Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner appears in the following:

Feds Cave On Emergency Contraception Age Restrictions

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Obama administration has gone to Plan C on Plan B.

Backed into a legal corner, the Justice Department said Monday it would drop its appeal of Judge Edward Korman's ruling last April that it make the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter with no age restrictions.

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Court Says Some Morning-After Pills Must Be Available OTC Now

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A federal appeals court has dealt the Obama administration yet another blow in its quest to keep at least some age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraceptive pills.

In a three-paragraph order, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that ...

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Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits.

The group has filed sex discrimination complaints against five large publicly funded employers, using a little-noticed provision of the Affordable ...

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Administration Touts Competition In Insurance Exchanges

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Obama administration is countering criticism that the new health insurance exchanges will be lacking in competition, though it's doing so a bit quietly.

At a White House briefing Thursday for health reporters, in which senior administration health officials spoke on the condition that they not be named, and ...

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Boomer Housemates Have More Fun

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today more than 1 in every 3 baby boomers — that huge glut of people born between 1948 and 1964 — is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women. As this vast generation rushes into retirement, there's a growing concern among experts on aging: Who will take ...

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Swell Of Goodwill For First Medicare Chief Confirmed Since 2004

Thursday, May 16, 2013

When the Senate voted Tuesday to make Marilyn Tavenner the official administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it was the first time the world's greatest deliberative body had approved someone to head the huge health agency since 2004.

That's right, you have to go way back to ...

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Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.

"The issue of legislation on human cloning is about to get ...

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A Sharper Abortion Debate After Gosnell Verdict

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The murder conviction in Philadelphia of abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell in the deaths of three babies and one of his female patients is likely to further inflame the already heated abortion debate.

Both sides of the abortion divide have been gearing up for what comes next for ...

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Judge Denies Administration's Request To Delay Plan-B Ruling

Friday, May 10, 2013

The U.S. District Court judge who last month ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the most popular forms of the emergency contraceptive pill available over-the-counter with no age restrictions has denied the government's request to stay his ruling while it's on appeal.

And Judge Edward Korman, ...

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Why A Slowdown In Health Spending Is Starting To Look Real

Monday, May 06, 2013

So you know all that talk about how the boatload of money going to health care will bankrupt the nation if something isn't done soon?

Well, it turns out that while politicians were bickering, the problem started taking care of itself. Well, a little bit.

While not solved, the ...

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Capitol Hill Caught Up In Health Act's Sticky Situation

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Women's Health Groups Angered By Morning-After Pill Moves

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The administration's actions this week on emergency contraception have left many women's health groups sputtering with anger.

But what really has some of the President Obama's usual allies irritated is the fact that the moves are in direct contrast to speeches he made in just the past week.

Recall that ...

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Second Thoughts On Medicaid From Oregon's Unique Experiment

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Two years ago, a landmark study found that having Medicaid health insurance makes a positive difference in people's lives.

Backers of the program have pointed to that study time and again in their push to encourage states to expand the program as part of the federal health law.

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FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B Pill For Women 15 And Up

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In an effort to find a compromise for a politically fraught issue, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a proposal to make the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B more available to some younger teens without a prescription and to older women by moving the medication out from behind ...

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Family Doctors Consider Dropping Birth Control Training Rule

Thursday, April 25, 2013

One of the more popular provisions of the federal health law requires that women be given much freer access to prescription methods of birth control. That includes not only the pill, but implants and IUDs as well.

But what happens if there are not enough doctors to prescribe those ...

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Philadelphia Case Exposes Deep Rift In Abortion Debate

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This is the sixth week of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the physician charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of a woman and infants at the Philadelphia abortion clinic he owned and operated.

The case and its grisly details have prompted considerable debate about a ...

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