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Julie Rovner

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 HealthCare.gov was, the federal exchange was relatively efficient in signing up enrollees. Each one cost an average of $647 in federal tax dollars, an ...

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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.

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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.

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Glitches Return To HealthCare.Gov As Enrollment Clock Expires

Monday, March 31, 2014

The last day of sign-ups for health insurance on the HealthCare.gov 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 ...

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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

Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.

Yet according to the latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don't know that.

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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

Rather than letting people keep their old health plans that don't comply with the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the head of the group that represents the nation's health insurance companies is floating an alternative: weakening the requirements.

"If you take 10 categories of coverage," said Karen Ignagni, ...

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bipartisan support dissolved this week for compromise legislation that would have fixed a longstanding problem with the way Medicare pays physicians. Though the bill passed the House of Representatives Friday, it now contains a provision almost certain to invite veto unless a Senate version can quickly nudge the ultimate bill ...

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