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Sophie Novack

Sophie Novack is a health care reporter at National Journal. She was previously a Fellow for National Journal's Presentation Center, creating data visualizations and graphical representations of news. Sophie is originally from New York City, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Creative Writing and International Studies.
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HealthCare.gov Still Glitchy for Medicaid Enrollees

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technology behind a huge part of Obamacare's efforts to expand insurance coverage—the part aimed at low-income Americans—remains far from fixed, and the glitches are keeping some of the nation's most vulnerable patients from getting insured. The administration launched a "tech surge" to improve the HealthCare.gov experience for those shopping ...

How Google and the Feds Are Trying to Protect Your Drug Supply

March 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The upside of online shopping is that it puts the Internet's full selection at your fingertips. The downside is that it's harder to know exactly what you're buying. When it comes to buying medicine, that downside can be deadly. Illegal online pharmacies are a particularly dangerous and elusive sector of ...

Who Owns Weather, the Feds or the States?

February 25, 2014 Who is ultimately responsible for disaster relief? For the governors tasked with holding their states together amid natural disasters, the debate over emergency response is not a partisan struggle—it's about striking the right balance between federal and local responsibility. "There is no such thing as a Republican or Democratic response ...

Obamacare Enrollment Company Fumbles Client Data

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a slipup to stoke Republicans' Obamacare security concerns, Enroll Alaska accidentally released email addresses of about 300 clients Monday afternoon. An employee forgot to hide the recipient list when sending out a mass email regarding a glitch with the HealthCare.gov, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Enroll Alaska is ...

Where Obamacare Is and Isn't Working and Why

February 3, 2014 For Obamacare, the distance between success and failure is as short as a step across state lines. Two months before the close of the Obamacare open-enrollment period, exchanges in some states are picking up high portions of eligible members, according to new analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. But ...

Fighting the Next Obamacare Tech Fail

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A head has rolled, but the body remains broken. In terminating CGI Federal's role in HealthCare.gov, President Obama finally "fired" one of the parties responsible for Obamacare's faulty website. That may appease the chorus of those calling on Obama to hold someone "accountable," but it does nothing to fix the ...

The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing: Human Organs

December 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are embarking on a project that is so overloaded with sci-fiesque elements that if it were a movie, you might question the screenwriter's credibility. The "body on a chip" project will use 3-D printing—or bioprinting—technology to create mini human-organ systems about the size ...

Are We Sequestering Ourselves to Death?

December 17, 2013 Congress's year-end budget deal would blunt spending cuts scheduled to hit the federal government's premier medical research board, but that's cold comfort to advocates who insist the sequester spending cuts are already putting the public in peril. The National Institutes of Health was on track for an additional 2 percent ...

White House Extends Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration pushed back another Obamacare deadline Friday, giving consumers an extra week to sign up for coverage that begins on Jan. 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that the sign-up date for coverage to begin Jan. 1 will be moved from Dec. 15 to ...

More Early Warning Signs of Obamacare Site Issues

November 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Another document released by House investigators shows early warning signs of HealthCare.gov's readiness in jeopardy. A McKinsey & Co. report from late March said that progress on the Obamacare enrollment website was falling behind and at risk of failure unless immediate actions were taken, The New York Times reports. The ...