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Coretopic:Health Reform

New Tip Sheet

Cutting through the controversy over 340B pricing

Lola Butcher, an AHCJ Reporting Fellow on Health Care Performance, gives some tips on covering 340B pricing programs. See it now »

New How I Did It

Reporting on hospital super-users

Tim Darragh shares what he learned about why this group of people account for the bulk of health-care spending. See it now »

New How I Did It

Covering Maryland's unique all-payer system

Baltimore Business Journal writer Sarah Gantz explains how she found the human angle in Maryland's Medicare waiver. See it now »

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.



January 21, 2015: AHCJ San Francisco on Narrow&nbsp;Networks<br /><span>uploaded January 29, 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 December 16, 2014</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 September 23, 2014</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

Sebelius blames Republicans for Obamacare rollout&nbsp;disaster<br /><span>uploaded October 26, 2013</span>

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

President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care&nbsp;Act<br /><span>uploaded October 21, 2013</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.

Obama CTO Todd Park Refuses To Give A Letter Grade For ObamaCare Website&nbsp;Rollout<br /><span>uploaded November 13, 2013</span>

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

10 Stories on Local Healthcare&nbsp;Reform<br /><span>uploaded September 21, 2012</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 May 31, 2012</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.

Otis Brawley at Health Journalism&nbsp;2012<br /><span>uploaded April 23, 2012</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.

State AGs Assess Individual&nbsp;Mandate<br /><span>uploaded February 14, 2012</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 December 19, 2011</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.

Health Reform story ideas: Sarah&nbsp;Kliff<br /><span>uploaded October 18, 2011</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.

Issues in setting up health insurance&nbsp;exchanges<br /><span>uploaded October 18, 2011</span>

Sarah Kliff of Politico and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss some issues reporters should be aware of in states where the federal government will be setting up health insurance exchanges. From Health Journalism 2011.

Donna Shalala discusses health care reform and&nbsp;seniors<br /><span>uploaded November 5, 2009</span>

From the Aging in the 21st Century workshop held by the Association of Health Care Journalists in Coral Gables, Fla., in October 2009. More at http://www.healthjournalism.org/aging

What Does Health Reform Do for People on&nbsp;Medicare?<br /><span>uploaded September 8, 2011</span>

The new health reform law benefits people on Medicare in a number of ways. This three-minute video explains some of the ways, such as ending out-of-pocket expenses for recommended screenings, checkups and other preventive services. Featuring John Rother, president of the National Coalition on Health Care. This video is part of a series produced by the non-partisan Alliance for Health Reform in Washington, DC (allhealth.org). Our aim is to explain simply and in concrete terms the major provisions of the health reform law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010). The series is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To suggest questions that you would like to have answered in this series, please send an email to BillErwin@allhealth.org

Healthcare Investing in a Change Environment Part&nbsp;1<br /><span>uploaded June 3, 2011</span>

Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson presents on how the changing health care landscape affects the healthcare industry, and the implications for investors. Find out more about Avalere Health at www.avalerehealth.net.

Health Reform Law to Face Constitutional Test in Supreme&nbsp;Court<br /><span>uploaded November 14, 2011</span>

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments next spring on the constitutionality of the health care reform law. Jeffrey Brown discusses the political and legal implications with The National Law Journal\'s Marcia Coyle and NPR\'s Julie Rovner.

How Does the Health Reform Law Promote Long-Term&nbsp;Care?<br /><span>uploaded November 22, 2011</span>

Most people think the new health reform law simply increases the number of people with health coverage in the U.S. But it does more. It also contains a number of provisions to help people get long-term supports and services at home, or if need be, in a nursing home. This video outlines some of the ways in which the Affordable Care Act promotes long-term care. Featuring Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, dedicated to helping seniors receive integrated medical treatment and human services in the setting most appropriate to their needs.

Health Reform Explained Video: "Health Reform Hits Main&nbsp;Street"<br /><span>uploaded September 17, 2010</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

Medicare & Health Reform in Rural&nbsp;Areas<br /><span>uploaded October 24, 2011</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.

Who Needs Long-Term Care, and Who Pays for&nbsp;It?<br /><span>uploaded November 22, 2011</span>

About 70 percent of Americans over age 65 will eventually need some form of long-term care. This can mean nursing home care. But more commonly, it means help at home with activities such as dressing, cooking and eating. Many people think Medicare covers long-term services and supports. With limited exceptions, it does not, as this video points out. Featuring Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, dedicated to helping seniors receive integrated medical treatment and human services in the setting most appropriate to their needs. This video is part of a series produced by the Alliance for Health Reform, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy education group in Washington, DC. See more videos at www.allhealth.org.

La Reforma Del Cuidado De La Salud Llega al&nbsp;Público<br /><span>uploaded January 5, 2012</span>

¿Esta confundido acerca de cómo la nueva ley de reforma de salud realmente funciona? Este video explica los problemas relacionados con el sistema de salud actual, los cambios que están sucediendo ahora, y los cambios importantes que se anticipan para el 2014. Confused about how the new health 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. Watch the English-language version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-Ilc5xK2_E

Implementing Health Reform in the&nbsp;States<br /><span>uploaded August 31, 2012</span>

AHCJ Chicago Chapter: Panelists make predictions for health reform&nbsp;implementation<br /><span>uploaded January 16, 2013</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.


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