Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowships 2011 Site Visits
Kaiser Media Fellowships 2011 Site Visits
Starting in 2011, the fellowship program provides in-depth briefings and week-long site visits focused on complex health policy issues. These are for invited health and health policy journalists, with invitations tailored to the topics and issues addressed.
California: The first site visit of 2011 focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California. In May 2011, journalists with a strong focus on health policy, state health reform, and/or California-specific policy issues were invited to participate in a week-long program. Based initially in San Francisco and later in Sacramento, the program offered journalists the opportunity to meet with a variety of stakeholders concerned with the implementation of health reform, including officials from the California Health and Human Services Agency, health policy experts, physicians, community clinic staff members and legislative staff. The program focused on a range of issues including the establishment of the California health benefit exchange, the state’s “Bridge to Reform” 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver, Healthy San Francisco, initiatives to improve the delivery of health care and reduce medical costs, and projects addressing physician shortages in the Medicaid program.
Texas: Based in Austin and Dallas, the site visits offered journalists the opportunity to meet with a variety of experts and stakeholders. Journalists met with state health officials, health policy analysts, academics, community clinic staff members and legislative staff. The program focused on a range of issues including the demographics in Texas and their implication for health care, Medicaid in Texas and the 1115 Waiver, and access to health care and the performance of health care safety net systems in Texas.