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Where Medicaid stands: From the AHCA to state waivers
May 2017
This webcast focuses on how the AHCA would impact states and Medicaid beneficiaries, how a system of per capita caps would work, what we learned from the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and how states might respond to new waiver flexibility from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We will examine these issues from both the federal and state perspective, and from the perspective of reporters covering this important issue.

Catching up on health reform
May 2017

Health policy is unpredictable in the Age of Trump. This webcast looks at recent developments in Washington, D.C. – and how they affect health coverage in states. We’ll look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act, and likely changes to Medicaid.

What's next for health policy?
April 2017
This webcast looks ahead at the issues surrounding U.S. health care and at potential changes that Congress, the Trump administration, and the states will be likely to adopt in the coming months and years. What are the problems that persist in the health system, especially in the individual insurance market? What are the policy options to address them, through executive action, agency rulemaking, and legislation?

Health insurance markets during a time of change: The nuts & bolts

February 2017
A repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is on the agenda for Congress in 2017, and while Americans remain divided on which policy proposals they favor, there is shared concern about rising premiums and deductibles for those covered by private insurance. This webinar presents an overview of the individual and employer-based insurance markets before and after the ACA, and looks ahead at the choices both insurers and consumers must make for 2018 and beyond. They also discuss key considerations for journalists covering developments at the federal, state and local level. Click here to watch the webinar and access the speakers' presentations and source lists.

Covering the fourth season of open enrollment

September 2016
Katherine Hempstead, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discussed the upcoming enrollment season, story ideas and some of the data the foundation has gathered to better understand the status of the insurance market.

View from CMS: Andy Slavitt talks to AHCJ

March 2016
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt oversees Medicaid, Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Program and the ACA health insurance exchanges. And he's deeply involved with CMS efforts to improve value and quality of U.S. health care by changing delivery models and payment incentives. He's talking to AHCJ members about what's ahead this year. 

Master your market: Data to cover insurance under the ACA

July 2015
Katherine Hempstead, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shared data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Learn about insurance carriers in each state – their enrollment, premiums, claims and several measures of utilization. 

The other part of health reform: Changing the delivery of care
The ACA is more than a way to extend health care coverage to millions of Americans. The 2010 law also takes steps to shift how we deliver health care – to do a better job of managing chronic diseases, to make hospitals safer, to move away from fee-for-service, to get more quality for our health care spending.

Covering how states will prepare for second ACA enrollment season
The second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act begins in November – just after the elections. What do states have to do to prepare? What tasks await the states using versus their own exchanges?

How will rural Ameri­cans tap into the insurance marketplaces?
Experts and journalists discuss how the health insurance marketplaces will affect rural Americans.

Federal exchanges: News briefing for regional and local reporters
CMS officials answered questions from reporters about the federal health insurance marketplace. Reporters had direct, on-the-record access to Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, and Julie Bataille, director, CMS Office of Communications.

The state countdown: Fate of exchanges after the election
Just days after the November elections, states will have to make final (or reasonably final) decisions about whether they are going to run their own health insurance exchange and what that will look like – or whether the federal government will take responsibility for all or part of the exchange.

Webcast: The Supreme Court has ruled. Now what?
To assist reporters across the country who will need to localize the decision and what it means for their states and local communities, AHCJ will host a one-hour online roundtable of experts to offer you suggestions on stories you can pursue right away and in the weeks ahead. We will help you identify stories that make sense for you as a local or regional reporter.


The New York Times assembled a 1 minute, 48 second video capturing how President Donald Trump explains that health care is going to be "phenomenal."

Starting at 20:44 in this discussion, Mollyann Brodie of the Kaiser Family Foundation talks about the Trump voter and health care on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health.

Key moments from Tom Price's Senate hearing

Five former secretaries of HHS talk about the Affordable Care Act
In a first-of-its-kind gathering in June 2015, five U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretaries talk about the American way of health care. These leaders – Kathleen Sebelius, Donna Shalala, Louis W. Sullivan,Tommy Thompson and David Mathews – also presided over the agency as astounding progress occurred in biomedical research, the American population grew older and more diverse, and repeated attempts were made to expand access to care. What can these former officials tell us about the government’s evolving role in health, and about bringing a divided nation together around better health for all? Moderated by PBS’Judy Woodruff.
(Video credit to Aspen Institute, Spotlight Health/Aspen Ideas Festival)

President Obama on the "Colbert Report"

President Barack Obama appeared on the comedy show on Dec. 9, 2014. Erik Wemple of The Washington Post describes it: "The two also pulled off a stunt in which Obama sat in Colbert’s chair and played the temporary role of Colbert’s faux-conservative TV commentator. “Nation, as you know, I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our president,” said Obama. “The guy is so arrogant. I bet he talks about himself in the third person.” With that, Obama-as-Colbert went on a false tirade against Obamacare, outlining various strategies for killing it off." Watch the extended video.

Burwell discusses Ebola, insurance exchanges and other health care policy issues

On Oct. 9, 2014, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell attended a policy breakfast with reporters, which was sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Affairs. Burwell made comments on the Ebola response, and other health care policy issues.

Burwell gives speech on goals as Secretary

On Sept. 23, 2014, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell gave her first big ACA-themed speech at The Brookings Institution on Sept. 23, 2014. In the address, she summarized the achievements of the Affordable Care Act and she discussed her role as secretary and outlined four goals.

Video shares tips for using data to cover health reform


Katherine Hempstead, Ph.D., discusses story ideas, highlights of six databases on health reform.





President Obama Nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of Health and Human Services

President Obama thanks outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her work and announces he is nominating the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her successor. (April 11, 2014)