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Exchange Watch: No drama in Vermont’s insurance rates

The AP reported the Green Mountain State’s rate announcement, but not the broader story

Last week, Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board, an independent body created by the legislature to approve benefit plans and rates... More

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The Obamacare ad wars begin

An opening salvo from conservatives scores low on honesty, and some reporters have noticed

Competition for the hearts and minds of the voters in 2014 has begun with a bang--the opening salvo in... More

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Covering Obamacare: a bit of bad advice

Explaining how to get insurance? Yes, please. Enrolling people? Not your job

Last week a story appeared on the website of the Association of Health Care Journalists that reported on a... More

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Surprise? Employer mandate delayed

A laurel to Politico for strong coverage of the latest plot twist in the healthcare reform story

The Obama administration's just-before-July 4 surprise--postponing for a year the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate--generated a ton of news... More

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Exchange Watch: Ohio insurance redux

A shout-out to The Plain Dealer

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the Ohio press--as well as some writers for national outlets--had fallen for the... More

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Obamacare’s Forgotten Faces

The Medicaid debacle and other tales

To their credit, some members of the media have begun examining the plight of those who will still be... More

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Open wide

Critics and boosters alike agree that the full implementation of Obamacare will be complicated and nerve-wracking for some people. Here’s how journalists can help.

Much of healthcare journalism is about policy choices and the debates that shape them. The full implementation of Obamacare, however,... More

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Open wide: the fine print

This is a sidebar to the feature story "Open wide." Who's eligible? Generally, people who do not have coverage otherwise--from... More

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Exchange Watch: What’s going on with New York?

So far, the public has gotten assurances about New York’s insurance exchange, but not much to chew on

It's fair to say there has been coverage of the new health insurance shopping exchanges. From California and Oregon came... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Cost cutting? We can’t have that!

Medical device makers flex their lobbying muscles

A classic healthcare-lobbying story is in the making--a shootout between the government and the medical device industry over cost... More

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The missing villain in the healthcare drama

When it comes to rising costs, what about hospital consolidation? A shout-out to Eduardo Porter for pointing that out

Eduardo Porter, the New York Times economics columnist, deserves a shout-out for his column last Wednesday challenging a meme... More

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Exchange Watch: The ongoing game of Spin the Rates

This time it’s Ohio, and the result is a phony tale about rising premiums

First came the good news from the West Coast about how Obamacare will be lowering premiums for individuals shopping... More

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‘Bitter Pill’—the aftereffects

An interview with Steven Brill about reactions to his groundbreaking Time article about the forces behind the high cost of healthcare

Steven Brill, the journalist, entrepreneur, and founder of the Yale Journalism Initiative, shook up the healthcare establishment last March with... More

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Holes in a Holy Grail?

A new study raises questions about The Dartmouth Atlas

Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News is carving quite a reputation for himself on the hospital beat, and helping to... More

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Exchange Watch: California Dreaming

Low healthcare premiums on the West Coast were trumpeted as a big, good-news Obamacare story. But: “Compared to what?”

In mid-May, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane trumpeted some good news for Obamacare, reporting that "Health insurance next year will cover... More

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Disability, Social Security, and the missing context

As a trustees report comes out, a This American Life piece provides an unfortunate example of incomplete reporting

Today, the trustees of the Social Security system will issue their annual report card on the trust funds that... More

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New light on the emergency room

A RAND study finds that the ER is not such a healthcare-spending villain after all

Yes, I know we don't like "study sez" stories; that is unless they trumpet a new cancer drug or a... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Who should pay? Who can pay?

A shout-out to Marketwatch for a thorough report that challenges the “skin-in-the-game” theory

Elizabeth O'Brien's May 15 Marketwatch piece on proposed changes for Medicare is one of the best I have seen since... More

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The insanity of hospital pricing

The academics are wrong and the press is right: wildly varying healthcare billing is a very big deal

Last week's release of the wildly varying prices that hospitals charge Medicare may no longer be news du jour, but... More

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Untangling Obamacare: What’s behind the rate increases?

To report on rising premiums you need to understand them. A primer for reporters

Rate hikes just keep coming. The latest we've heard about come from Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina, which... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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