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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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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 ...

Obama's HHS Pick Advances With Republican Support

June 4, 2014 Obamacare is about to have a new ringleader, and she has both parties' approval. In a procedural vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate voted 67-28 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Department of Health and Human Services—all but ...

Congress Wants Obamacare Exemption To Help Boost Veteran Employment

May 12, 2014 The Senate plans to take up legislation this week to tweak the Affordable Care Act's much-delayed employer mandate for veterans. The Hire More Heroes Act of 2014 would allow employers to leave veterans out of the 50-count threshold for the employer-mandate requirement, as long as the veterans already have health ...

Congress Plans Obamacare Exemption to Boost Veteran Employment

May 12, 2014 The Senate plans to take up legislation this week to tweak the Affordable Care Act's much-delayed employer mandate for veterans. The Hire More Heroes Act of 2014 would allow employers to leave veterans out of the 50-count threshold for the employer-mandate requirement, as long as the veterans already have health ...

State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cost Far More Than the Federal Marketplace

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hawaii spent $920 to enroll each new Obamacare consumer, while Florida spent only $16. New data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation details the amount spent on consumer assistance for the Affordable Care Act in each state, and like overall enrollment numbers, the state totals vary a huge amount. Consumer-assistance ...