Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner appears in the following:

Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.


Guarding The Ebola Border

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ivory Coast is determined to keep Ebola out. The government shut down the border, and enlisted local villagers to serve as informal border security.


In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Takes On Fate Of Obamacare Again

Friday, November 07, 2014

Once again the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Defying expectations, the court announced Friday it has agreed to hear a case that challenges the heart of the law: subsidies that help people pay their insurance premiums. In about three dozen states, the federal ...


How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company ...


Health Law Gets Reprieve As Appeals Court Agrees To Rehear Key Case

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The controversial federal court decision that threatened the future of the Affordable Care Act is no more.

The full District of Columbia Court of Appeals Thursday agreed to rehear Halbig v. Burwell, a case charging that the federal government lacks the authority to provide consumers tax credits in health insurance ...


State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Friday, August 08, 2014

Even if you're trying, it's tough to keep score of what's happening with various lawsuits challenging some state abortion laws.

States led by anti-abortion governors and legislatures have been passing a broad array of measures over the past few years aimed at making the procedure more difficult for women to ...


Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected.

The reaction also raises questions about the sensitive politics involved in redistributing a large pot of money –mostly from ...


Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended Tuesday, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.

"We recognize we are recommending substantial change," says health economist and former Medicare Administrator Gail Wilensky, co-chairwoman of the ...


Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

Monday, July 28, 2014

Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.


Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Monday, July 28, 2014

For the second time this summer, a federal appellate court has voted to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district court judge's decision that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

"We do ...


Appeals Court Strikes Down Subsidies In Federal Health Exchange

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday.

In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges ...


Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Supreme Court's opinion Monday holding that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act if the companies have religious objections addressed only half of the continuing legal battle over the birth control mandate.

But those on both sides of the issue ...


6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

Friday, June 13, 2014

One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception ...


Are Pre-Existing Condition Bans For Health Insurance Still With Us?

Monday, June 02, 2014

"Welcome to Cigna," said the letter, dated May 16, on behalf of my new employer, the Kaiser Family Foundation. The letter also said the insurer was placing me on a one-year waiting period for any pre-existing conditions.

Seriously? Wasn't the health law supposed to end that?

"We have reviewed the ...


VA And Military Health Care Are Separate, Yet Often Confused

Friday, May 30, 2014

Delays in health care for veterans led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday. And the health system for active duty military has also come under the microscope for lapses in care.

There have long been issues with an overburdened system for caring for veterans. Allegations of ...


GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Last year, the Republican playbook for keeping control of the House of Representatives in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare.

But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy isn't looking quite so simple. Democrats are fighting back. ...


HealthCare.Gov Looks Like A Bargain Compared With State Exchanges

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Sometimes there really are economies of scale. And the nation's health insurance exchanges may be a case in point.

As rocky as the rollout of was, the federal exchange was relatively efficient in signing up enrollees. Each one cost an average of $647 in federal tax dollars, an ...


Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.


Lessons Learned For 2015 From This Year's Obamacare Sign-Ups

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More funding for in-person guidance could help ease confusion, say consumer groups. Beefing up education about each plan's relative costs would help, as would shifting open enrollment to tax-time.


Glitches Return To HealthCare.Gov As Enrollment Clock Expires

Monday, March 31, 2014

The last day of sign-ups for health insurance on the website is turning out to have a lot in common with the first: lots of computer problems.

But there are some big differences, too. Back in October the not-ready-for-prime-time website was only able to enroll six people on ...