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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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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...

Oregon's Health Care Website Is Worse Than HealthCare.gov

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Oregon is set to become the first state to switch over to the federal Obamacare exchange. The state exchange, Cover Oregon, has been such a failure that moving to the once broken HealthCare.gov seems preferable to trying to salvage its system. An advisory panel recommended the decision Thursday. An exchange...

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...