Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR specializing in the politics of health care.

Reporting on all aspects of health policy and politics, Rovner covers the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to issues around the country. She served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of a critically-praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Rovner is also co-author of the book Managed Care Strategies 1997, and has contributed to several other books, including two chapters in Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, edited by political scientists Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.

In 2005, Rovner was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug law and its aftermath.

Rovner has appeared on television on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and NOW with Bill Moyers. Her articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Modern Maturity, and The Saturday Evening Post.

Prior to NPR, Rovner covered health and human services for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, specializing in health care financing, abortion, welfare, and disability issues. Later she covered health reform for the Medical News Network, an interactive daily television news service for physicians, and provided analysis and commentary on the health reform debates in Congress for NPR. She has been a regular contributor to the British medical journal The Lancet. Her columns on patients' rights for the magazine Business and Health won her a share of the 1999 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.

An honors graduate, Rovner has a degree in political science from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:01 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats

Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is one of many lawmakers who opposes the the new Independent Payment Advisory Board.
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One thing both Democrats and Republicans agree on is that they can't solve the deficit problem without slowing the growth of the massive Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.

But here's an irony. Republicans and a growing number of Democrats also seem to agree that they don't like the one aspect of last year's Affordable Care Act that actually would effectively reduce Medicare spending.

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Health Care
12:01 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Medicaid Makes 'Big Difference' In Lives, Study Finds

As high-level budget talks drag on in Washington, the Medicaid program for the poor remains a prime candidate for cuts. In recent months, Republicans have criticized Medicaid for badly serving its target population. But a new study — the first of its kind in nearly four decades — finds that Medicaid is making a bigger impact than even some of its supporters may have realized.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:56 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Health Insurance Brokers Win A Round

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Score one for the health insurance brokers in their fight to avoid going the way of buggy-whip manufacturers.

A task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted Thursday to endorse legislation that would effectively spare their commissions from being counted as administrative costs.

And consumer groups aren't happy about it.

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Health Care
6:17 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

How Much Do States Really Spend On Medicaid?

Residents listen during a public hearing on Florida's new Medicaid overhaul, in Miami Gardens, Fla., on June 16. The overhaul, championed by Gov. Rick Scott as an attempt to save the state money, still needs federal approval.
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July 1 is traditionally the day many new state laws take effect. This year it's also the day the spigot officially turns off for $90 billion that Washington has been funneling to the states since 2009 to help them cope with the ballooning costs of the Medicaid program for the poor.

You don't have to look very far to find a governor complaining about the high cost of Medicaid or what it's doing to his or her state's budget.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:00 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Health Overhaul Law

The first of three U.S. Appeals courts has now weighed in on the constitutionality of law year's health overhaul, and the news couldn't have been much better for backers of the Affordable Care Act.

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