AHCJ wants your ideas – for Health Journalism 2018. The conference is set for April 12-15 in Phoenix.
We want to make sure you have the chance to submit your ideas for the conference. We’re looking for general topic ideas, specific panel thoughts, workshops and potential speakers.
Click here to go to the conference page, then choose the link in the “Call for ideas” section. Please be sure to get your ideas in before the deadline: Oct. 1. Continue reading
Amid the ongoing debate over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, another landmark federal health care program faces an uncertain future.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides medical and dental coverage to nearly nine million children of the working poor, marked its 20th anniversary in August. But funding for CHIP runs out on Sept. 30, and unless a divided and distracted Congress takes action to renew it, state CHIP programs could start running out of money later this year, analysts warn. Continue reading
The Graham-Cassidy repeal bill – which essentially would change Medicaid into a per-capita cap – has suddenly come back to life. Republicans are making one more effort to live up to years of campaign pledges to repeal the Affordable Care Act before they run out of time.
The Senate has to vote by Sept. 30 if it wants to pass a repeal bill with just 50 votes. After that, the current budget resolution is no longer in effect, and any legislation would require a bipartisan 60 votes. Continue reading
It is mind-boggling that there are people in this world who so easily take advantage of vulnerable older adults. Yet, elder abuse – psychological, physical, and financial – is an unfortunate reality. The CDC estimates it affects one in every 10 community-dwelling adults age 60 and older.
The problem is likely much greater. For every reported case of abuse, approximately 23 others are not reported. Financial exploitation of older adults is the most prevalent form, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. One study found that self-reported financial exploitation happens at a rate of 41 per every 1,000 older adults surveyed. That number may be higher because many older adults are reluctant to admit they were scammed. Continue reading
The oral health of a state or community can serve as an interesting lens for examining economic health. That is the message that a series in the Enid News & Eagle recently brought to its 40,000 readers in northwest Oklahoma.
In its Overextended Oklahomans project, the newspaper has been exploring many aspects of the everyday struggles many state residents face in meeting basic needs. Continue reading