Michelle Andrews

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Name: Michelle Andrews
Date registered: July 19, 2012
URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science?wprss=rss_health-science

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  1. Even When HIV Prevention Drug Is Covered, Other Costs Block Treatment — July 15, 2019
  2. Despite Federal Protections, Rape Victims Still Get Billed For Forensic Exams — July 12, 2019
  3. Years After Sexual Assault, Survivors Hounded To Pay Bills For The Rape Kit Exam — July 10, 2019
  4. FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Tissue Policy Impact Medical Research? — June 7, 2019
  5. Mired In Medical Debt? Federal Plan Would Update Overdue-Bill Collection Methods — May 31, 2019

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Even When HIV Prevention Drug Is Covered, Other Costs Block Treatment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that people who are at high risk of contracting HIV take PrEP, a preventive treatment. The decision means most health plans will be required to cover the drugs without charging patients. But the recommendation doesn’t apply to the other clinical and lab services people need.

Despite Federal Protections, Rape Victims Still Get Billed For Forensic Exams

Under federal law, people who have been raped don’t have to pay for medical forensic exams, yet many get billed and have trouble getting the hospitals or collection agencies to stop dunning them for payment.

Years After Sexual Assault, Survivors Hounded To Pay Bills For The Rape Kit Exam

Under federal law, people sexually assaulted don’t have to pay for their medical forensic exams. Yet some have trouble getting the hospitals or collection agencies to stop dunning them for payment.

FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Tissue Policy Impact Medical Research?

The scientific use of tissue from aborted fetuses has frequently been a hot point of contention between anti-abortion forces and researchers. It heats up again as federal officials announced this week they were ending NIH research using the tissue.

Mired In Medical Debt? Federal Plan Would Update Overdue-Bill Collection Methods

More than half of Americans contacted about an overdue bill said it related to medical debt. A federal agency has proposed new guidance for what debt collectors are allowed to do when pursuing many types of overdue consumer bills, including medical debt. But some consumer advocates have panned the effort.

Mired In Medical Debt? Federal Rule Changes Proposed For Bill Collectors

More than half of Americans contacted about an overdue bill said it related to medical debt. Some consumer advocates say newly proposed limits on debt collectors don’t do enough.

A Boat Crushed His Face, Then Plastic Surgeons Hit Him With $167,000 In Bills

Many plastic surgeons don’t participate in health plans, even when providing emergency care at a hospital. Too often that catches patients off guard.

Medicare’s Uncapped Drug Costs Take A Big Bite From Already Tight Budgets

Unlike many private health plans, Medicare has no cap on out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs in Part D. As the cost of specialty drugs rises, some Medicare patients owe thousands of dollars.

Did Your Doctor ‘Ghost’ You? An Employment Contract May Be To Blame

How “noncompete” clauses in contracts between doctors and hospitals or clinics prevent patients from seeing their longtime doctors.

New Mexico Eyes A ‘Medicaid Buy-In’ Plan To Insure More Residents

While some officials urge expansion of the Medicare system, several states are mulling a different way to ensure residents have affordable coverage: Help them buy into a Medicaid-like plan.

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