Michelle Andrews

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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.


Why Tori Amos Connects

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tori Amos fans understand her music in elemental terms. To celebrate Unrepentant Geraldines, her excellent new album, we asked five of them to pinpoint the elements that make her so unmistakable.


Medicare Pays For Alzheimer's Screening, But Do You Want To Know?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there's not enough evidence to know if routine testing for cognitive impairment in older people helps or hurts. So patients have to decide on their own.


Health Law Adviser Says Insurers Will Morph Into Providers

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In his new book, former White House adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel says the Affordable Care Act is going to work in the long run, but that we'll see a lot of changes in health care along the way.


Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.


Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.


Nevada Offers Rare Deal: Year-Round Sales Of Health Plans

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It is the only state to require insurers that sell individual plans outside the online marketplace to make coverage available to customers anytime.


People Who Are Still Uninsured May Turn To Community Clinics

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Federally funded health clinics serve all comers, and people pay fees based on a sliding scale. That's one option for people who didn't sign up for health insurance on the exchanges.


Tax Change Helps Abused Spouses Get Health Insurance Subsidies

Friday, March 28, 2014

Victims of domestic abuse had to file taxes jointly to sign up for health insurance. Advocates say that could bar them from health care when they're most in need. A rule change should help.


Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A 19-year-old claimed on his parents' tax return as a dependent doesn't plan to buy health coverage. Forgoing insurance will trigger a penalty. Who will be on the hook for it?