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Joanne Kenen

About Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curates related material at She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at

What to know about Tom Price before his HHS confirmation hearings

Tom Price

Tom Price

Expect tough questioning from Senate Democrats when Congressman Tom Price appears before two of their committees in his bid to become the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

His confirmation journey continues Jan. 18 with a hearing before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee. Then it’s on to the Senate Finance Committee (no date set as of this writing, but it’s expected to come after Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration). Continue reading

Repeal and reconciliation: Understand bewildering D.C. budget lingo, process

us-capitolWe all understand what “repeal” means. But what does a nice-sounding word like “reconciliation” have to do with unraveling the Affordable Care Act?

The repeal process is underway – the Republican-controlled Congress got to work even before President-elect Donald Trump took office. Continue reading

What many Trump supporters believe about the promised elimination of the ACA

Photo: Matt Johnson via Flickr

Photo: Matt Johnson via Flickr

Many people who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act voted for Donald Trump, even though he promised to get rid of it and has not been crystal clear about what he would put in its place.

Sarah Kliff of Vox traveled to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why. In that county, the uninsured rate dropped by 60 percent (from 25 percent in 2013 to 10 percent now, according to Enroll America). Yet, 82 percent of them voted for Trump. Continue reading

ACA rollback likely to imperil Medicaid expansion

Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Family Foundation

The New York Times Magazine’s recent feature, “Life in Obamacare’s dead zone,” looked at the Medicaid gap we’ve frequently written about since the Supreme Court in 2012 made the ACA expansion optional for states.

The article describes how people who fall into the bizarre coverage gap – in which they are too poor to get subsidized coverage that people just a few slim rungs up the income ladder can get – cobble together care, or just do without, often with pretty grim consequences. Continue reading

Trump’s nominee to lead HHS wrote conservative ACA replacement plan

Tom Price

Tom Price

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Dr. Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia who has served in the House for six terms, to serve as his secretary of Health and Human Services.

That’s a signal that the Trump administration is going to pursue a very conservative health policy agenda – and not just on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading