Julie Rovner appears in the following:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Political bickering defines Washington these day. Yet leaders from both parties on two key committees have come up with a plan to fix a longstanding problem with the formula that pays doctors who treat Medicare patients. But the politicians haven't figured out how to pay for it.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Twin embarrassments framed HHS Secretary's Kathleen Sebelius' day Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Criticism over the rocky rollout of the HealthCare.gov website was expected. But Sebelius also had to answer questions about insurance companies canceling policies for people who buy their own coverage.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The latest complaints about the health law center around the question of whether you can keep your current health plan if you like it. There actually are rules associated with the law that try to protect that right. Here's a primer on those rules.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
For Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, the big question was not why isn't the HealthCare.gov website working. It was why are people being told their insurance is being cancelled when President Obama said they can keep it, no matter what. Administration officials said the new coverage will be better.
Monday, October 28, 2013
After yet more problems over the weekend, HealthCare.gov, the federal site for people to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act, seems to be making incremental improvements. Probably the best news on the health care front is that premiums for Medicare will not increase next year.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
One of the big questions now is what will happen if the federal health insurance website can't be fixed soon. Will the government penalize people for not having insurance if they couldn't realistically buy it?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The idea was that Medicare would expand to include people not covered under the Affordable Care Act. But many states have chosen not to expand coverage, despite financial incentives from the federal government. That may leave millions of people without any health coverage at all.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Federal lawmakers have been unable to solve a widely acknowledged problem with the formula used to set the pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. Now, after a series of temporary patches, a bipartisan solution may be at hand.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
With less than a month until the launch of the new health care exchanges, polls show people are still mightily confused about how the Affordable Care Act works. So the Obama administration is bringing out the big guns, including former president and explainer-in-chief Bill Clinton.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A RAND Corp. analysis says the health overhaul won't lead to big price increases for insurance. In some states individual policies may cost a bit more, while in others the premiums will decline or remain about the same.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The most common reason people said defunding is a bad idea boiled down to a feeling that using the budget process to undermine a law on the books isn't the way government in this country should work.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about student status options and penalties. Julie Rovner, NPR's health policy correspondent, explains how it's going to work.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Less than eight weeks before the official launch of the new health care marketplaces, the Obama administration is ramping up efforts to encourage people to sign up. But some opponents want young people to pay a fine rather than sign up for health insurance, hoping to harm the new law.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
For employees on Capitol Hill, the new health law left some ambiguity as to who will be required to switch from federal worker insurance to health exchanges. For those who will have to switch, it's unclear what sort of employer contributions they can expect into the future.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The vast majority of American surveyed about how health insurance works didn't understand some of the most basic concepts. They were also unable, in most cases, to figure out how much a hypothetical hospital stay would cost them.
Friday, August 02, 2013
The Obama administration says it has solved a thorny issue that threatened the health insurance coverage of more than 10,000 congressional staffers. But critics say the administration is overstepping its legal authority.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Are employers already cutting hours and jobs to avoid pending requirements of the Affordable Care Act? As with so many of the issues surrounding Obamacare, the answers are all over the map.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Plan B One-Step, which costs around $50, will be available on pharmacy and other retail shelves without age restriction. But the much cheaper, two-pill versions will remain behind the pharmacy counter, with prescriptions required for those under age 17.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
After being spurned by the NFL, the Obama administration is wooing Jennifer Hudson, Amy Poehler and other big names in entertainment for help in getting younger people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It's a strategy used in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Texas last week became the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. But most of the state laws don't define 20 weeks the same way doctors do.