Apply for SABEW’s Health Care Economics 3-Day Fellowship

Posted By Crystal Beasley

HP SlideSABEW is seeking applications for a workshop that will help journalists better understand health care economics and provide an update on the Affordable Care Act. The retreat-style training program comes during insurance-enrollment season, during which more than 8 million Americans are expected to use government exchanges. Health-care economics, meanwhile, continue to be a central issue in the 2016 elections.

This 3-day Fellowship opportunity is being offered through a grant from The Commonwealth Fund. Selected journalists will receive a stipend to offset travel expenses. The American Institute of Economic Research is hosting the event on its campus in the picturesque Berkshires, near Great Barrington, Mass. Lodging is in the historic Stone House.

At the workshop, you’ll learn:

  • The economics of health care and its costs, from Abe Dunn, the chief health care economist from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Facts and figures on Massachusetts’ long experience with exchanges and affordable health care, from veteran reporter Priyanka Dayal McCluskey.
  • The latest data from two researchers at the Georgetown Health Policy Institute, focusing on issues relating to health care financing, the uninsured, federal health-insurance reforms, quality of care and outcomes research, mental-health services research, and the impact of changes in the health care market on providers and patients.
  • Updates from health care law expert Ellen Fuse Brown on upcoming challenges to the ACA.

Workshop attendees will be able to share and test out story ideas at this fourth annual Business of Health Care Summit. The program begins the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 8, and ends 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. This retreat-style workshop setting is a favorite among journalists.

Space is limited to 17 journalists, applications due Oct. 20. Send an email with your name, title, news organization and phone number plus three paragraphs about why you wish to attend and what you hope to learn. The email subject line should read “APPLICATION FOR HEALTH CARE WORKSHOP.” Send to sabew@sabew.org.

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