Julie Rovner

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Texas Abortion Fight Is Just One Of Many This Year

Friday, July 12, 2013

The eyes of the nation may be on Texas, as legislators fight over whether to impose strict new regulations on abortion and those who provide it. But a report on abortion laws and regulation across the country finds that the Lone Star State isn't alone.

According to the


Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion

Friday, July 12, 2013

It hasn't been a good week for the Affordable Care Act. After announcements by the administration of several delays of key portions of the law, Republicans returned to Capitol Hill and began piling on.

"This law is literally just unraveling before our eyes," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at ...


GOP Says, Why Not Delay That Health Care Law, Like, Forever?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sensing that recent delays in key portions of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obama administration at a weak point in its rollout of the law, Republicans in Congress are doubling down on their efforts to cripple the measure, at least in the eyes of the public if not ...


Catholics Split Again On Coverage For Birth Control

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Two prominent Catholic groups are finding themselves, once again, on opposite sides of a key issue regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, ...


Delay For Insurance Mandate Pleases Businesses

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Obama administration's decision late Tuesday to postpone the requirement for employers with 50 or more workers to offer health coverage or risk fines has satisfied some key members of the coalition that supported the law.

But the one-year reprieve also raises new questions about the administration's ability to get ...


You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

Monday, July 01, 2013

The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. Oct. 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014.

It can all ...


Administration Clarifies Insurance Rules For Contraceptives

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Obama administration is moving to end a long-running controversy over making no-cost birth control available under the federal health law.

Under final rules issued Friday, most employers will have to provide contraception — at no charge to employees — as part of their health insurance plans. And while ...


Maine Once Again Allows Mail-Order Canadian Drugs To Cut Costs

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's deja vu all over again in Maine.

For the first time in years, a state has acted to allow its citizens to purchase prescription drugs by mail from other countries. The idea is to take advantage of those nations' lower prices, which can be half the cost of those ...


Could LeBron and RGIII Help Sell The Affordable Care Act?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Who's going to be more successful at selling health insurance to young men this fall: NBA MVP LeBron James, NFL rookie of the year Robert Griffin III, or Mom? If officials at the Department of Health and Human Services get their way, all may be drafted.

"We're having discussions, active ...


FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B For All Ages, Ending Battle

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday evening approved over-the-counter sale, with no age restrictions, of Plan B One-Step. That's the morning-after pill whose status has been the subject of a dozen years of political wrangling and legal dispute.

The action came after a court order issued in April by ...


With Health Exchanges Poised To Open, PR Push Draws Scrutiny

Friday, June 21, 2013

This weekend marks 100 days until people can begin signing up for new health insurance coverage under the federal health care law. It also marks another milestone: the launch of an enormous public relations effort to find people eligible for new coverage and urge them to sign up when the ...


House Passes Bill That Would Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The House has passed one of the most far-reaching abortion bills in decades. But it's unlikely to ever become law.

By a mostly party-line vote Tuesday of 228-196, lawmakers passed the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," which would ban nearly all abortions starting 20 weeks after fertilization.

"At 20 ...


To Find Out How The Health Law Affects You, Ask The President

Monday, June 17, 2013

Call it the Affordable Care Act, call it Obamacare, call it whatever you want — it's coming. And soon. In less than four months people without health insurance will be able to start signing up for coverage that begins Jan. 1.

A lot has been said about the law, most ...


Judge Reluctantly Approves Government Plan For Morning-After Pill

Thursday, June 13, 2013

An obviously unhappy Judge Edward Korman has approved the Obama administration's proposal to make just one formulation of the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter without age restrictions.

But in a testily worded six-page memorandum, the federal district judge made it clear he is not particularly pleased ...


Administration's Plan For Morning-After Pill Pleases No One

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Reaction was swift to the Obama administration's announcement Monday night that it was dropping a long-running legal battle to keep age restrictions on one type of the morning-after birth control pill.

But like just about everything else in this decade-long controversy, the latest decision has pleased just about no ...