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Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner appears in the following:

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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Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

If you advertise it, they will come. Sign-ups for Medicaid are brisk, even in states that haven't expanded their programs with an infusion of federal dollars. Experts call that the "woodwork effect" — getting the word out to people who were already eligible.

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How Bad Are Obamacare's Problems?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Only 50,000 people signed up for the ACA in October, and reports say that insurance companies are starting to seek alternatives to the website. 

 

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Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care

Monday, November 11, 2013

Self-employed workers are some of the people who could benefit most from insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but figuring out how much coverage will cost can be tricky. Well, we've got answers for them, and also for people wondering about what happens if they don't have any insurance at all.

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White House Releases Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health

Friday, November 08, 2013

The rules require most health insurance plans to provide the same coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment as they do for other types of ailments. Coverage also has expanded under the Affordable Care Act, but not everyone benefits.

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Feds To Ease Restrictions On Flexible Spending Accounts

Friday, November 01, 2013

An estimated 14 million families use these flexible spending accounts, or FSAs. Tied usually to employment at big companies, the accounts let people put aside money before taxes to help pay medical expenses insurance doesn't cover.

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