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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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Obamacare Nears Enrollment Coverage Goal

January 28, 2015 At least 9.5 million people nationwide have enrolled in Obamacare coverage, with one month left in open enrollment, the federal government said Tuesday. The total includes new sign-ups and renewals of 2014 coverage, as of Jan. 16. It is the first full picture of insurance exchange sign-ups for 2015, including...

Nearly Half a Million People Enrolled in Obamacare Coverage in the First Week

November 26, 2014 More than 462,000 people selected a health plan on HealthCare.gov in the first week of open enrollment, the Health and Human Services Department announced Wednesday. The number is a significant improvement from last year, when the federal enrollment website was essentially nonfunctional at launch. During the first two months of...

Why It's Too Early to Forget About Ebola

November 17, 2014 Americans are googling Taylor Swift more than they're googling Ebola. The panic that gripped the country following four diagnoses of the virus in the United States seems to have faded into a collective amnesia following a three-week period with no new Ebola cases. But the out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach ignores the...

Is Ebola Funding One Thing the White House and Congress Can Agree On?

November 7, 2014 Tensions are high between the White House and Congress following Tuesday's elections, but the Obama administration is confident it's found one area where Democrats and Republicans can still work together: fighting Ebola. In a huge scale-up in funding requests, the administration is asking Congress for $6.18 billion in emergency funding...

Is Your State Quarantining Ebola Doctors?

October 31, 2014 As doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals return to the U.S. from fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, they're facing a messy and inconsistent patchwork of rules about where they can go and what they can do. Some health care workers will be placed in a tightly controlled...

Report: Many of America's Ebola-Preparedness Supplies Have Expired

October 24, 2014 Eighty-four percent of the hand sanitizer the Homeland Security Department has in stock in the event of an Ebola outbreak is expired, according to a government audit. An August 2014 report from the department's inspector general found that DHS did not adequately assess its need for pandemic preparedness supplies. The...

Why the New Ebola Airport Screenings Won't Work

October 21, 2014 The Homeland Security Department announced new travel restrictions for travelers from Ebola-stricken countries Tuesday, but the measures will likely do little to keep the virus out of the United States. All passengers traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will now have to come into the U.S. through five major...

Ebola Patient Has Died During a Crucial Week for Dallas

October 8, 2014 The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Wednesday. The news of Thomas Eric Duncan's passing comes as those he came into contact with enter a critical period this week in determining whether they have also contracted the deadly...

White House to America: Calm Down About a Domestic Ebola Outbreak

October 6, 2014 The Obama administration has a message to Americans freaking out about Ebola: Stop. A confirmed case of the disease in Dallas, as well as the hospitalization of two patients for Ebola-like symptoms in the Washington area, has set the public on edge and sparked fears of an outbreak on U.S....

Patient Treated for Ebola-Like Symptoms in Washington

October 3, 2014 A patient is currently being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at Howard University Hospital, in Washington. "We can confirm that a patient ​has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola," University spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton wrote...

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