Category Archives: Health care reform

What doctors really think about ACA and the role their politics play

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 healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org.

thumbs-up-and-downWe have reams of data showing that people’s views of the Affordable Care Act largely align with their political view – Republicans hate it, Democrats like it (but by and large don’t love it.) That’s been a consistent finding in national polls and it’s particularly clear in the monthly Kaiser Family Foundation tracking polls.

What about doctors? Are their personal politics also coloring their view of the law passed six years ago? Apparently – yes, at least among primary care doctors and nurse practitioners. Continue reading

Financial services journalist provides pointers on connecting the dots in the co-op failure story

Joseph Burns

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Jack Zalium via Flickr

Don’t take my word for it. Check out what others have said about Adam Cancryn’s coverage of the growing number of failures among the health insurance co-ops.

In a piece for the Columbia Journalism Review, Trudy Lieberman wrote “Adam Cancryn’s Nov. 11 article for SNL Financial on America’s incredible shrinking insurance co-ops is the story I’ve been waiting for someone to write: the best account to date of why, and how, the insurance co-op experiment is failing,” Lieberman wrote, adding that it’s “one of the best Obamacare stories I’ve seen since the debate on the law began.” Continue reading

What’s behind dramatic differences in Medicare Advantage, ACA enrollments?

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 healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org.

money-and-medicineMedicare Advantage enrollment is soaring, defying expectations after $150 billion in spending cuts over a decade that were part of the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office expected about a 30 percent falloff – but enrollment has risen by 50 percent to more than 17 million people.

The ACA exchange enrollment is way under expectations. About 12.7 million people signed up this year – and not all will pay their premiums and stay enrolled. The CBO had forecast 21 million for this year. Continue reading

Just how “narrow” are the ACA networks – and how much do the insured care?

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 healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Guy Moll via Flickr

Photo: Guy Moll via Flickr

We all hear stories (and perhaps have personal experience) of people having trouble accessing one of their regular physicians or having trouble getting a desired specialist because of “narrow networks” that offer a more limited choice of doctors and hospitals.

In some states, such as Texas, there has been a significant shift in the individual market to narrow network plans, and away from preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and similar networks providing broader choice and more out of network options. Continue reading

Now that 20 million Americans gained coverage under ACA, is it possible to lower the uninsured rate further?

Joseph Burns

About Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at joseph@healthjournalism.org.

In Milwaukee on Thursday, President Obama reported that, under the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans who were previously uninsured gained health insurance coverage.

This number is a new high for the ACA, and is well above the previous estimate of 17.6 million previously uninsured Americans who gained coverage under the ACA as of September 2015. Last summer and fall, we covered how the federal government was reporting historically low rates of uninsured Americans. Continue reading