Julie Appleby

Julie Appleby reports on the implementation of the health care overhaul law, the interplay of health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy issues affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her KHN stories have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC, among others. Before joining KHN in March 2009, Appleby spent 10 years on the health care industry and policy beat for USA Today. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif. She serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists and her education includes a Master of Public Health degree. | Contact: JulieA@kff.org | @Julie_Appleby
  • Finance Bill’s Fine Print May Cause Sticker Shock For Some Consumers

    Legislation seeks to limit the amount low-and middle-income people will pay for health insurance. But a shift in the way their share of the premium is calculated in the second year of the program may make it more expensive.

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Proposed Tax Rattles Orthopedic Device Industry

    People are worried in towns like Warsaw, Ind., considered the "orthopedic device manufacturing capital" of the world. The industry is fighting the $4 billion-a-year tax included in the Senate Finance Committee bill to help pay for health reform.

    Oct 14, 2009

  • Checking In With Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

    Long-time advocate for health care reform says current Democratic proposals don't offer consumers enough choice, which he says creates competition and makes coverage more affordable.

    Sep 18, 2009

  • How Republicans Would Overhaul the Health System: The Wish List

    The GOP's plans – which would revamp medicaid and create new medical malpractice courts -- have little chance of passage, but are having an impact on the debate.

    Sep 16, 2009

  • Coburn Bill Would Create Panel to Oversee Quality

    Bill raises questions among some Conservatives, who worry it creates a new bureaucracy.

    Sep 16, 2009

  • Children Gain Insurance, Adults Lose In 2008

    Federal and state programs drive down uninsured rate for children, but adults continue to lose job-based coverage, according to Census report.

    Sep 10, 2009

  • Health Insurance: How Much More Should Older People Pay?

    Maria Bishop, age 60, pays $500 a month for health insurance. Chris Denny, 27, pays $117. In most states, insurers can charge older customers far more than younger ones. As Congress wrestles with a health care overhaul, lawmakers are debating new limits that could narrow the difference.

    Aug 31, 2009

  • Checking In With Ascension Health, Largest Catholic Health System

    With 66 general hospitals, cancer centers, home services, clinics and nursing homes, Ascension Health is an important player in the U.S. health care system. President and CEO Anthony Tersigni has a message for Washington lawmakers: "We want to make sure we keep the agenda on the right focus - caring for all in this country."

    Aug 18, 2009

  • Five Lessons From Seattle On Adopting Electronic Medical Records

    In Seattle, three major hospital systems have sophisticated electronic medical records, one of the many goals of health reform. But the systems can’t talk to each other. Overcoming the obstacles will take 'federal will and money.'

    Aug 10, 2009

  • Checking In With Health Insurers' Chief Lobbyist Karen Ignagni

    In just the last few weeks, Karen Ignagni, the health industry’s chief lobbyist, has faced Democratic accusations that insurers are "villains" and "immoral." In an interview with KHN, Ignagni discussed her take on the Democratic political assault, her industry’s end-game strategy and her unflagging opposition to a public plan.

    Aug 06, 2009