pay To Primary Care Doctors

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.


Now There's A Health Plan That Zeros In On Diabetes Care

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.


Some Hospital Systems Want To Care For You And Sell You Insurance

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.


As Exchanges Open Enrollment Season, Consumers Ask More Insurance Questions

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.


Exchange Plans May Have Higher Costs, No Out-Of-Network Coverage

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Enrollment for 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.


The Right Medicare Drug Plan Can Help Control Price Shocks

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.


Bipartisan Effort Revises Health Rule For Small Businesses

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.


Unhappy With Your Company's Health Savings Account? Move It

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.


Even In Prison, Health Care Often Comes With A Copay

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.