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Covering Health Reform: Webinar Series for Journalists

After more than three years of political controversy and legal challenges, the major coverage provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act are now in place as of January 1, 2014 — yet polling finds roughly half of Americans say they don’t know enough about the health reform law to understand how it will affect their families. With state health insurance Marketplaces enrolling people in coverage through March 31, local and national print, online, television and radio news outlets will play a critical role in educating their audiences about the law’s new realities.

As part of its Media Fellowships Program, the Kaiser Family Foundation presents a series of free, interactive webinars exclusively for journalists to address key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, its implications for consumers, and strategies for connecting the dots for different audiences.

If you are unable to attend a webinar, but would like to receive all future updates on the series, please email your name and media affiliation to acawebinars@kff.org. You can also use this email to provide feedback and ideas for the series. Throughout the Foundation’s ACA webinar series, participants are welcome to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ACA101KFF.

Women’s Health Under the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • The Foundation’s Vice President and Director of Women’s Health Policy, Alina Salganicoff, and Senior Policy Analyst Laurie Sobel discussed how the Affordable Care Act expands access to coverage and preventive care for women, and how these elements of the law are being implemented. Reviewed current legal issues related to the contraceptive coverage requirement, as well as state and federal policies affecting insurance coverage of abortion.

A Year-End Update on the ACA Rollout & Looking Ahead to 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Featured Larry Levitt, Co-Director of the Foundation’s Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance & Senior Vice President, and Jennifer Tolbert, State Health Policy Director. The webinar touched on some of the major questions as people start using ACA coverage and the end of open enrollment period approaches March 31.

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Baby Boomers and Medicare Beneficiaries

Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Focused on the major changes facing older people. The Foundation’s Associate Director of the Program on Medicare Policy, Juliette Cubanski and Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz discussed how the Affordable Care Act impacts Medicare benefits and beneficiaries, as well as the ACA’s role for baby boomers who are not yet 65 and eligible for Medicare.

Researching Consumer Stories, Finding New Ideas & Securing Real-World Examples

Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • Discusses best practices for reporting on the Affordable care Act. Kaiser Health News (KHN) Staff Writer Sarah Varney and  “Insuring Your Health” columnist Michelle Andrews discuss approaches to covering this complex story by incorporating individual examples; provide tips and techniques for digging into the details of the law (with expert help) to describe how its provisions play out in real life; and suggest new angles and under-reported story ideas. They also identify upcoming policy deadlines and timelines, and explore how to weave these into your stories over the next several months.

Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act: The Impact of State Decisions

Thursday, October 24, 2013

  • Explores the role of Medicaid under the health reform law and the implications of state decisions to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Two associate directors for the Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured – Robin Rudowitz and Rachel Garfield – provide a brief presentation on the law’s Medicaid expansion, where states stand on implementation, and the impact of state decisions on coverage and financing.

Understanding Premiums Under The Affordable Care Act 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Looks at insurance rates and plan offerings in the new state-based marketplaces. The Co-Directors of the Foundation’s Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, Senior Vice President Larry Levitt and Vice President Gary Claxton give a brief presentation on the early reports of rates, how and why they vary, and what consumers would pay after taking tax credits into account.

What Do Consumers Need to Know About Health Reform’s Changes?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • Overview of how the Affordable Care Act’s impact will vary for people in different circumstances, including those currently with employer coverage, those who buy their own insurance, and those who are currently uninsured. The Foundation’s State Health Policy Director Jennifer Tolbert and Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz explain the law’s individual mandate, as well as its new coverage options, including new state insurance marketplaces, subsidies for people with low- and moderate incomes, and new rules prohibiting insurers from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions.