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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

Getting from Obamacare to Trumpcare

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Photo: Matt Johnson via Flickr

A few quick thoughts on health reform and the election — we’ll be coming back to this, of course, as we learn more (and get more sleep!)

Republicans can’t just repeal the entire Affordable Care Act. Democrats will still have enough votes to filibuster – and they will.

That doesn’t mean President-elect Trump and the GOP majority can’t unravel a great deal of the law. They can – and that’s one reason Families USA and other advocacy groups went into emergency mode to figure out how to defend it. Continue reading

Need help navigating the current health care premium controversy?

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Buying health insurance – or understanding what our plans cover and how much we have to pay – isn’t easy. Moreover, the people we interview about their health plans and ACA shopping experiences can be just as confused as everyone else. Headlines about the health law and affordability and limited choices can confuse people, or make them assume their own costs are going up – which may not be true. Several million people who are eligible for ACA subsidies still aren’t getting them – and many don’t realize they may be eligible for financial assistance. Continue reading

‘Young Invincibles’ create a headache for ACA enrollment goals

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Photo: Sam Antonio Photography via Flickr

The “Young Invincibles” are back in the news.

The Obama administration expected – and needed – large numbers of younger and healthier people to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act to have a sustainable risk pool. However, it hasn’t happened, at least not in the numbers needed. Continue reading

Hospitals use algorithms to transform bad debt into charity care

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Photo: Andrew Magill via Flickr

Bad debt? Or charity care? Sean Hamill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently wrote an interesting story about how hospitals increasingly are re-categorizing the health care bills of low-income patients in a fashion that may be helping the hospital more than the patient.

Some angles in this story are especially timely as the 2017 Affordable Care Act enrollment season is about to begin. Continue reading