About Liz Seegert Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast. View all posts by Liz Seegert → Photo: Pete Green via Flickr The federal government has been in partial shutdown mode since Dec. 21 – meaning it’s been nearly a full month since a quarter of government agencies, including the Departments of State, Justice, Transportation, Agriculture, and Interior furloughed a combined 800,000 workers or asked them to work without pay. What began as a minor inconvenience for some is fast becoming a major concern for many seniors who rely on government support for food, shelter and medical care. First, the good news: Social Security, Medicare, and … [Read more...] about What does the partial government shutdown mean for older adults?
About Joseph Burns Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at [email protected] View all posts by Joseph Burns → In a story that Consumer Reports published in December 2017, “Is Short-Term Health Insurance a Good Deal?”, Metcalf explained that when LaMotte shopped for health insurance, he didn’t qualify for a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. Also, he balked at the $1,000 monthly premium and a deductible of $6,500 that was required for an ACA-compliant health insurance policy. “I was looking for major medical catastrophic,” LaMotte told Metcalf. “I wasn’t looking for them to pay for every Band-Aid.” Instead, he found a short-term plan that cost $261 a month. You can probably guess what happened next: During a routine dental visit, LaMotte learned he … [Read more...] about As name implies, short-term health plans may not be a good deal for some consumers
About Tara Haelle Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ's medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. View all posts by Tara Haelle → Photo: Matt Hintsa via Flickr One challenge when covering medical conferences is that, depending on your publication’s needs, you often must conduct many interviews on the fly both with presenters and with attendees at the sessions. Since many other people also are vying for the presenters’ attention, you might only be able to get in a few short questions after a session. Even when you can arrange an interview at a different time, you may only have 10 minutes because of that person’s schedule or your own (like another session to rush off to). Moreover, sometimes in the fast-paced environment of conference coverage, you may not have had much time to familiarize yourself their research or … [Read more...] about Plan ahead to get answers at a medical conference
About Irene M. Wielawski Irene M. Wielawski (@wielawski), an independent journalist based in New York, is a founder and former board member of AHCJ and serves on the organization’s Right to Know Committee. View all posts by Irene M. Wielawski → Photo: Christopher Reilly via Flickr The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case brought eight years ago by a South Dakota newspaper asserting the public’s right to know how much taxpayer money goes to grocers and other retailers who participate in the federal food stamp program. The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls won at the federal appellate court level last year, but a new challenge asserting the confidentiality of business records has pushed the case to the nation’s highest court. At issue is the longstanding practice of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shield the amount of money retailers, including big box enterprises like WalMart, make from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the … [Read more...] about Newspaper’s suit over food stamp data headed to Supreme Court
About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. View all posts by Bara Vaida → Photo: M M via FlickrLive poultry market in Xining, China. Ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China are having an impact on the global economy and potentially U.S. biosecurity. Late in the summer of 2018, New York Times reporter Emily Baumgaertner authored a story breaking the news that China had stopped providing samples of a flu virus – named H7N9 – with U.S. health authorities. The H7N9 bird flu [the influenza virus is named with H’s and N’s based on their protein makeup] has been circulating in China since 2013 and has spread through poultry … [Read more...] about Persistence, persuasion pays off with critical global health security story