A briefing with some top Washington, D.C.-based reporters on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET should help reporters and editors around the country plot out how to cover health reform for the rest of the year and on to 2014.
After an intense year of covering health reform, the subject now seems more complicated than ever. Implementation timelines go on for page after page. Many questions seem to have no answers, at least not yet. Participants will discuss implementation deadlines, how to tie local issues to reform, how to coordinate coverage between D.C. bureaus and beat reporters at home and more.
The event, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be at the National Press Club, you can participate from anywhere via teleconference and e-mail. Be sure to join us at 12:15 p.m ET by calling 888-205-6705 and using passcode 9493486. To submit questions before or during the briefing, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming chapter events will help journalists tackle the questions about what comes next and how the new law will affect people in their areas:
• Journalists based in the D.C. area are invited to a June 15 meeting of AHCJ’s local chapter with the press office staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and White House Office on Health Reform. CMS and White House officials will discuss how reporters can get information on Medicare and Medicaid and changes coming to the programs under the new health law.
• And, on the West Coast, AHCJ’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will gather on June 16 to learn about what health reform means for Californians. Experts from the California HealthCare Foundation will look at how health care in the state will be affected in the months and years ahead.
•AHCJ member Rose Hoban recommends a web-based presentation from Pam Sliberman, the head of North Carolina’s Institute of Public Health about what happens now with health reform. Hoban says the presentation is dense, but “Incredibly useful in helping me plan the next few months of coverage.” You can download the Windows media file or find it on the organzation’s health reform resources page.