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Another bid at ACA stabilization – and likely another failure

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. Follow her on Facebook.

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Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray are circulating a new “ACA stabilization” plan that in some ways is more ambitious than past efforts and takes into account the repeal of the individual mandate penalty. The senators are trying to get it into the omnibus spending bill Congress wants to pass by March 23.

But success is not very likely at this point. It’s not impossible given all the horse-trading that has to happen to get a huge omnibus spending bill passed, and Alexander, in particular, is persisting. But it definitely is a long shot. Continue reading

Actuaries’ analysis of ACA alternatives can inform news 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. Follow her on Facebook.

Photo: Andy via Flickr

Photo: Andy via Flickr

For those of us deluged with analyses and opinions from the left and the right over replacements for the Affordable Care Act – the actuarial cavalry has arrived.

The American Academy of Actuaries has released three papers analyzing long-time conservative ideas about health reform. These alternatives – high-risk pools, selling insurance across state lines, and association health plans (AHPs) – are playing a high-profile role in the debate over ACA “repeal and replace.” Continue reading

Two new resources for covering health reform

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. 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.