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Panel will assess continued growing pains of health reform in the states #AHCJ16

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.

road-to-cleveland-2For 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

Colorado clinics serving Medicaid patients are adding dental services

Mary Otto

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health, curating related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on oral health resources at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Kate Sumbler via Flickr

Photo: Kate Sumbler via Flickr

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

A look at those still falling through the cracks in ACA coverage

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: 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.

Photo: Laura Ungar/USA TodayAs part of an AHCJ Reporting Fellowship on Health Care PerformanceUSA 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

How one longtime beat reporter is keeping the Medicaid story fresh

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: Lynn Friedman via Flickr

Photo: Lynn Friedman via Flickr

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

How the ACA may be helping to close the ‘race gap’

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.

Chris Flavelle of Bloomberg View points out an unheralded achievement of the Affordable Care Act: It’s narrowing the race gap in health insurance.

In a recent opinion column summarizing research on insurance disparities and the ACA by Algernon Austin at the Center for Global Policy Solutions, Flavelle wrote: Continue reading