Video shares tips for using data to cover health reform

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Yesterday, Joanne Kenen shared a guide on using data to cover the Affordable Care Act as well as Charles Ornstein’s Storified account of the recent meeting of AHCJ’s New York City chapter.

Today we have the video of that event, where Katherine Hempstead, Ph.D., of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discussed the highlights of six databases on the health reform law.

The databases can answer many questions, such as whether consumers are having trouble paying their sky-high deductibles or whether waiting lines are growing at doctors’ offices. Want to know how your state exchange differs from others? This data can help. Hempstead also offers ideas for stories that can be mined from the data no matter your technical abilities.

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