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Lisa Zamosky

Lisa ZamoskyLisa Zamosky

WebMD Health Reform Expert

Health Reform
Health Insurance, Health Care and Consumer Affairs

924 Answers25 Followers5 Best Answers939 Helpful Answer Votes
 

Bio

Lisa Zamosky is a WebMD Health Reform Expert and author of Healthcare, Insurance and You: The Savvy Consumer’s Guide. She is a healthcare journalist who has been writing about how to access and pay for healthcare for more than 10 years. Zamosky is a consumer health columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a correspondent for two news services of the California Healthcare Foundation. Her work has been published in Reuters, Kaiser Health News, MSNBC, Health.com, the Chicago Tribune, and Baltimore Sun, among other publications. Zamosky previously spent a decade working in the healthcare industry, during which time she developed benefit plans for Fortune 500 companies and state governments, and oversaw provider network operations for several states throughout the Northeast for one of the country’s largest health insurance companies.

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My Answers

A. The emergency room is about the worst place to go for any type of medical need that isn't an emergency. Not only are you likely to wait for hours...
A. Your best bet is to look for a local community health clinic. The services they offer vary, but generally they include primary healthcare, dental...
A. Some states have laws that require providers to notify parents 48 hours in advance of the abortion but only for minors under the age of 18.It's...
A. The medication has FDA approval, however, if the FDA didn't approve it for the exact reason you're using it, your plan may deny coverage...
A. A good place to start is by calling the number on the back of your insurance card. Customer service should be able to help you locate a participating...
A. A well woman visit is generally covered now with no copays or co-insurance. Check your specific plan, but you will likely be able to go for an...
A. If you meet medical criteria for the procedure, yes, it would be covered. Work with your doctor to confirm and to obtain a referral for the procedure...
A. There are short-term insurance policies available, but they don't comply with the health reform law. They can decline to offer you coverage or...
A. Best Answer
I'll answer this from an insurance perspective. Perhaps one of the other WebMD experts with a medical background can respond with regard to the...
A. Unfortunately, you've missed the open enrollment period for signing up for health insurance for 2015. The next open enrollment period won't...
A. It sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Contact your insurance company to find a physician in your area who participates with your health...
A. The bottom line when it comes to having insurance pay for  any procedure is whether it's considered medically necessary. In the case of a...
A. You do have the right to file a formal appeal with your insurance company to gain coverage for brand-name prescription drugs. You'll have to...
A. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to get differing opinions from different clinicians.  There's no easy answer here about what to do...
A. The answer depends in large part on the type of Medicare coverage you have and the way this drug is administered. I'm not a doctor, so I...