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August 21, 2013

Communities that lack good access to healthy fresh food likely struggle with significant health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Those same communities often don’t have safe environments for kids to play and for adults to exercise and can suffer from a disproportionate share of substandard housing and environmental hazards. 

At a time when researchers are mapping connections between physical environment and health, Reporting On Health presents a webinar that explores how environmental and social conditions impact health.

WHYY Senior Health Writer Taunya English and Rishi Manchanda, M.D., helped us talk through the issues and story ideas. Click .

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July 30, 2013

America's health care expansion will succeed or fail based on adoption rates by the uninsured. Many of them have never been part of the health insurance marketplace, so trying to bring the estimated 48 million uninsured into the fold in 2014 is no small task. 

Do the uninsured know that they are required to buy health insurance? Who will reach out to them and show them how to apply? Are they eligible for their state’s Medicaid program?  How much will the exchange premiums cost and will federal subsidies make them affordable?

March 05, 2013

President Obama intended to make government-subsidized insurance for the poor through Medicaid a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. But in June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not force states to expand their programs. Now each state must decided whether to grow its Medicaid rolls, turning what once seemed like a story about process into a high-stakes game of political brinksmanship. Is it worth it for states to forgo generous federal subsidies for the expansion in order to hold steadfast in opposition to "Obamacare?" Even once strident opponents of the ACA have relented rather than turn down vast sums that would subsidize a historic expansion. Where does your state stand? And what are the stories you can tell about it?

This webinar addressed key issues for reporters as states move forward with their decisions. Each choice has consequences for politicians, implementers, medical providers, and patients -- and for the health of communities.

November 08, 2012

What happens to health and health reform after Barack Obama's re-election? Reporting on Health brought together an expert panel to offer insights, story ideas and predictions on the road ahead for healthcare in America. We see the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement as one of the most important post-election stories and want to provide you with resources for great local and national storytelling.

July 11, 2012

This webinar gave listeners a chance to hear about and discuss the new models for care that Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and others are inventing. Dr. Brenner has developed a system that's tackling two of health care's most intrinsic problems: cost and quality of care. Celebrated in a New Yorker article by Dr. Atul Gawande and in an accompanying FRONTLINE documentary, this pioneering practitioner is trying to reinvent the nation’s fragmented and inefficient way of caring for the sick. Doctors and hospitals currently profit from the revolving door of visits made by the sickest. Dr. Brenner aims to shake up the hospital-based culture of medicine.

The buzz words for such approaches – “accountable care organizations,” “medical homes” and “hot spotters” — are familiar only to those deeply versed in health care. But the stakes for success or failure with such approaches should be understood by everyone. The question confronting policy makers and clinicians now is whether the Affordable Care Act, recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, goes far enough to promote these radical changes in health care delivery. 

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