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Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

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

New AHCJ board to be seated July 1

Marlene Harris-Taylor

Marlene Harris-Taylor, a reporter and producer for WVIZ/PBS Ideastream, will join the board of directors for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She and incumbents Jeanne Erdmann, a Missouri-based freelancer; Felice Freyer, The Boston Globe; Gideon Gil, Stat; Maryn McKenna, an Atlanta-based freelancer; and Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer; will start two-year terms on July 1.

The six join the board members elected in last year’s voting: Julie Appleby, M.P.H., of Kaiser Health News; Scott Hensley, of NPR; Tony Leys, of the Des Moines Register; Ivan Oransky, M.D., of New York University and Retraction Watch; Sabriya Rice, of The Dallas Morning News; and Charlotte Sutton, of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Read more about Harris-Taylor and AHCJ.

CBO: Health bill would leave 23 million more uninsured

The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the latest version of the American Health Care Act on Wednesday. There is a lot of uncertainty in implementation of the bill and what decisions each state would make so, of course, these are just estimates. But we’ve collected some of the coverage and statements about the CBO score to help our readers make sense of the key points. Continue reading

Helmsley Charitable Trust backs better health journalism with $1.3 million grant

The Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the educational arm of the Association of Health Care Journalists, has been awarded a grant of nearly $1.3 million to provide educational opportunities and resources for journalists on health care issues that result in more knowledgeable reporters and better, more trustworthy, stories for the public.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust made the three-year grant of $1,291,452 to the Missouri-based center to boost the competency of the U.S. health journalist corps and to increase the number of other journalists capable of tackling stories that serve the general public in producing accurate and actionable information.

“We continue to see a hunger within the journalism world for focused career development, topical education and skills training that will lead to stronger stories and meaningful impact,” said Len Bruzzese, executive director of AHCJ. “The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s continued generous support recognizes how important it is to reward that desire to be better, to make a difference – now more than ever.”

The funding will support work in three general areas: conferences/workshops, fellowship programs and web resources.

Read more about the specific projects that will be supported.

GOP health care bill passes House but there’s more to the story

Photo by Sean Stayte via flickr.

While the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to finally “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, the story is far from over. (By the way, this bill actually doesn’t repeal anything.)

The measure got through the House with a 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and 20 mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no.

The bill goes to the Senate, where legislators are already saying changes will be necessary – changes will mean that both houses will need to resolve differences before the bill heads to President Trump’s desk. Continue reading

Despite ‘repeal and replace’ vow, Republicans pull health care bill before vote

Paul Ryan

Obamacare is the law of the land. … We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” – Paul Ryan

That was the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives after pulling the GOP health care bill from consideration because it was clear there weren’t enough votes to pass it.

The Associated Press sums up the range of emotion after the decision was announced: After health care bill’s withdrawal, elation and anger. It also points out the “winners, losers and a few in between.”
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