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.

Additionally, Rovner is a contributing editor for National Journal Daily, a publication covering Capitol Hill.

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.



Thu June 30, 2011
Health Care

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.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

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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Wed June 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

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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Fri June 24, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

AMA Speaks Up On Comparative Effectiveness

My, how they've changed.

Not all that long ago, doctors seemed pretty much united by their antipathy toward being told by outsiders how to practice medicine — particularly by the government.

That bond helped fuel the American Medical Association's bitter opposition to several efforts to overhaul the U.S. health care system in the 1930s and 1940s and to the original effort to pass Medicare in the 1960s.

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Thu June 23, 2011

GOP Hopefuls Divided Over Anti-Abortion Pledge

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Aurora, Colorado on June 20. Romney is one of two presidential hopefuls who has not signed a hard-line anti-abortion pledge.
John Moore Getty Images

For the first time in memory, every Republican candidate running for president in 2012 proclaims him or herself to be anti-abortion. But just how anti-abortion are they?

Marjorie Dannenfelser wanted to find out. So Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List — a group founded to elect anti-abortion candidates — created "The Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge," and asked every Republican presidential candidate to sign it.

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Mon June 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

McKinsey Stands By Contested Health Insurance Survey

"We stand by the integrity and methodology of the survey," McKinsey says.
Michael McCloskey iStockphoto.com

Under fire from Democrats in Congress, consulting firm McKinsey and Company today released its methodology for a controversial survey that found as many as 30 percent of employers might drop health insurance after the new health law takes effect in 2014. But the hot water McKinsey's in doesn't seem to be cooling off.

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