Michelle Andrews appears in the following:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
As many companies provide employees with their coverage details this fall, premiums are expected to increase modestly. Surcharges for spousal coverage and health savings accounts are also on the rise.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
How can spouses divide the tax credits they receive when they buy different health plans from an insurance marketplace? And what do they tell the IRS?
Friday, October 03, 2014
There will be fewer plans to pick from this time around. But people can still expect plenty of options for prescriptions drugs and privately run insurance through Medicare Advantage.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Supporters of the controversial, high-priced treatment say routine coverage would help propel research that would support its use. Skeptics say that approach is backward.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Although some insurance plans are expanding coverage for infertility treatments, most coverage remains skimpy. Shared-risk programs can help couples gain some measure of control.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Advocates for people with autism applauded the move, but some states are concerned about the costs of covering a wide range of therapy for children with autism.
Friday, August 22, 2014
An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Blair Kelley sees a link between what's happening in Missouri today and what happened there in the 1800s.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
A mother seeks advice on how to get her ex-husband to keep their sons on his plan because it would be less costly than hers.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
As early as 2015, firms with more than 200 employees may have to automatically enroll their workers in a company health plan. Though workers can opt out, some still find the provision patronizing.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.
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.
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.
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.