Bringing Health Reform Home:Stories for your Community<br />Barbara FederOstrovDeputy EditorReportingonHealth.org<br />3/1...
Going beyond the local rally story<br />
YOUR MANTRA:<br />Health reform is the peg, not the story.<br />
The Backdrop<br />Next week’s planned vote on health reform<br />States are moving to ban mandate to purchase insurance<br...
Five Story Ideas<br />Medical bankruptcies in your community<br />What is this going to cost me? <br /> Rationing care for...
Medical Bankruptcies<br />   “In the campaign to broaden support for the overhaul of American health care, few arguments h...
What is this going to cost me?  <br />Profile people from different walks of life about:<br />Their current health care co...
Health Budget Cuts<br />Longer wait times for primary care at free clinics?<br />Longer waits for specialty care?<br />Wai...
Rationing care for the poor<br />Long waits for hernia and gall bladder surgery?<br /> What other care is rationed? <br />...
The In-Betweens: What to do before Medicare starts<br />How are people between the ages of 50 and 65 getting health insura...
Resources for staying informed…<br />
Best Overviews<br />California Healthline: digest of California health policy/access news  <br />Kaiser Family Foundation’...
Best Blogs<br />Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review<br /> <br />Ezra Klein’s policy blog, Washington Post<br /> <br ...
Best Data Sources<br />HealthyCity.org: California-only data resource for community activists <br />CHCF.org:  data on hea...
If that seems like a lot to absorb,<br />Be glad you’re not this guy….<br />
Questions?<br />
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  1. 1. Bringing Health Reform Home:Stories for your Community<br />Barbara FederOstrovDeputy EditorReportingonHealth.org<br />3/13/10<br />
  2. 2. Going beyond the local rally story<br />
  3. 3. YOUR MANTRA:<br />Health reform is the peg, not the story.<br />
  4. 4. The Backdrop<br />Next week’s planned vote on health reform<br />States are moving to ban mandate to purchase insurance<br />Lots of last-minute lobbying, rallies, media coverage<br />
  5. 5. Five Story Ideas<br />Medical bankruptcies in your community<br />What is this going to cost me? <br /> Rationing care for the uninsured<br />The In-Betweens: Before Medicare starts<br />Are local health agencies planning ahead?<br />
  6. 6. Medical Bankruptcies<br /> “In the campaign to broaden support for the overhaul of American health care, few arguments have packed as much rhetorical punch as the there-but-for-the-grace-of-God notion that average families, through no fault of their own, are going bankrupt because of medical debt.“<br />Kevin Sack, New York Times, “From the Hospital<br />to Bankruptcy Court,” November 24, 2009<br />
  7. 7. What is this going to cost me? <br />Profile people from different walks of life about:<br />Their current health care costs, <br />How those costs affect the care they get<br />How they might be planning for the changes ahead<br />How might health reform affect them?<br />
  8. 8. Health Budget Cuts<br />Longer wait times for primary care at free clinics?<br />Longer waits for specialty care?<br />Wait list for subsidized insurance programs like Healthy Families?<br />
  9. 9. Rationing care for the poor<br />Long waits for hernia and gall bladder surgery?<br /> What other care is rationed? <br />How do uninsured patients with cancer and other serious diseases get specialized care?<br />How do they get medications? <br />Are HIV/AIDS patients better off than others?<br />
  10. 10. The In-Betweens: What to do before Medicare starts<br />How are people between the ages of 50 and 65 getting health insurance?<br />Many have pre-existing conditions<br />Individual insurance market most affected by proposed health reforms<br />
  11. 11. Resources for staying informed…<br />
  12. 12. Best Overviews<br />California Healthline: digest of California health policy/access news  <br />Kaiser Family Foundation’s health reform page <br />New York Times Health Reform Topic page<br />
  13. 13. Best Blogs<br />Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review<br /> <br />Ezra Klein’s policy blog, Washington Post<br /> <br />The Treatment: blog of Jonathan Cohn, the New Republic writer and author of "Sick" <br /> <br />New York Times’ Prescriptions blog<br />
  14. 14. Best Data Sources<br />HealthyCity.org: California-only data resource for community activists <br />CHCF.org: data on health care access, insurance rates<br />CalHealthReform.org: background on California’s failed health reform efforts<br /> <br />StateHealthFacts.org: comparisons of health costs, the uninsured, etc.<br />
  15. 15. If that seems like a lot to absorb,<br />Be glad you’re not this guy….<br />
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  17. 17. Questions?<br />

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