Doctor talking to patient

Covering Health Care Policy Changes

October 2, 2017
Teaching Date
Oct. 2, 2017
National Press Club

Please note: The registration deadline for this event has passed.


As federal and state policies change, journalists must quickly explain the impact of proposed legislation to their audience. In this day-long workshop we will develop pathways to identify quick and reliable sources, understand the nuances of the current delivery system and connect with thought leaders on effective new approaches.

This workshop at the National Press Club is free thanks to the support of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Limited seats remain. Register soon.


Among the topics we will discuss:

Buying Insurance on the Individual Market – Before, During – and possibly After – the Affordable Care Act. As we reflect on how dysfunctional and discriminatory the market was pre-ACA and how the market was reformed under ACA, noting where it performed well and where it did not, how would it change and why. Brian Webb, manager, Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Peter Lee, director, Covered California

Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid now covers nearly 70 million low income people – one in five Americans. It covers poor kids and their parents, the disabled, and older people who cannot afford long term care late in life. Traditionally it covered very poor people – many Americans underestimated just how poor you had to be to get covered – and still have to be in states that didn’t expand Medicaid under the ACA. But under the federal health law, 31 states did expand Medicaid to cover people slightly above the poverty line, including those who are able-bodied and have no dependents. What does the growth of Medicaid mean for your community? To your hospitals and clinics? What would happen under Republican plans to “block grant” it or create “per capita caps?” Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors; John McCarthy, founding partner, Speire Healthcare Strategies

State Choices: Waivers, Opt-Outs – or Forging Ahead. No matter what happens to the repeal legislation, states have many options on how they implement the ACA and Medicaid, how they regulate their insurers, and how they strengthen or weaken overall health reform. The Trump administration has made it clear from the start that they will encourage more state waivers.  What does that look like at the state level and how would these changes effect coverage?  Trish Riley, executive director, National Academy of State Health Policy

Health Care Politics. One reason we can’t fix health care – it’s become a proxy for our politics, for what we believe about the size of government and its role in our lives. This discussion delves into how to understand some of the political rhetoric that candidates use – the difference for instance between a candidate promising universal coverage, and one promising universal access to coverage, and what to do with that knowledge. Mollyann Brodie, director, Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation, Dave Winston, president, Winston Group

Cost and Quality – the Move to “Value Based Care.” Why does health care in America cost so darn much? What do we get for it? Has spending growth slowed down? If so why – and will it last? What do we mean by moving away from “fee for service” to “value” -- and how do we get to that and who decides what has “value”? Stephen Zuckerman, health economist, Urban Institute

Social Determinants of Health/Disparities. Mounting evidence shows that our environment, social strata, education level, neighborhood all affect our health – and minorities do worse. How can reporters further understand connections between inequality and good (or poor) health, and take a critical look at what their communities are doing to address this. Dr. Mary Bassett, New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Megan Tschudy, Medical Director, Harriet Lane Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Telling the Story at the Local Level. A discussion with Markian Hawryluk and Jenny Deam, the Houston Chronicle, Taunya English, senior health writer, WHYY

Time of Program: Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The program starts promptly at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Reception to follow.

This program will not be streamed live. 


This workshop is free thanks to the support of the:


Email IconGroup 3Facebook IconLinkedIn IconsearchGroupTwitter IconGroup 2YouTube Icon