Aetna is the latest big health insurer to retreat from the exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

toggle caption Jessica Hill/AP

Aetna Joins Other Major Insurers In Pulling Back From Obamacare

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/490207169/490251859" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Health insurance plans may exclude coverage for many types of genetic testing that aren't required by law. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Andrew Brookes/Getty Images

Express Scripts assures patients it has a policy of not putting cancer medicine or mental health drugs on the list of products it excludes from its formulary. Fuse/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Fuse/Getty Images

Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check!

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/489790412/490037655" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

When used in conjunction with counseling, Suboxone strips placed under the tongue can help ease opioid cravings and other withdrawal symptoms in people trying to quit a heroin or painkiller habit, doctors say. Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

toggle caption Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media

Insurance Rules Can Hamper Recovery From Opioid Addiction

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/485554456/488793431" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege," Sen. Bernie Sanders told Denver supporters in February. ColoradoCare supporters hope to leverage his charisma for a win on their state amendment. Marc Piscotty/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Campaign For Universal Health Care In Colorado Seeks Bernie Sanders' Help

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/486608543/487952539" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

When your health insurer reclassifies a prescription drug you take from tier 1 to tier 2, it can sharply increase the portion of the drug's cost that you're expected to pay. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, said the projected rate increases for 2017 are linked to increases in the cost of health care in the state. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

toggle caption Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Toddlers need consistent care from a pediatrician to make sure, among other things, that they are hitting developmental milestones and their vaccinations are up-to-date. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Tetra Images/Getty Images

A guide works on the federal enrollment website as she helps a Delaware resident sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Obama speaks in Dallas in 2013 about the technical problems that affected the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Now, citing the law's success, he is urging Congress to expand the insurance offerings. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Raymond Biesinger for NPR

Hassle Of Being A Patient Can Turn Into A Crisis Without Sick Leave

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484960907/485512708" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Glenn Baker, 44, stands in his South Side apartment that is paid for by a program of the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Miles Bryan/WBEZ hide caption

toggle caption Miles Bryan/WBEZ

A Hospital Offers Frequent ER Patients An Out — Free Housing

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482994000/484058430" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

How do you stay on the family health plan without your parents finding out about your health issues? Alex Williamson/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Alex Williamson/Ikon Images/Getty Images

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield headquarters in Eagan, Minn., the losses on the sale of insurance plans to individuals led to a change in course. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

toggle caption Jim Mone/AP

Though the federal Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to cover many types of contraception, a vasectomy is not one of them. Charles Thatcher/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Charles Thatcher/Getty Images

Vermont Insurers Must Now Cover Vasectomies

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/480133743/482594733" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Would the threat of Zika lead you to rethink a scheduled trip to Ipanema beach or the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? You'd need the right kind of travel insurance to cover the cost of a canceled trip. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images