Julie Rovner appears in the following:
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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 ...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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.
Monday, March 24, 2014
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, ...
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 ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
With 20 days left for people to sign up for private health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people who have completed that task rose to 4.2 million through the end of February, the Obama administration reports.
While the 943,000 people who signed up in February ...
Monday, March 10, 2014
Since the Affordable Care Act kicked in fully, the percentage of Americans without health coverage has fallen to its lowest point in five years.
In the last quarter of 2013, just before the federal health law took full effect, 17.1 percent of Americans reported they lacked health insurance, according to ...
Sunday, March 02, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has decided to allow generic versions of the most popular form of emergency contraceptive pills to be sold over the counter, without age restrictions, after all.
Last July, after a decade-long battle and under court order, the FDA removed the age restriction on sales ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
January was a miserable month for weather, but the wintry blasts in much of the country weren't enough to stop people from shopping for health insurance.
More than 1.1 million people signed up for coverage through state and federal health exchanges in January, according to a just-released report, bringing ...