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Two new resources for covering health reform

About Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, has been AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curated related material at healthjournalism.org. Follow her on Facebook.

There are two more resources to share with you from two of health journalisms’ ever-helpful friends, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Alliance for Health Reform.

What questions do you have about health reform and how to cover it?

Joanne KenenJoanne Kenen is AHCJ’s health reform topic leader. She is writing blog posts, tip sheets, articles and gathering resources to help our members cover the complex implementation of health reform. If you have questions or suggestions for future resources on the topic, please send them to joanne@healthjournalism.org.

Kaiser has started posting on its site a series called “Notes on Health Insurance and Reform. Written by Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives and senior adviser to the president at the Foundation, and Gary Claxton, vice president and director of the health care marketplace project.

They are both very good at tackling all those complicated regulatory and insurance issues that some of us may have just a few itsy bitsy questions about. The posts are short, and clear, very helpful. Two of the initial posts cover topics we’ve addressed here too on Covering Health (the high risk pool program and aspects of the exchanges). Here’s a link to the RSS feed, too.

The Alliance is adding another layer to its online sourcebook, updating the reference book pages with relevant local news stories from around the country.  You can click on the sourcebook pages in the table of contents, choose a chapter (here’s the one on health reform) and you’ll see the local news stories on the right hand side of the website. Or you can sign up in the email alerts section of www.allhealth.org (which is how I get them) or naturally, there’s a Twitter feed. We’ll take a look from time to time at some of those local stories and see what lessons they hold for health care reporters elsewhere.

Sourcebook now has examples of how folks use it

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Alliance for Health Reform has supplemented its Covering Health Issues sourcebook, distributed to AHCJ members earlier this year, with, according to a release, “links to local news stories related to the topic of each chapter, as well as relevant videos from Alliance briefings.”

Find the related stories and videos by visiting the sourcebook’s online table of contents, clicking on your topic of interest and heading over to the blue info box on the right side of the page. The stories will be updated regularly, and can provide a handy reference as to how other folks are using the resources.

Briefing helps reporters get up to speed on reform

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Last week, the Alliance for Health Reform held a briefing geared toward reporters who might not yet be fully up to speed on the specifics of health care reform. A copy of the web cast, transcript (83-page PDF) and related materials are all available online. covering-health-issues

According to AHR’s Bill Erwin, the briefing “summarized nine months of work on health reform” in 75 minutes. The discussion follows the threads of various programs and sources of money and ties them all together. Speakers were longtime AHR chief Ed Howard and Dean Rosen, a veteran of health policy with experience in both public and private sectors.

AHR also released an updated version of its Covering Health Issues sourcebook. AHCJ members should soon receive a copy of the source book, if they haven’t already.