How Transforming Health will cover the Affordable Care Act debate
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 01.26.17
Photo by AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File
This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, shows the HealthCare.gov 2017 website home page on a laptop in Washington.
Congressional Republicans want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).
It's President Obama's signature health care law, and now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the GOP has an opportunity to pull it back and try something else.
The law is complex, so any change will have a big effect on the entire health care system.
Here's just a sampling of what I've produced so far.
- A health center in Harrisburg tries to keep up with demand, and braces for more
- Stuck in the Obamacare "donut hole", a midstate couple hopes for change with Trump
- Even with Obamacare, a free clinic in Harrisburg is as busy as ever
- Nearly 63,000 in Pa. would lose drug treatment coverage if ACA is repealed
- Small biz group "hopeful" for Affordable Care Act repeal
- Fight against repealing the Affordable Care Act hits Harrisburg
- Powerful hospital group sounds warning about ACA repeal and replace
- And finally, I appeared on Smart Talk to answer lots of questions about the ACA, and the health care system as a whole. Listen here.
There's two major questions to answer in our corner of the world.
1. What kind of impact has the Affordable Care Act had in central Pennsylvania?
2. How will changes to the Affordable Care Act impact people who live here?
That's what I'm going to be covering over the next few weeks and months.
I've been meeting with people who have a true understanding of the health care system, and can offer perspective on how changes would impact them and the people they serve.
Here's what to expect over the coming months.
- A series of in-depth stories with people both positively and negatively impacted by the ACA
- I've already met with a person who has a pre-existing condition, and someone impacted by Medicaid expansion. I've got meetings scheduled with people who have shopped for insurance on healthcare.gov (with both good and bad results), small business owners who feel burned by the ACA, and someone with mixed feelings about the law.
- A story about how the law has impacted the fight against the opioid epidemic
- A data-driven look at who is receiving coverage through Medicaid expansion
- I have request interviews with every federal elected official who represents the midstate
There's a lot here (I'm hoping to squeeze in a bit of an explainer on what the heck this all means), but this is a big story that deserves a lot of attention. Changes to health care affect everyone -- even if you have an employer-sponsored plan!
Want to tell your story? Think I'm missing something? Want to share your thoughts about the law or proposed changes? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, find me on Twitter @BenAllenWITF, or message me on Facebook.
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