Julie Rovner

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Which Plans Cover Abortion? No Answers On HealthCare.gov

Friday, November 01, 2013

Many health plans under the Affordable Care Act don't cover abortion. But people won't have an easy time figuring out which ones do and which ones don't. Even insurance brokers don't necessarily have that information. It's surfaced as yet another issue dogging the rollout of health exchanges.


Congress Moves Closer To Changing Medicare Pay For Doctors

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.


Congressmen Berate Sebelius For Cancellations, Website Woes

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.


Here's What You Need To Know About Obamacare And Your Health Plan

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.


Insurance Cancellations Elbow Out Website Woes At Health Hearing

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.


More Technical Issues For Obamacare, But Good News For Medicare

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.


Why Postponing Insurance Mandate Is No Easy Fix For Obamacare

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?