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. 2021 Health Plans Granted Leeway To Limit Consumers’ Benefit From Drug Coupons — July 6, 2020
  2. Ghost Bill: UVA Siphons Couple’s Tax Refund To Pay 20-Year-Old Medical Debt — June 24, 2020
  3. Social Media Fears About Lack Of Coverage For Protest Injuries May Be Overblown — June 5, 2020
  4. Coronavirus Surprise: IRS Allows Midyear Insurance And FSA Changes — June 1, 2020
  5. IRS Rule Shift Lets Workers Make Benefits Changes Midyear — If Their Employer Agrees — May 29, 2020

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2021 Health Plans Granted Leeway To Limit Consumers’ Benefit From Drug Coupons

A rule finalized this spring by the Trump administration permits employers and insurers not to apply drug company copayment assistance toward enrollees’ deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for any drug.

Ghost Bill: UVA Siphons Couple’s Tax Refund To Pay 20-Year-Old Medical Debt

Jane Collins and Anthony Blow were stunned to learn last fall that their state tax refund was being reduced by $110 because the Charlottesville medical center said they owed money for care their son received in 2001 and 2002.

Social Media Fears About Lack Of Coverage For Protest Injuries May Be Overblown

After some protests over the death of George Floyd resulted in violence, online discussions raised concerns that health plans might deny medical coverage. Although plans do sometimes make exclusions for “illegal acts” or riots, experts say concerns by people who are protesting Floyd’s death may be overstated.

Coronavirus Surprise: IRS Allows Midyear Insurance And FSA Changes

Last month, the Internal Revenue Service announced it would let employees add, drop or change some of their benefits for the remainder of 2020. The catch: Your employer has to allow the changes. KHN explains how it could work.

IRS Rule Shift Lets Workers Make Benefits Changes Midyear — If Their Employer Agrees

The new guidance amounts to a midyear open-enrollment period and applies to firms that buy health insurance to cover their workers as well as to those that self-insure — paying claims on their own.

‘Last Responders’ Seek To Expand Postmortem COVID Testing In Unexplained Deaths

Early in the outbreak, some coroners and medical examiners didn’t have enough tests to use for people who died unexpectedly at home to see whether the coronavirus was a factor. Now, as testing gradually becomes widely available, more such mysteries could be solved.

With Federal Nod, Consumers Could Lose The Boost They Get From Drug ‘Coupons’

The proposal being weighed by federal officials would allow employers and insurers to decide that drug companies’ assistance doesn’t count toward their members’ deductible or out-of-pocket maximum spending limits. If plans opted for that approach, only payments made by patients themselves would be included in the calculation toward reaching those limits.

N.Y. Leads The Nation In COVID-19 Tests, But The Effort Still Lags Behind Demand

New York City and hospital officials recommend testing only the sickest people and encouraging others to stay home to get well. But other officials say wider tests are needed to ensure that essential workers don’t spread the disease.

Help Wanted: Retired Doctors And Nurses Don Scrubs Again In Coronavirus Fight

As they prepare for an onslaught of coronavirus patients, health officials in New York and other states urge retired medical professionals to rejoin the ranks.

Gig Economy Workers Hurt By Coronavirus Eye New Federal Funds For Relief

A law signed by Trump on Wednesday will provide financial help for self-employed workers, who generally don’t have paid leave. Some states also have family and medical leave programs that can be helpful.

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