Julie Rovner

Wyden Demands Penalties for Obamacare Enrollment Fraud

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Lawmakers and state officials are turning up the heat on federal regulators to stop unscrupulous, commission-hungry insurance agents from enrolling thousands of people in Affordable Care Act plans, or switching their coverage, without their knowledge. Customers often don鈥檛 discover the changes until they鈥檙e denied medical coverage or get stuck with a bill for ACA tax […]

Abortion Bans Are Repelling the Nation鈥檚 Future Doctors

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Ash Panakam is about to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She鈥檚 from Georgia and always assumed she would return to the South for her residency. But the Supreme Court鈥檚 2022 decision overturning the nationwide right to abortion changed everything. 鈥淯ltimately I shifted my selection pretty drastically,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 was struggling to find a residency […]

Biden鈥檚 Election-Year Play to Further Expand Obamacare

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The Biden administration wants to make it easier for Americans to get dental care. But don鈥檛 try booking an appointment just yet. A new regulation out this month allows states to include adult dental care as a benefit that health insurers must cover under the Affordable Care Act. Following record ACA enrollment this year, the proposal represents an […]

Joe Biden鈥檚 Skittish Support for Abortion Rights

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President Biden spent much of his State of the Union speech last week talking about two subjects central to his reelection campaign while seemingly trying not to name them. One was Donald Trump, or as Biden called him, 鈥渕y predecessor.鈥 The other was abortion. It鈥檚 hardly news that Biden, an 81-year-old devout Catholic, is uncomfortable […]

Nikki Haley Wants 鈥楥onsensus鈥 on Contraception. It鈥檚 Not That Easy.

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Nikki Haley, the last candidate standing between Donald Trump and the GOP presidential nomination, insists that being 鈥渦napologetically pro-life鈥 doesn鈥檛 make her anti-birth control. 鈥淟et鈥檚 find consensus,鈥 she urged at a GOP presidential debate in November. 鈥淟et鈥檚 make sure we make contraception accessible.鈥  If only consensus were that easy. In some conservative circles, contraception is […]

A Legal Battle Over Herring Fishing Has Big Implications for Health Care

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What do herring fishing and health policy have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out, owing to a case now before the Supreme Court. If the justices rule as expected, based on this month鈥檚 oral arguments, they could dramatically change the way federal health agencies operate. 鈥淭he upheaval caused 鈥 would be immense,鈥 argues […]

What Would a Second Trump Presidency Look Like for Health Care?

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Health policy during Donald Trump鈥檚 tenure was dominated by covid-19 and a failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His appointments to the Supreme Court led to the end of national abortion rights, and he took steps to increase hospital price transparency and improve care for veterans.

The AMA Wants a Medicare Cut Reversed 鈥 And Lawmakers To Stay Out of Care

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Congress is back this week and feverishly working on a bipartisan agreement to fund the government for the rest of the 2024 fiscal year. Ahead of a potential vote, I spoke with Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association, the nation鈥檚 largest lobby group for doctors, about his organization鈥檚 priorities in Washington.  Some […]

Republicans Once Championed Public Health. What Happened?

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It wasn鈥檛 that long ago that Republicans were all-in on boosting public health spending. 鈥淭he highest investment priority in Washington should be to double the federal budget for scientific research,鈥 former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) wrote in a 1999 op-ed in The Washington Post. Big spending increases for the National Institutes of Health soon […]

Abortion 鈥淯ntil the Day of Birth鈥 Is Almost Never a Thing

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It鈥檚 one of the most frequent claims made by antiabortion lawmakers: That abortion rights supporters favor allowing abortions literally until the end of pregnancy. 鈥淔rankly I think it鈥檚 unethical and immoral to allow for abortions up until the day of birth,鈥 Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said at last week鈥檚 GOP presidential primary debate. At that […]

The AMA May Reconsider Single-Payer Health Care

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Is the American Medical Association going soft on single-payer health care? We鈥檙e about to find out. For more than a century, the most influential U.S. physician group has stridently opposed what could generally be described as 鈥渘ational health insurance.鈥 It famously helped defeat health reform efforts in the 1930s and 1940s, delayed the establishment of […]

What鈥檚 It Really Like to Be HHS Secretary? Three Who鈥檝e Done It Spill the Beans

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Three secretaries of Health and Human Services, who served under Presidents Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and Barack Obama, gathered this week for a rare, candid conversation hosted by the Aspen Ideas Festival and 天天看片 Health News鈥 鈥淲hat the Health?鈥 about the experience of being the nation鈥檚 top health official.

Walensky to Leave CDC in June as Covid Emergency Winds Down

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director presided over one of the most tumultuous times in the agency鈥檚 history, struggling to regain public trust after it was revealed that Trump officials intervened in its pandemic response.