Julie Rovner http://wfpl.org en You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance http://wfpl.org/post/you-might-pay-lot-more-95-skipping-health-insurance 2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty.<p>But most people who are <a href="http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/02/18/ACA-Awareness-Lacking-Among-Low-Income-Uninsured">aware</a> of the penalty think it's pretty small, at least for this first year. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:45:38 +0000 Julie Rovner 8843 at http://wfpl.org You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls http://wfpl.org/post/health-law-takes-hold-rate-uninsured-falls Since the Affordable Care Act kicked in fully, the percentage of Americans without health coverage has fallen to its lowest point in five years.<p>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 <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/167798/uninsured-rate-continues-fall.aspx">a Gallup survey</a>.<p>When the survey was taken (between Jan. 2 and Feb. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:57:29 +0000 Julie Rovner 8834 at http://wfpl.org As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag http://wfpl.org/post/deadline-nears-state-insurance-exchanges-still-mixed-bag With a bit more than a month left for people to sign up for health insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act, the federal website known as HealthCare.gov finally seems to be working smoothly — in 36 states.<p>But what's happening in the 14 states that are running <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/health-insurance-exchanges/">their own</a> exchanges?<p>Some are doing quite well, thank you. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:34:35 +0000 Julie Rovner 8659 at http://wfpl.org As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag Abortions Reportedly Drop To Lowest Rate Since 1970s http://wfpl.org/post/abortions-reportedly-drop-lowest-rate-1970s Abortions in the U.S. resumed their downward trend between 2008 and 2011, according to a new study. But its authors say the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict the procedure is likely not the reason.<p>Both the abortion rate and the number of abortions (just under 1.1 million) fell 13 percent, <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/psrh.46e0414.pdf">according to the Guttmacher Institute</a>, the reproductive health think tank that's been doing the <a href="http://www.wbur.org/npr/18195345">periodic survey</a> of abortion providers since the 1970s. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:06:07 +0000 Julie Rovner 8453 at http://wfpl.org Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/key-senate-republicans-offer-their-plan-replace-obamacare 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.<p>The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act, or CARE for short, is <a href="http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/bf0c9823-29c7-4078-b8af-aa9a12213eca/The%20Patient%20CARE%20Act%20-%20LEGISLATIVE%20PROPOSAL.pdf">a proposal</a> being floated by Sens. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:52:28 +0000 Julie Rovner 8380 at http://wfpl.org Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout http://wfpl.org/post/number-6-says-it-all-about-healthcaregov-rollout When it comes to health care, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to be measured in the millions. That's how many people were expected to sign up for insurance to begin on Jan. 1.<p>But for both supporters and opponents of the law, there's one number that sticks out above all others. Six. That's how many people actually managed to enroll through the federal <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website the first day it opened, Oct. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:55:18 +0000 Julie Rovner 8039 at http://wfpl.org The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk http://wfpl.org/post/aclu-sues-claiming-catholic-hospitals-put-women-risk 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. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:40:52 +0000 Julie Rovner 7755 at http://wfpl.org ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care http://wfpl.org/post/self-employed-and-lots-questions-about-health-care The health care exchanges may be open, but there's no question they're still kind of a mess.<p>"The rollout has been excruciatingly awful for way too many people," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded to the Senate Finance Committee <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=243537883">last week</a>.<p>But mess or not, the law is going forward, people are trying to use it, and they have questions. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:30:06 +0000 Julie Rovner 7506 at http://wfpl.org Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care Why Postponing Insurance Mandate Is No Easy Fix For Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/why-postponing-insurance-mandate-no-easy-fix-obamacare The Obama administration has entered full damage-control mode over the balky website intended to enroll people in new health plans under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Senior officials met Wednesday morning with <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Glitc">Democrats on Capitol Hill</a>, and in the afternoon insurance CEOs got an audience at the White House. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:27:13 +0000 Julie Rovner 7310 at http://wfpl.org Why Postponing Insurance Mandate Is No Easy Fix For Obamacare How Politics Set The Stage For The Obamacare Website Meltdown http://wfpl.org/post/how-politics-set-stage-obamacare-website-meltdown Since the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges launched to a long series of error messages Oct. 1, most of the "what went wrong" fingers have been pointing at software developers.<p>But some say there's more to it than that — that politics has played a role as well.<p>"It is a mess and there's no sugarcoating it, and people shouldn't sugarcoat that," says Jay Angoff, who formerly ran the <a href="http://www.findjustice.com/about-us/attorneys/jay-angoff/">health exchange program</a> for the Department of Health and Human Services. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:47:08 +0000 Julie Rovner 7287 at http://wfpl.org How Politics Set The Stage For The Obamacare Website Meltdown