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Julie Rovner KFF Gesundheitsnachrichten @jrovner

Julie Rovner is the Chief Correspondent in Washington and host of KFF Health News‘ weekly health policy news podcast „What the Health?“. Julie is a renowned expert on health policy issues and author of the critically acclaimed reference book „Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z,“ now in its third edition.

The Affordable Care Act was enacted 14 years ago this week, and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra joined Julie Rovner of KFF Health News on this week’s episode of „What the Health?“ podcast to discuss its past successes and ongoing challenges facing healthcare law.

Meanwhile, Congress seems to be on track to finally complete the 2024 budget bills, including funding for HHS, without many of the reproductive or gender-specific health restrictions sought by Republicans.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner from KFF Health News, Mary Agnes Carey from KFF Health News, Tami Luhby from CNN, and Alice Miranda Ollstein from Politico.


Insights from this week’s episode:

  • The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week in a case that could determine whether the abortion pill Mifepristone remains easily accessible. The case is more about national restrictions than a complete ban. However, depending on the Court’s decision, it could have wide-ranging consequences—such as preventing people from receiving the pills by mail and restricting the use of the treatment into later stages of pregnancy.
  • The case is about more than just abortion. Pharmaceutical companies and medical groups are concerned that it may set a precedent for courts replacing FDA judgments on drug approvals.
  • Several states have ballot measures related to abortion in play, with the overall number ultimately depending on the success of citizen efforts to gather signatures for placement. Such efforts face resistance from anti-abortion groups and elected officials who do not want the questions on the ballot. Their fear, based on precedents, is that abortion protections could be overridden.
  • This week, the Biden administration issued an executive order to enhance women’s health research across the federal government. It includes several components aiming to intensify research on post-menopausal women’s diseases and conditions. It also aims to increase the number of women participating in clinical trials.
  • This week in medical misinformation: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Murthy v. Missouri. It questions whether officials in the Biden administration exceeded their authority when they asked companies like Meta, Google, and X to remove or downgrade content labeled as Covid-19 misinformation.

And as an „extra credit,“ the panelists also recommend health policy stories they read this week and think you should read too:

Julie Rovner: „Arizona Lawmaker Shares Abortion Story to Show ‚Reality‘ of Restrictions“ by Praveena Somasundaram in the Washington Post. (Full speech here)

Alice Miranda Ollstein: CNN’s „Why Your Doctor’s Office Is Spamming You with Appointment Reminders“ by Nathaniel Meyersohn.

Tami Luhby: KFF Health News: „Georgia’s Medicaid Work Requirement Cost Taxpayers Millions Despite Low Enrollment“ by Andy Miller and Renuka Rayasam.

Mary Agnes Carey: „When Medicaid Comes After the Family Home“ by Paula Span in the New York Times and „State Medicaid Offices Target Dead Family Homes to Recapture Health Costs“ by Amanda Seitz.

Also mentioned in this week’s podcast:


  • Francis Ying Audio Producer
  • Stephanie Stapleton Editor

Kaiser Health NewsThis article was republished from khn.org, a national newsroom producing in-depth journalism on health topics and one of the core operating programs at KFF—an independent source for health policy research, polling, and journalism.

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