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Senate Medicare Plan Receives Mixed Reviews

A Senate panel will unveil the details of a bipartisan plan that provides prescription drug coverage to Medicare recipients and calls for the creation of new private health plans. Supporters say the new plans will provide better and more cost-effective health care, but critics say Congress should find ways to add new benefits to the traditional Medicare program instead. Hear NPR's Julie Rovner.

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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.