Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner appears in the following:

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

Monday, June 02, 2014

Contradictory letters from an insurer spur a health reporter to explore why the implementation of this key health law protection turns out to be more complicated than she thought.


VA And Military Health Care Are Separate, Yet Often Confused

Friday, May 30, 2014

The health systems serving veterans and military members are different. But both are being scrutinized closely amid allegations of access and quality problems.


GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Democrats in some states are hammering Republicans for their opposition to the health law's expansion of Medicaid.


HealthCare.Gov Looks Like A Bargain Compared With State Exchanges

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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


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

Administration officials say that anyone who leaves an email on the website will be entitled to an extension to purchase health insurance after tonight's midnight deadline has passed.


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.


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.


Most Uninsured Don't Know Health Coverage Deadline Looms

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Obama administration says some people will be able to extend the enrollment process past March 31. But failing to start the process by then can have serious financial consequences.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 anot...

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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.