Brokers and insurers can sell traditional products, but they may also sell marketplace plans that offer customers subsidies.
1. Don’t wait until the last minute to look for a plan.
2. Look beyond the premium when figuring potential costs.
3. Check provider networks.
4. Estimate your income carefully.
5. Don’t be fooled by lookalike websites.
As the October launch of the state health insurance marketplaces approaches, parents have many questions about covering their children. Consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers their questions.
The US Food and Drug Administration has changed the labeling on long-acting opioids, such as OxyContin, in an effort to limit the use of these drugs to patients with severe refractory pain. Here’s is the Consumer Update from the FDA released today.
The FDA explains what the “gluten-free” label means in this Consumer Update
Consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers readers’ questions about buying coverage through the new health insurance exchanges.
Consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers readers’ questions about coverage subsidies for families under the Affordable Care Act, filling the gaps in Medicare coverage and laws governing health plans in companies that conduct business in more than one state.
Caffeine is being added to jelly beans, marshmallows, sunflower seeds and other snacks for its stimulant effect. An instant oatmeal on the market boasts that one serving has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. One brand of gum is like having four cups of coffee in your pocket.
This week the FDA launches its Patient Network website through which the agency says it seeks to engage patients and consumers as partners, and encourage them to share ideas and concerns about the medical product development process.
In its 3-year history, the Affordable Care Act has made big strides in expanding coverage, reducing costs for patients, and improving safety and quality of care. While plenty of work remains, it’s exciting to see how far we’ve come.
If you’re a lover of chocolate milk, but want to watch your weight, you might reach for the carton labeled “reduced calorie.” But dairy manufacturers would rather that the carton simply say “chocolate milk.”
The “transdermal” system delivers the migraine drug sumatriptan through the skin from a patch that can be wrapped around a patient’s upper arm or thigh.
A growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them, increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes.
If your child is taking more than one medication at the same time, there could be dangerous health consequences if those medicines have the same active ingredient, warns the US Food and Drug Administration.
Bogus product! Danger! Health fraud alert! — You’ll never see these warnings on health products, but that’s what you ought to be thinking when you see claims like “miracle cure,” “revolutionary scientific breakthrough,” or “alternative to drugs or surgery.”