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Coretopic:Health Reform

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Under­standing and explaining King v. Burwell

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Topic overview

For decades, U.S. legislators struggled with how to ensure all Americans had health insurance. Every other developed country – and many less developed – had some kind of universal or near-universal coverage. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly shortened to Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” At the time, it was forecast to cover about 32 million Americans by 2019, a forecast that has gradually dropped amid barriers to implementation. The complex, multi-part legislation remains highly divisive and misunderstood. Political and policy uncertainties have shadowed, threatened and changed implementation. A core provision – the insurance subsidies for millions of Americans getting covered through HealthCare.gov – is under attack and awaiting a Supreme Court ruling in June 2015.



Narrow&nbsp;Networks<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

From a briefing for reporters at a San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists, with the Alliance for Health Reform on Jan. 21, 2015.

Obama's BuzzFeed Video: Selfie Sticks & Cookies |&nbsp;msnbc<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Pres. Obama is the surprising new star of a BuzzFeed video where he makes goofy faces, doodles of Michelle Obama at work and yes, even takes a photo with a selfie stick. » Subscribe to msnbc: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: msnbc is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, msnbc offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Connect with msnbc Online Visit msnbc.com: http://on.msnbc.com/Readmsnbc Find msnbc on Facebook: http://on.msnbc.com/Likemsnbc Follow msnbc on Twitter: http://on.msnbc.com/Followmsnbc Follow msnbc on Google+: http://on.msnbc.com/Plusmsnbc Follow msnbc on Instagram: http://on.msnbc.com/Instamsnbc Follow msnbc on Tumblr: http://on.msnbc.com/LeanWithmsnbc Obama's BuzzFeed Video: Selfie Sticks & Cookies | msnbc

January 21, 2015: AHCJ San Francisco on Narrow&nbsp;Networks<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Anne Price of Covered California, Emily Bazar with the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, Larry Levitt of Kaiser Family Foundation, and Betsy Imholz of Consumers Union addressed the narrow networks trend and its impact on consumers, insurers and providers, and also proposed government intervention. Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance moderated.

Secretary Burwell Visits Foundation of Praise Church&nbsp;(Houston)<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Read Secretary Burwell's full remarks at http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/speeches/sp20141215.html. Secretary Burwell gives remarks at an Open Enrollment event at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas. -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) http://www.hhs.gov We accept comments in the spirit of our comment policy: http://www.hhs.gov/web/socialmedia/policies/comment-policy.html HHS Privacy Policy http://www.hhs.gov/Privacy.html

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care&nbsp;Act<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

On September 23, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell delivered remarks regarding the Affordable Care Act. http://www.brookings.edu/events/2014/09/23-secretary-burwell-health-reform Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=BrookingsInstitution Follow Brookings on social media! Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/Brookings Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BrookingsInst Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/brookingsinst LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/com/company/the-brookings-institution

Helping Journalists Mine ACA Data for&nbsp;Stories<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

This video, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of Health Care Journalists, explores opportunities for journalists to use ACA monitoring data for their stories on health reform. The Foundation's Katherine Hempstead discusses several RWJF-sponsored datasets, available online through http://www.rwjf.org/ReformByTheNumbers. Her remarks were presented at an AHCJ member event held at the New York State Health Foundation on June 19, 2014. Indexed Sections: 5:10 First data set; Urban Institute - Health Reform Monitoring Survey (The quarterly Health Reform Monitoring Survey of households provides timely information on ACA implementation and changes in health insurance coverage, access to care and affordability.) 15:54 Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania - HIX 2.0 (Multiple datasets track each state's key ACA implementation decisions and examine variation—starting with governance.) 19:09 Breakaway Policy Strategies - Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Compare, (This dataset compiles information on benefits and costs of health plans offered through the marketplaces in all 50 states and DC. It includes data on premiums, network composition, deductibles and more.) 27:42 New Jersey Hospital Association - Payer Mix Data (Discharge data from 22 state hospital associations show total inpatient admissions and emergency admissions by payer, as well as data on diagnoses and procedures responsive to insurance status.) 40:28 athenahealth -- ACAView (Monthly data assess the impact of the ACA on provider access, patient financial obligation, health status of new patients, physician revenue cycle and provider reimbursement.) 47:34 Enrollment and carrier data (Enrollment and carrier data from health, life, fraternal and property/casualty insurers include information on number of policies, federal and state taxes, health premiums earned and more.) 53:28 General Q&A

President Obama Nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human&nbsp;Services<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

President Obama thanks outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her work over the past five years that will benefit our families and this country for decades to come, and announces he is nominating his current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her successor. April 11, 2014.

Obama CTO Todd Park Refuses To Give A Letter Grade For ObamaCare Website&nbsp;Rollout<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Obama CTO Todd Park Refuses To Give A Letter Grade For ObamaCare Website Rollout (November 13, 2013)

President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care&nbsp;Act<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

President Obama says that the health insurance that's available to people through HealthCare.gov is high quality and affordable, and his Administration is working around the clock to address problems that make the site slow and difficult to use. October 21, 2013.

