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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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...

Obama Team Launches Global Partnership Aimed at Battling Pandemics

February 13, 2014 The U.S. is launching a worldwide effort to prevent, detect, and respond to the outbreak of infectious diseases. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, to announce the Global Health Security Agenda, an effort of 26 nations and...

Republicans to Open 2014 with Obamacare Data Theft Bill

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans will start the year with legislation aimed at security requirements for Obamacare's health insurance exchanges. The House next week will consider legislation that would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to notify consumers whenever a security breach occurs, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday in...

Obamacare Deadline Extended Until Christmas Eve

December 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The deadline to sign up for health insurance with coverage beginning Jan. 1 has been extended to Dec. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Consumers originally had until Dec. 23 at 11:59 EST to sign up. Health and Human Services Department officials said they made the change in the system...

Insurers Heed White House Plea for Premium Leniency in Wake of Failures

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Insurance companies are giving consumers until Jan. 10 to pay premiums for health coverage that begins Jan. 1, according to a national trade association representing insurers. America's Health Insurance Plans announced Wednesday that consumers who select plans by Dec. 23 on the Affordable Care Act's federal and state exchanges will...

HHS Asks Insurers for Leniency in Obamacare’s Opening Months

December 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is "strongly encouraging" insurance companies to cut consumers a break during the first few months of Obamacare coverage. The Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday it would require insurance companies to accept premium payments through Dec. 31 for Jan. 1 coverage. The department is also pressuring...

Obamacare Enrollment Is Surging

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Roughly 29,000 people signed up for health insurance through on Sunday and Monday, a source familiar with the enrollment numbers confirmed. The figures are the strongest indication yet that the repair effort is working--and that's a big piece of good news for the health care law overall. After...

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