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Clara Ritger

Clara Ritger Clara Ritger is a health care reporter for National Journal. Her multimedia and written work has appeared in outlets across the country including USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Indianapolis Star and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and film, television and theatre.
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President Obama Officially Nominates Budget Chief as Next HHS Secretary

April 11, 2014 President Obama took another health care victory lap Friday while announcing the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Obama praised Sebelius in a Rose Garden address, as he formally nominated budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next HHS secretary. Sebelius led HHS through the implementation ...

Does the Military Have Enough Psychiatrists?

April 10, 2014 Twelve consecutive years of war have turned soldiers into the subjects of an unintended experiment in the impact of prolonged conflict on the human psyche. And the results are still out, according to Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho, who testified Wednesday at a congressional hearing. "I worry about the long-term ...

The Psychological Toll of 12 Years of War

April 10, 2014 Twelve consecutive years of war have turned soldiers into the subjects of an unintended experiment in the impact of prolonged conflict on the human psyche. And the results are still out, according to Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho, who testified Wednesday at a congressional hearing. "I worry about the long-term ...

HealthCare.gov Bugs and 16 Other Ways to Qualify for an Obamacare Extension

March 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The deadline to enroll in Obamacare is March 31--unless you're in the hospital. Or there's a natural disaster near you. Or you experienced basically any problem with HealthCare.gov. Late Tuesday night, the Obama administration announced that it was giving some consumers more time to sign up for health insurance. While ...

Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extended for HealthCare.gov Victims

March 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration announced late Tuesday that consumers who say they tried to sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange before March 31 will be able to get coverage past the deadline. The new guidelines were first reported by The Washington Post, which added that consumers will have ...

How Twitter Tracks the Flu

March 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New research suggests Twitter—the social-media site best known for spot news and cat GIFs—can also be used to pinpoint flu outbreaks. A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University found that tweets are an accurate predictor of where cases of the flu are highly concentrated. Because ...

Two States Want to Extend Obamacare Deadline Because of Glitchy Websites

March 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At least two states are requesting a longer Obamacare enrollment period--and they might get it. The Obama administration has been very clear that the enrollment deadline for health insurance purchased on the exchanges is March 31, and that it doesn't think it has the authority to extend it. But because ...

Obamacare Hits 5 Million Enrollees

March 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With two weeks to go until the end of open enrollment, the Health and Human Services Department announced that a "weekend wave" sent the total enrollment number over 5 million. That means some 800,000 Americans have signed up for coverage in the past two weeks, given that February ended with ...

CBO: Republican Plan to Delay Obamacare's Individual Mandate Would Save $31 Billion

March 12, 2014 The Republican plan to delay Obamacare's individual mandate in order to pay for a fix to a broken Medicare payment system would save the government $31 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The delay would also result in 13 million fewer people having health insurance by 2018, CBO said. ...

Wikipedia Is a Massively Popular (Yet Untested) Doctor

February 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wikipedia says that fewer than 1 percent of its medical articles have been peer-reviewed, but that doesn't stop the pages from grabbing more than 180 million views per month. Now the website is working to change that. Enter the WikiProject Med Foundation—a nonprofit group working to develop free medical content ...