Julie Rovner

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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 ...


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 ...


Why Obama's Budget Could Make Health Waves

Thursday, April 11, 2013

OK, the conventional wisdom about the budget President Obama sent to Congress yesterday is that's irrelevant.

It's two months late, after all, and the House and Senate have already approved their own spending blueprints for fiscal 2014.

But here's why it matters when it comes to health.

First ...


The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some $400 billion in reductions to Medicare and other health programs.

And if the word around Washington is correct, it may also include a proposal aimed at winning some bipartisan backing — by changing the ...


With Plan B Ruling, Judge Signs Off On Years Of Advocacy

Sunday, April 07, 2013

A federal judge ordered Friday what women's groups have failed to accomplish politically for a dozen years. He ruled that Plan B, the most commonly used morning-after birth control pill, be sold without a prescription or other restrictions to women of all ages.

Federal District Court Judge Edward Korman ...


Administration Hits Pause On Health Exchanges For Small Businesses

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Obama administration is delaying the start of a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Workers in small businesses will have to wait an additional year to be able to choose from more than one plan in the marketplaces that start next January.

The delay — first proposed in ...


Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Attracts Other States' Interest

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Since the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law optional last year, states' decisions have largely split along party lines. States run by Democrats have been opting in; states run by Republicans have mostly been saying no or holding back.

But now Arkansas — ...


At Age 3, Affordable Care Act Is No Less Controversial

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Affordable Care Act turns 3 on Saturday, and it seems just as divisive as the day President Obama signed it.

"This law expands our competitiveness, promotes wellness and prevention, and enhances the economic security of the middle class," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on ...


As Health Law Turns Three, Public Is As Confused As Ever

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

As the Affordable Care Act nears its third birthday this Saturday, a poll finds the public actually knows less about the law now than when it passed in 2010. Oh, and a lot of what people think they know just isn't so.

Those are the central findings of this ...


Ryan Budget Proposal Echoes Obamacare While Rejecting It

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Health policy watchers might have been amused reading the latest blueprint for the federal budget, out today.

That's because once again House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposes a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans refer to as "Obamacare." But this time, the proposal describes the ...


Obamacare Is Here To Stay, But In What Form?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

With President Obama's re-election, states that had postponed creating health insurance exchanges required by the sweeping federal health law will now have to scramble to set them up....


Romney's Medicaid Remarks On '60 Minutes' Raise Eyebrows

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's not so much what Mitt Romney said about whether the government should guarantee people health care in his interview Sunday that has health care policy types buzzing. It's how tha...


So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at cu...


White House Details 2013 Cuts If Congress Doesn't Avert Fiscal Cliff

Friday, September 14, 2012

Under orders from Congress, the administration detailed exactly how it would administer painful cuts to both defense and domestic programs that were ordered under last year's budget d...


Choosing Ryan Defines Health Care For GOP Ticket

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Adding Rep. Paul Ryan to the Republican presidential ticket will likely elevate issues like Medicare and Medicaid to the top of the election agenda. Ryan's presence will present the p...

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Under Health Law, 'No-Cost' Birth Control Starts Today

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

As of Aug. 1, insurers must offer a wide array of women's preventive health services at no upfront cost. Most of the coverage isn't controversial — except the contraception requiremen...

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Eyes On Election, Governors Hedge On Health Care

Sunday, July 15, 2012

At the annual National Governors Association meeting, health care is a hot agenda item. State leaders are at odds with one another over the Affordable Care Act, and some who oppose th...