Nancy Metcalf

Health Writer

Nancy Metcalf is an award-winning independent journalist specializing in health topics. A senior writer and editor for Consumer Reports for more than 25 years, she is a nationally recognized expert on health insurance and health reform.

Latest by Nancy Metcalf

Did Your ACA Insurance Cost Skyrocket? Don’t Freak Out

If you get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, you may have received a renewal notice this year that gave you sticker shock. Here’s what to do.

Paying for Birth Control: What to Know Now

Under the Affordable Care Act health insurance is required to provide all forms of birth control free. The rule is still in effect, with a major new exception.

How to Find Free Help With Health Insurance Enrollment

Picking a health insurance plan can be difficult. Try these four strategies to get the best health insurance deal for you.

5 Smart Strategies for Buying Health Insurance

Marketplaces open Nov. 1. Prices in many states will be different than last year, but be careful. You could end up with a premium hike or miss out on a bargain.

How ACA Subsidy Changes Might Affect You

The government says it will stop paying for a major type of health insurance subsidy. If you purchase Obamacare, here’s what to know.

Will I Be Able to Get Health Insurance on the Exchange for 2018?

Health insurers continue to exit and enter the 2018 marketplace, but as of now every U.S. county will offer at least one plan. Here’s what else to know.

Signing Up for Health Insurance? You Have Less Time This Year

Open enrollment for health insurance for 2017 will mostly work the same as it has in previous years, but there’s an important change.

Where to Start on the Health Insurance Exchange

Enrollment counselors and insurance brokers in your area can help you enroll in private health insurance and find financial help. Here’s what to know.

If You Buy Insurance on Your Own, Here's What to Know Now

If you need health insurance right now but are confused about how to go about it because of what’s going on in Congress, here’s what to know.

What the Latest Senate Health Bill Means If You Have a Pre-Existing Condition

The Senate health bill could make health care unaffordable for Americans with pre-existing conditions who must buy insurance on their own. Here’s what to know.