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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

Health policy experts weigh in on ACA alternatives

kennedyschoolWe got a last-minute notice about an event tonight (livestream available) at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School that may be of interest to AHCJ members.

Congress seems stuck on ACA alternatives – but what do some of the top academic minds think the next step in national health reform should be? Continue reading

Time to look at the potential impact of ACA repeal on mental health care

Photo: mattwalker69 via Flickr

Photo: mattwalker69 via Flickr

Sarah Ferris has written a new tip sheet for AHCJ members that provides ideas on exploring how partial or complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act could reduce access to mental health care for millions of people.

This comes at a time when the country is grappling with an opioid addiction crisis and scores of people are without adequate access to behavioral health care. Continue reading

Academic experts offer views on HHS nominee Price

Joyce Frieden

Joyce Frieden

We posted a long item about Tom Price’s biography, and an overview of some of the issues that may come up during his confirmation as HHS secretary.

Joyce Frieden, news editor of MedPage Today, did a series of interviews with top academic health policy experts about what Price brings to the table, and we asked her to sum up the high points for you here, including some aspects that directly affect physicians and payment reform. Continue reading

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