Michelle Andrews appears in the following:
Friday, May 15, 2015
Most people are anesthetized during colonoscopy. Federal law mandates that the cancer test itself must be fully covered by insurers, but quite a few of them didn't pay for anesthesia.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
If marriage is on the horizon, it might be wise to set aside some money for the taxman. An increase in family income after the vows can trigger repayment of a health insurance credit.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Democrats in Congress have reintroduced a bill that would create a national paid leave program, covering two thirds of people's wages for up to 60 days a year. But small business owners are wary.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Medicine's move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Thousands may face penalties this tax season for not enrolling in health insurance. Many others will owe money or receive refunds. Like all things with taxes, it's complicated.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Obamacare added millions of new customers whose incomes hover near the Medicaid line. When their earnings rise or fall, their health insurance could lapse while they're switching plans.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
With a few exceptions, all the policies sold on New York's health insurance marketplace won't pay for routine expenses from doctors or hospitals not in their networks.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Insurers sometimes wrangle with patients and for months before paying a bill. A new six-month waiting period will give consumers time to resolve disputes and avoid having their credit ratings dinged.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Under the federal health law, employers with 100 or more full-time workers can enroll them in the company plan without their say as long as the coverage is deemed affordable and adequate.
Friday, March 06, 2015
The Labor Department rule guarantees legally married same-sex spouses can take unpaid time off to care for one another or sick relative, even in states thatdon't recognize the marriage.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Young adult children may have more options than their parents in choosing health coverage. So they may want to go their separate ways when shopping for insurance.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Some physicians can be in-network when working at one office but not when they are at another. Or they may belong to a medical group that is affiliated with your plan, but they don't participate.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
UnitedHealthcare's request to be included in Covered California ran afoul of a policy that penalizes insurers that chose not to join the statewide exchange when it opened in 2014.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Aetna beneficiaries can reconsider their Part D choices after the insurer incorrectly identified some pharmacies as being in-network, dropped others and removed some from the preferred network.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mistakes are made. If the health insurance marketplaces screw up in calculating subsidies for consumers, it's the individual who is likely to be on the hook for repaying the excess.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The health law requires people to report their coverage status at tax time. Those without insurance or those who received subsidies will have to fill out new forms.