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Sophie Novack

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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How Governors Could Become America's Health Care Czars

August 12, 2014 Courts have put more and more power in the hands of states to run health care coverage—and not in the way the Affordable Care Act intended. The health care law assumed that all states would expand Medicaid and establish state-based exchanges. But a 2012 Supreme Court decision made it easier ...

Four Reasons Why This Ebola Outbreak Is Different

August 8, 2014 West Africa is currently in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, and it's only getting worse. Nearly 1,000 people have died and more than 1,700 have been infected by the deadly virus since the outbreak began in March, according to the latest data from the World Health ...

Federal Judge Equates Gun Rights to Abortion Rights in Alabama Decision

August 5, 2014 A federal judge ruled Alabama's abortion law unconstitutional Monday, freezing restrictions that would have closed three of the state's five abortion clinics. The law, passed in 2013, would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, a restriction that U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson deemed an ...

How Massachusetts Is Fighting the Supreme Court's Abortion Ruling

July 30, 2014 Massachusetts is not letting a Supreme Court decision get in the way of what the state sees as necessary protections for abortion clinics. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill into law Wednesday that aims to protect patients at reproductive health centers from potentially dangerous anti-abortion protesters. The legislation comes ...

Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open

July 29, 2014 A federal Appeals Court has struck down a Mississippi law that would have shuttered the state's only abortion clinic. In a 2-1 decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled unconstitutional a 2012 law requiring physicians performing more than 10 abortions a ...

One State Is Being Sued Over Obamacare Politics

July 23, 2014 Tennessee is being sued for depriving eligible residents of Medicaid coverage. The changes to the state's Medicaid program, TennCare, following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in thousands of individuals being blocked from coverage they are entitled to, according to alawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District ...

GAO Launched an Obamacare Sting Operation—and Almost All Fake Insurance Applications Were Approved

July 23, 2014 An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law's enrollment system. Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation ...

A Court Ruling Just Blew A Huge Hole In Obamacare

July 22, 2014 Obamacare was just dealt a major loss in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday that more than half the country shouldn't be receiving tax subsidies under Obamacare -- a ruling that could cripple the health care law if it's ultimately upheld. The 2-1 decision ...

Abortion Funding for Peace Corps' Volunteers Advances With Republican Support

June 24, 2014 Congress has repeatedly blocked federal funding for abortions for Peace Corps members, even in the event of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Until now. For the first time, the Senate and House Appropriations Committees have both approved bills that lift the ban on abortion funding for volunteers in the above ...

New Obamacare Chief Confirmed With Republican Support

June 5, 2014 The changing of the guard at the Health and Human Services Department has finished with little to no fireworks. The Senate voted 78-17 Thursday afternoon to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next HHS secretary. The final vote followed a procedural vote to end debate on her nomination Wednesday, which ...