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Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner appears in the following:

Glitches Return To HealthCare.Gov As Enrollment Clock Expires

Monday, March 31, 2014

Administration officials say that anyone who leaves an email on the website will be entitled to an extension to purchase health insurance after tonight's midnight deadline has passed.

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Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More

Friday, March 28, 2014

Though the health insurance law is federal, we're not exactly all in this together. Each state runs its own insurance market and pools, so a big turnout of the healthy in New York won't help Texas.

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That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

President Obama often said that March 31 was the hard deadline to sign up for individual health insurance. But it turns out it's not so hard. Here's the latest on that slightly squishy deadline.

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Most Uninsured Don't Know Health Coverage Deadline Looms

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Obama administration says some people will be able to extend the enrollment process past March 31. But failing to start the process by then can have serious financial consequences.

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Final Call For Questions On Health Insurance As Deadline Looms

Monday, March 24, 2014

There is just one week left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. NPR's Julie Rovner answers last-minute questions about what happens after that.

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Insurance Chief Suggests Adding A New, Lower Level Of Health Plan

Friday, March 21, 2014

Representing U.S. health insurance companies, Karen Ignagni says she would add a "lower tier" to the Affordable Care Act options. That could entice healthier people to join the law's new risk pools.

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House Passes Payment Fix For Medicare Docs, But At What Cost?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A bipartisan compromise years in the making came apart this week when House GOP leaders inserted into a Medicare bill language that would delay part of the Affordable Care Act.

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You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sure, you thought, I can avoid buying health insurance because the tax penalty is just $95. But some people may be on the hook for thousands of dollars more.

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Young People Lag Behind In Health Insurance Enrollment

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One-quarter of the people who have signed up for private insurance through the federal and state exchanges are young adults. Insurers are counting on their participation to keep premiums manageable.

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As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls

Monday, March 10, 2014

More people reported being covered by insurance they purchased themselves or by Medicaid. The percentage who said they were covered by employer plans fell slightly.

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FDA To Increase Access To Generic Morning-After Pills

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Last July, when the FDA approved unrestricted sale of Plan B One-Step, it also granted the drug's maker three years of protection from generic competition. Now the agency has reconsidered.

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After January Surge, 3.3 Million Have Enrolled In Obamacare

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Slightly more women than men are signing up for coverage. The most popular plans are the silver ones, the third-most generous type among the four main kinds offered on insurance exchanges around the country.

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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

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Cutting Spousal Benefits Might Not Save Firms Money After All

Saturday, January 25, 2014

UPS and other employers looking to reduce spending are cutting back on health care coverage for employees' spouses. But a new study shows that if every employer starts doing this, then nobody wins.

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22 States Curb Access To Abortion In 2013

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The 205 restrictions enacted between 2011 and 2013 outpaced the 189 enacted during the entire previous decade. Also, the number of U.S. states deemed by a leading reproductive rights group to be "hostile" to abortion rights continues to rise — from 13 states at the turn of the millennium to 27 today.

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Your Questions About The American Health Care Act

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What questions do you have about the new national health care law known as Obamacare? Use NPR's interactive guide to answer them.

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HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Probably the best feature of the retooled HealthCare.gov website is that you can actually use it. People are now able to get a customized list of plans and prices, and click through to see an insurer's provider directory. Still, better though it is, it's clearly not 100 percent.

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Nonprofits Challenge Missouri Licensing Law For Insurance Guides

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Missouri is one of more than a dozen states where Republican-led governments have passed laws or otherwise taken steps to restrict insurance navigators and other in-person counselors from attempting to help people sign up for health insurance on the new exchanges.

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ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

Monday, December 02, 2013

A woman in Michigan says that a Catholic hospital failed to give her adequate health care when she came to the hospital after her water broke when she was 18 weeks pregnant. That has sparked a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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As HealthCare.Gov's Deadline Approaches, What Will Be Ready?

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Obama Administration this week announced yet another delay for small businesses seeking to purchase health insurance on the troubled HealthCare.gov website. Ari Shapiro and Julie Rovner discuss how the small business part of the program keeps getting pushed to the end of the administration's priority list.

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