PHOENIX, Sept. 26, 2013 — October marks the start of open enrollment, the period of time during which qualified individuals make decisions about enrolling in health plans. But the annual enrollment period will be different this year thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the opening of the state health insurance exchanges. This call explores some of the issues surrounding enrollment, including whether or not employees will look at their enrollment options in a different light given the Affordable Care Act. Our panel of experts review the issues journalists should be paying attention to and offer up story suggestions and reporting tips aimed at both general assignment writers and those on the health care beat.
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Monday, Oct. 28,2013 2 p.m. Eastern
Peter Frost covers the business of health care for the Chicago Tribune. Previously, he covered the maritime and shipbuilding industries as senior business reporter for the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia. Earlier in his career he covered health and environmental and science issues for The Island Packet in South Carolina. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree from Northwestern University.
Reed Abelson has been a business reporter for The New York Times since 1995. She currently covers the business of health care, focusing on how financial incentives affect the delivery of medical care. She has written extensively about the federal health care law and what it means to patients, hospitals, insurers and doctors. Reed was among a team of reporters who were 2004 finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award for their series, “Fixing Medicare.” Reed has also written about a broad range of topics, from the collapse of Enron to the oversight of charitable organizations to accounting to personal investing. Before joining The Times, Reed was a staff writer for SmartMoney. She also worked as a reporter for Forbes and Fortune magazines. She began her journalism career as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Sara Collins is vice president for the Health Care Coverage and Access program at the Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Sara joined the fund in 2002 and has led the fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Dr. Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy.
Karen Pollitz is a Senior Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She works on the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, tracking implementation of private market reforms with a focus on consumer protections. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on national health reform and directed research on private health insurance at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.
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