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Julie Rovner

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured

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.

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After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay

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.

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Bill Clinton Steps Up To Dispel The Confusion Over Obamacare

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.

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Study: Price Shocks On Health Exchanges Appear Unlikely

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.

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Despite Distaste For Health Law, Americans Oppose Defunding

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.

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You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

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.

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Obamacare Foes Make Final Push To Stop Health Law's Implementation

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.

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Fix Is In For Congressional Obamacare Glitch

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.

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