Michelle Andrews

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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.


Small Changes By Employers Can Raise Workers' Health Costs

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

As the enrollment window opens for employer-provided health insurance, workers may see changes for wellness programs, dependents' coverage and specialty drugs that could be costly.


Medicare Provides Few Respite Coverage Options For Caregivers

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Medicare generally covers respite care only when a beneficiary is in hospice, although some special needs Medicare Advantage plans may be of help.


Most Health Savings Account Owners Stick With Conservative Options

Thursday, September 03, 2015

People who have had health savings accounts open longer are more likely to invest their contributions. But only about 5 percent of all account holders do so.


High Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Goes Overlooked

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cost increases for both old and new diabetes drugs are forcing many patients to scramble to pay for them.


A Change To Out-Of-Pocket Health Insurance Limits Irks Employers

Monday, August 17, 2015

In 2016, the out-of-pocket spending limit for anyone in an insured family would be set at $6,850. Employers say that would be a costly change for plans that set caps based on total family spending.


Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?


Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.


Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cancer patients who get what some people are calling prehabilitation can recover more quickly, early research suggests. Getting insurance to cover it can be tricky, though.


Intensive End-Of-Life Care On The Rise For Cancer Patients

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Researchers found that although the use of durable powers of attorney increased, so, too, has the number of people who received all possible care at the end of life.


States Make Laws To Protect Patients From Hidden Medical Bills

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Too many patients only learn after they get the bill that their insurer won't cover some medical services provided in the hospital. New laws in several states aim to stop those nasty surprises.


Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a screening colonoscopy without any out-of-pocket costs for the test itself. But there can be surprising costs for consumers anyway.