Julie Rovner

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As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls

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 ...


FDA To Increase Access To Generic Morning-After Pills

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 ...


After January Surge, 3.3 Million Have Enrolled In Obamacare

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 ...


Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

Monday, January 27, 2014

Republicans have offered a wide array of proposals to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act since it became law in 2010. But few have come with the pedigree of the plan just unveiled by a trio of senior Senate Republicans.

The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act, or ...

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Cutting Spousal Benefits Might Not Save Firms Money After All

Saturday, January 25, 2014

One of the latest trends for employers looking to save money on health care benefits is to cut back on coverage of their employees' spouses.

Some companies are simply charging more for spouses who work and are eligible for coverage at their own job. Others, like UPS, are ...


22 States Curb Access To Abortion In 2013

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The year 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

It also marked another year of success for those who would restrict or even outlaw the procedure.

While much national attention was focused on efforts to restrict abortion in Texas, ...


Your Questions About The American Health Care Act

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In recent months, NPR staff has published a series of questions-and-answer stories related to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now we've compiled them into an interactive so you can explore answers that are most relevant to you.

There are nearly 80 questions, ranging from who's eligible ...


HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

Thursday, December 05, 2013

One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.

Federal officials said more than 1 million users logged in on Monday, and nearly that many on Tuesday.

But less attention has been paid to some other upgrades that are ...


Nonprofits Challenge Missouri Licensing Law For Insurance Guides

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In the first lawsuit of its kind, several nonprofit groups that received federal grants to help people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act are suing the state of Missouri.

The Missouri law requires health insurance helpers called navigators to be licensed by the state, which involves passing ...


ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

Monday, December 02, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to go directly to the source of its unhappiness with the way women are treated in Catholic hospitals. It's suing the nation's Catholic bishops.

The ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan have filed suit in federal court in Michigan charging ...


Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Buried in the paltry enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act that were released last week was something that came as a surprise to many — the success states are having signing people up for the Medicaid program, which provides health care to low-income people.

During the first month the ...


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

The health care exchanges may be open, but there's no question they're still kind of a mess.

"The rollout has been excruciatingly awful for way too many people," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded to the Senate Finance Committee last week.

But mess or not, the law ...

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White House Releases Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Obama administration delivered on a long-delayed health care promise when it issued rules to ensure equal health insurance treatment for people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

The rules, issued Friday, require that most health insurance plans offer the same amount of coverage for mental health and ...


Feds To Ease Restrictions On Flexible Spending Accounts

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Treasury Department is scrapping the rule that requires people to use or lose the money they set aside each year in accounts to cover health care expenses that are otherwise unreimbursed.

Instead, the department plans to allow people to carry over up to $500 of unused money to ...


Which Plans Cover Abortion? No Answers On HealthCare.gov

Friday, November 01, 2013

As if the rollout of the federal health law didn't have enough problems, abortion is back in the spotlight.

How the various health plans in the exchanges would or would not pay for abortion was one of the very last issues settled before the bill was passed in 2010. ...


Congress Moves Closer To Changing Medicare Pay For Doctors

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill don't agree on much when it comes to health care.

But, believe it or not, 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 ...


Congressmen Berate Sebelius For Cancellations, Website Woes

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a date with lawmakers frustrated by the rocky rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

What she got at the House Energy and Commerce Committee was four hours of venting from Democrats and Republicands alike.

Like Medicare and Medicaid ...