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Rachel Roubein

Rachel Roubein Rachel Roubein is a Staff Correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously covered health and human services at Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, where she won awards for her Affordable Care Act coverage and state government, health and investigative reporting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in journalism and minors in Spanish and international development and conflict management. She hails from the South/Midwest.
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How Democrats Would Change Obamacare

April 22, 2016 With the GOP in con­trol of both cham­bers of Con­gress, Demo­crats have spent the lat­ter part of Pres­id­ent Obama’s time in of­fice fight­ing to pre­serve his sig­na­ture policy achieve­ment—the Af­ford­able Care Act. But with Demo­crats now po­ten­tially in po­s­i­tion to both keep the White House and cap­ture the Sen­ate in...

States Look to Avoid Federal Obamacare Payments

January 26, 2016 The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is poised to start mak­ing state-based ex­changes pay for us­ing Health­Care.gov’s tech­no­logy, and that has some states mulling the pos­sib­il­ity of shar­ing ser­vices with oth­ers to con­trol costs. The Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices pro­posed a rule last year re­quir­ing that cer­tain states es­sen­tially “lease”Health­Care.gov through...

The Biggest Health-Care Winners in the Omnibus Deal

December 16, 2015 The $1.1 tril­lion spend­ing bill and tax ex­tenders pack­age un­veiled Tues­day and early Wed­nes­day morn­ing is the fi­nale to weeks of lob­by­ing and spec­u­la­tion on a host of is­sues—par­tic­u­larly health care. There are some big win­ners in the year-end bills, in­clud­ing 9/11 first re­spon­ders and sur­viv­ors, Ca­dillac tax op­pon­ents and...

Labor Department Chief Lays Out the Promise (and Problem) With Apprenticeships

November 3, 2015 Ap­pren­tice­ships are a path to prosper­ity, and they could be much more so if people would drop their pre­con­ceived no­tions about them, Labor Sec­ret­ary Thomas Perez said Tues­day. Perez high­lighted a wo­man he met in Los Angeles: She bounced around jobs, struggled to find a ca­reer path, un­til she landed...

Obamacare Enrollment Is About to Open Again, and Not Many Know It

October 30, 2015 Only about 15 per­cent of un­in­sured Amer­ic­ans—and 17 per­cent of the gen­er­al pub­lic—know when open en­roll­ment be­gins, des­pite health in­sur­ance mar­ket­places kick­ing off the third open sea­son this Sunday, ac­cord­ing to the Oc­to­ber Kais­er Health Track­ing Poll. Earli­er this month, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment an­nounced that it an­ti­cip­ated...

HHS: Ten Million Will Be on Obamacare Exchanges by Next Year

October 15, 2015 Ten mil­lion Amer­ic­ans will likely have cov­er­age through an in­sur­ance mar­ket­place and be pay­ing their premi­ums by the end of 2016, ac­cord­ing to the latest pre­dic­tion from the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment. Nearly 10.5 mil­lion un­in­sured Amer­ic­ans are likely to qual­i­fy for mar­ket­place plans, and the de­part­ment es­tim­ates that...

Senators Look to Change Federal Rules for Electronic Health Records

October 7, 2015 A bi­par­tis­an pair of sen­at­ors Tues­day in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords’ trans­par­ency and ac­count­ab­il­ity. Since the spring, Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers have been dis­sect­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords, un­earth­ing a lit­any of prob­lems with this in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy. And in the middle of one such...

Senators Aim to Revamp Federal Rules for Electronic Medical Charts

October 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bi­par­tis­an pair of sen­at­ors Tues­day in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords’ trans­par­ency and ac­count­ab­il­ity. Since the spring, Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers have been dis­sect­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords, un­earth­ing a lit­any of prob­lems with this in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy. And in the middle of one such...

Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Welcome Pope’s Visit—With a Strike

September 23, 2015 ­Facing the Cap­it­ol, the work­ers knelt in pray­er. Heads bowed, arms out­stretched, they prayed for Pope Fran­cis’s mes­sage of eco­nom­ic justice to res­on­ate at one of the cent­ral points of Amer­ica’s polit­ic­al power. They held a fake pope­mo­bile plastered with Fran­cis’s pic­ture, quotes from the pontiff, and a mes­sage to...

It Will Take 30 Agencies to Protect the Pope During His Visit

September 22, 2015 Thou­sands lined the streets as Pope John Paul II rode in the pope­mo­bile to the cheers of an en­thu­si­ast­ic Miami crowd in 1987. Dressed in plain clothes and in the thick of the masses, then-Secret Ser­vice Spe­cial Agent Cheryl Tyler worked the crowd, scan­ning the area, ana­lyz­ing pos­sible threats. The...

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