Sebelius blames Republicans for Obamacare rollout&nbsp;disaster<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

The HHS secretary made the remarks after touring an Austin, Texas, health clinic on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Video courtesy FOX News.

White House White Board:  What ObamaCare Means For&nbsp;You<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Starting October 1st, you can go to http://www.healthcare.gov and use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to see all of the health plans available in your area and sign up for the one that fits your needs and budget. You can also find out if you're eligible to pay less for private health insurance or whether you qualify for other free or low-cost programs.

Obama: Health Law 'Working The Way It's Supposed&nbsp;To'<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

In California Friday, President Barack Obama praised the health law benefits already in place and talked about the state's health insurance marketplace. He also placed a special emphasis on touting the law to the state's Latino population.

State Health Law Implementation: Race to the Starting Line Pennsylvania and New&nbsp;Jersey<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Obama: Health Law 'Working The Way It's Supposed&nbsp;To'<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

In California Friday, President Barack Obama praised the health law benefits already in place and talked about the state's health insurance marketplace. He also placed a special emphasis on touting the law to the state's Latino population.

AHCJ Chicago Chapter: Panelists make predictions for health reform&nbsp;implementation<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

In the first of a new series of briefings for health care journalists, a panel of experts offered updates and analysis about implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the states. The Dec. 12 Chicago AHCJ chapter event was co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

State AGs Assess Individual&nbsp;Mandate<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

At a recent forum, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley offer contrasting perspectives on the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act's requirement that individuals must purchase health insurance. For more health reform news updates, visit http://www.familypracticenews.com/news/practice-trends.html

Philadelphia briefing - Robert Field - Dec. 14,&nbsp;2011<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

The health care overhaul law passed by Congress in 2010 sets out national goals and requirements. But many of the key decisions implementing the law are left to the states. In this video, Robert Field of Drexel University in Philadelphia offers ideas for reporters interested in covering health reform at the state level. From a Dec. 14, 2011 briefing sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Otis Brawley at Health Journalism&nbsp;2012<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer, American Cancer Society, was the keynote speaker at Health Journalism 2012, the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Brawley, responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection and quality treatment, champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet and provide the critical support cancer patients need. He guides efforts to enhance and focus the research program, upgrade the Society's advocacy capacity, and concentrate community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective. He is a leader in the Society's work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care.

10 Stories on Local Healthcare&nbsp;Reform<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Joanne Kenen , Deputy Health Editor for the Politico and Stacey Singer, Investigative Reporter from The Palm Beach Post hosted the seminar "10 Stories on Local Healthcare Reform". This hour long seminar was held this morning at 10:30 the Excellence in Journalism Conference.

Ezekiel&nbsp;Emanuel<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel shares his thoughts on health care reform in the USA with the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research. Discusses importance of leadership and engagement of health professionals in system transformation. Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is also a breast oncologist and author. After completing Amherst College, he received his M.Sc. from Oxford University in Biochemistry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. His dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political science dissertation of the year. In 1987-88, he was a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Emanuel was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School before joining the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Emanuel has authored 3 books and co-edited 4 and will have two books forthcoming in 2012. His publications include The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics, edited by Dr. Emanuel and members of the NIH Department of Bioethics and Healthcare, Guaranteed, Dr. Emanuel's own recommendations for health care reform and, Exploitation and Developing Countries. His book on medical ethics, The Ends of Human Life, has been widely praised and received honorable mention for the Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Dr. Emanuel has also published No Margin, No Mission: Health-Care Organizations and the Quest for Ethical Excellence and co-edited Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research: Readings and Commentary. Dr. Emanuel developed The Medical Directive, a comprehensive living will that has been endorsed by Consumer Reports on Health, Harvard Health Letter, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, international research ethics, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, JAMA, and many other medical journals. He has received numerous awards including election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science, the Association of American Physicians, and the Royal College of Medicine (UK). Hippocrates Magazine selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. He received the AMA-Burroughs Welcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a Fulbright Scholarship (which he declined). In 2007, Roosevelt University presented Dr. Emanuel with the President's Medal for Social Justice. Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and on the bioethics panel of the Pan- American Healthcare Organization. Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at numerous universities and medical schools, including the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Kovtiz Professor at Stanford Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UCLA, and a visiting professor at New York University Law School.

Health Reform story ideas: Sarah&nbsp;Kliff<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Politico Reporter Sarah Kliff shares the three issues around implementation of health reform that she is watching, during this panel at Health Journalism 2011.

Medicare & Health Reform in Rural&nbsp;Areas<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for public health in Washington University's Brown School, discusses the impact of health reform on rural communities. From a panel at the Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2011, presented by the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Health Reform Explained Video: "Health Reform Hits Main&nbsp;Street"<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Watch the newest YouToons video (released Nov. 11, 2014), Health Insurance Explained – The YouToons Have It Covered: http://youtu.be/-58VD3z7ZiQ ----- Health care reform explained in "Health Reform Hits Main Street." Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser's Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios. Also let the YouToons illustrate how health insurance coverage will work under reform. Visit: http://healthreform.kff.org/profiles.aspx

Private&nbsp;video<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Implementing Health Reform in the&nbsp;States<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>


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