Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

Michelle Andrews

Kaiser Health News

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Michelle:

Genetic Tests Create Treatment Opportunities and Confusion for Breast Cancer Patients

Doctors are divided on whether blanket testing of breast cancer patients is warranted, since scientists and physicians are sometimes unsure about how to interpret the results. → Read More

Newborns Get Routine Heel Blood Tests, but Should States Keep Those Samples?

Shortly after birth, babies are pricked in the heel so their blood can be tested for life-threatening conditions. States generally save leftover blood from those samples, and parents and privacy ex… → Read More

Everything you need to know about Paxlovid — Especially, should you take it?

When President Joe Biden tested positive for covid-19 on July 21, his physician recommended he take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. The drug significantly reduces the likelihood of hospitalization or … → Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Paxlovid — Especially, Should You Take It?

Paxlovid has eclipsed other available therapies for preventing life-threatening covid symptoms in high-risk patients. But even as doctors praise its effectiveness, many say they have unanswered que… → Read More

‘So Rudderless’: A Couple’s Quest for Autism Treatment for Their Son Hits Repeated Obstacles

Amparo and Victor Rios began searching for answers about their son’s development when he didn’t hit some milestones after turning 2. Three years later, they are still trying to get their insurance … → Read More

Vaccine and Testing Delays for Monkeypox Echo Failures in Early Covid Response

Public health officials say monkeypox is not as dangerous as covid and can be handled well with current treatments and if those at risk use caution. But the rollout of vaccines has been slow and le… → Read More

Preventive Care May Be Free, but Follow-Up Diagnostic Tests Can Bring Big Bills

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers cannot charge consumers for various preventive services that have been recommended by experts. But if those screenings indicate more testing is needed to det… → Read More

NPR

Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185

Preventive care, like screening colonoscopies, is supposed to be free of charge to patients under the Affordable Care Act. But some hospitals haven't gotten the memo. → Read More

Her First Colonoscopy Cost Her $0. Her Second Cost $2,185. Why?

Preventive care, like screening colonoscopies, is supposed to be free of charge to patients under the Affordable Care Act. But some hospitals haven’t gotten the memo. → Read More

Why So Slow? Legislators Take on Insurers’ Delays in Approving Prescribed Treatments

Insurers say prior authorization requirements are intended to reduce wasteful and inappropriate health care spending. But they can baffle patients waiting for approval. And doctors say that insurer… → Read More

Washington State Retools First-in-the-Nation Long-Term Care Benefit

The WA Cares Fund program, which would provide workers in the state a lifetime benefit of $36,500, was set to begin collecting money through a payroll tax in January, but it was delayed while lawma… → Read More

Washington state retools a first-in-nation payroll tax plan for long-term care costs

The WA Cares Fund would help alleviate the financial burden of long-term care by providing workers a lifetime benefit of $36,500. The program was delayed while lawmakers addressed equity issues. → Read More

NPR

Washington state retools a first-in-nation payroll tax plan for long-term care costs

The WA Cares Fund would help alleviate the financial burden of long-term care by providing workers a lifetime benefit of $36,500. The program was delayed while lawmakers addressed equity issues. → Read More

Despite Doctors’ Concerns, Pharmacists Get More Leeway to Offer Treatment With Testing

In the battle against covid, pharmacies became a key place for consumers to seek vaccines and testing. Some states are expanding pharmacists’ work to include directly prescribing drugs for customer… → Read More

Seniors are at high risk of COVID, but Medicare doesn't pay for rapid tests

The laws governing Medicare don't provide coverage for self-administered diagnostic tests, including rapid antigen tests. Here's how seniors can get free tests anyway. → Read More

NPR

Seniors are at high risk of COVID, but Medicare doesn't pay for rapid tests

The laws governing Medicare don't provide coverage for self-administered diagnostic tests, including rapid antigen tests. Here's how older adults can get free tests anyway. → Read More

Officials Struggle to Regulate Pop-Up Covid Testing Sites — And Warn Patients to Beware

High demand for covid screening and scarce supply have opened the door to bad actors, and officials in some states are sounding the alarm about dubious street testing operators that could put peopl… → Read More

‘The Charges Seem Crazy’: Hospitals Impose a ‘Facility Fee’ — For a Video Visit

Facility fees, designed to help hospitals cover the high cost of staying open 24/7, have long rankled consumers. Now, some patients are assessed the fees while sitting at home for a telehealth appo… → Read More

As workers struggle with pandemic’s impact, employers expand mental health benefits

As the covid-19 pandemic burns through its second year, the path forward for American workers remains unsettled, with many continuing to work from home while policies for maintaining a safe workpla… → Read More

As Workers Struggle With Pandemic’s Impact, Employers Expand Mental Health Benefits

Many job-based health plans broadened their mental health and substance use coverage to make sure workers had the support they needed this year as pandemic stress lingered, the annual KFF survey fi… → Read More