Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

While several states have approved so-called right-to-try measures that aim to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to unapproved drugs, drugmakers don't have to comply.


Pay Attention To The Health Insurance Calendar To Avoid Surprises

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Consumers can sign up for health insurance through the online marketplaces anytime from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. But waiting can trigger medical bills and the health law's penalties.


Insurers May Cover Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Only For The Very Ill

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Many insurers are restricting access to new drugs that are easier to take and that promise higher cure rates because the price tags can run $95,000 or more.


More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

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.


Health Premiums And Costs Set To Rise For Workers Covered At Work

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.


Squaring Your Taxes And Your Health Insurance Subsidies

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?


What You Need To Know For Medicare Open Enrollment

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.


Insurers Cautious As Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Gains Popularity

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.


Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

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.


Can I Buy Insurance After Being Injured In An Accident?

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.


Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment

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.


Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

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.


Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

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.


How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

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.


Historian Reflects On Michael Brown And Dred Scott

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blair Kelley sees a link between what's happening in Missouri today and what happened there in the 1800s.


Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?

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.


Health Law Calls For Automatic Enrollment Of Some Workers

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.


Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

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.


States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

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.


Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

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.