Covering high-risk insurance pools: Tips for reporters
The federal government and states are scrambling now to create temporary high-risk pools for the medically uninsurable by July 1. As one of the first provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to go into effect, it will serve as a test case for implementation of the new law and it should be closely followed.
Some states with existing high risk pools are passing laws to ensure their programs comply with the new federal rules and are eligible for some of the $5 billion in federal funding. Other states are refusing to alter their programs and ceding responsibility to the federal government. But apart from being a policy story, it’s of great interest to all your readers, viewers or listeners who have pre-existing conditions and are struggling to find coverage.
AHCJ has asked some reporters covering the topic for story tips, suggestions and resources. We expect to add more tips and resources to this package as the story develops. If you have something to contribute, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read tips from Victoria Colliver, of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sarah Varney, of KQED/The California Report, Dave Hage, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Mike Shields, Kansas Health Institute News Service.
Sarah Varney, KQED Public Radio and The California Report
Dave Hage, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Mike Shields, KHI News Service
In an earlier feature on covering health reform, four journalists on the front lines offered their advice and suggestions on what needs to be covered next and how to approach this complex topic.