A California watchdog commission’s recently released report offers a scathing assessment of Denti-Cal – the state’s historically troubled Medicaid dental program.
“Among government programs labeled by participants and beneficiaries as broken, dysfunctional or an outright mess, few have achieved the notoriety of Denti-Cal,” noted the Little Hoover Commission. Continue reading
For several years now, I’ve moderated an AHCJ conference panel on health reform in the states and will do it again this year at Health Journalism 2016 in Cleveland. We’ll get pretty granular this year, looking at two specific states – Massachusetts and Washington state – and provide a national overview of how states are looking ahead to next year to solve some of their persistent challenges.
Those challenges include a relatively low rate of young and healthy people signing up, persistent public misconception about what the law does and does not do, and of course, affordability, affordability, affordability. Continue reading
What if you could get your dental and medical care in the very same place?
A growing number of Colorado residents, including Medicaid children and refugee families are doing just that, thanks to an innovative program led by the nonprofit Delta Dental Foundation. Continue reading
Photo: Laura Ungar/USA TodayAs part of an AHCJ Reporting Fellowship on Health Care Performance, USA Today reporters Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar undertook a months-long investigation into health insurance barriers still facing the working poor. Here, Ronald Stevens, who works for a Virginia Department of Transportation contractor and still has no medical or dental coverage, receives a dental exam at an outdoor clinic.
The Affordable Care Act has clearly covered millions of people, many of them previously uninsured.
But millions are still left out – and the debate about “affordability” is an emerging theme in the 2016 presidential race.
USA Today reporters Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar did a months-long investigation as part of an AHCJ reporting fellowship. They looked at the barriers still facing the working poor, including people employed in fast food or call centers or retail outlets, including many contract workers and part-timers. They visited Houston, New York, Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia. Here is some of what they found out: Continue reading
Huffington Post health care reporter Jeffrey Young has written about Medicaid expansion. And written more about Medicaid expansion. And written … you get the point.
Young was still plenty interested in Medicaid expansion and wanted his readers to be too. But he realized it was time to think up a new way of engaging readers. It’s especially important with “slow-moving stories you cover iteratively over a period of months and years,” he said. Stories like Medicaid expansion.
In a new How I Did It article, Young explains how he analyzed his quandary – and how it led him to a new partnership with graphics and data journalists to help him tell it anew. Continue reading