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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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First Case of Ebola Has Been Diagnosed in the United States

September 30, 2014 Americans' long-standing Ebola fear has been realized. The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, said at a press briefing that the patient had no symptoms when he arrived ...

Why This Tech Giant is Impressed with the International Ebola Response

September 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bill Gates has a rare optimistic view of the global response to the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa. "I think it is quite impressive what's being pulled together," Gates said of international efforts to fight the epidemic. "I do think we can get it under control." The remarks from ...

Obama: Stopping Ebola 'Must Be a Priority for the World'

September 25, 2014 The world must do more to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama said Thursday at a United Nations meeting on the crisis. Governments and aid organizations have woken up to the gravity of the situation in recent weeks, and the international response has quickened. But it's not ...

More Than 100,000 Enrollees Are Likely to Lose Obamacare Coverage

September 16, 2014 More than 100,000 Obamacare enrollees are set to lose their new insurance coverage at the end of the month because they have not verified their legal status in the United States. There are currently about 115,000 individuals who signed up on the federal marketplace but have not provided paperwork to ...

U.S. Sending 3,000 Troops to Help Fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 Up to 3,000 U.S. military personnel will be dispatched to West Africa to help battle the raging Ebola crisis. President Obama is expected to make the announcement Tuesday as part of a seriously ramped-up plan to combat the Ebola outbreak that has hit Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea the hardest, ...

US Could Send As Many As 3,000 Troops to Africa To Fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 Up to 3,000 U.S. military personnel will be dispatched to West Africa to help battle the raging Ebola crisis. President Obama is expected to make the announcement Tuesday as part of a seriously ramped-up plan to combat the Ebola outbreak that has hit Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea the hardest, ...

What's Needed to Make the Ebola Relief Effort Work?

September 11, 2014 Just about everyone agrees that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is out of control, but no one wants to take responsibility for controlling it. Nearly 4,300 cases have been reported in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone since March, with 2,288 deaths, according to the latest estimates from the World ...

Obamacare Subsidies Are Going Back to Court

September 4, 2014 The future of Obamacare subsidies in 36 states will be reconsidered in court—this time in a situation more favorable for the White House. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced Thursday that it will reconsider a three-judge panel's July decision eliminating insurance subsidies for coverage ...

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 ...