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
  • A Look At Comparative Effectiveness Research

    Under the new health law, a nonprofit entity called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute will be established to carry out a comparative effectiveness research agenda, starting in 2012. The law bars the government from using findings as the sole basis for decisions about what Medicare will cover.

    Jun 08, 2010

  • Insurance Industry Faces Tough Scrutiny From Federal Watchdogs

    A foursome of longtime industry watchdogs are helping steer the federal government's effort to overhaul the private insurance market. Karen Pollitz, Steve Larsen, Jay Angoff and Richard Popper have top spots in the newly minted Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

    Jun 01, 2010

  • Insurance Regulators Wrestle With Definition Of 'Unreasonable' Rate Increases

    State and federal officials are wrestling with how to define "unreasonable" premium increases, a thorny issue Congress has handed regulators.

    May 17, 2010

  • Lobbyists Have Long Wish List For New Health Rules

    Now that the health care bill is law, an array of groups -- representing doctors, insurers, small businesses and others -- have switched to their post-passage game plans. Among their top goals: Helping shape the all-important regulations being written by the Obama administration.

    May 14, 2010

  • Groups Vie For A Piece Of Health Law's $15 Billion Prevention Fund

    Public health officials and a host of prevention and wellness groups have sharply different ideas about how to spend a big pot of new federal prevention money – a $15 billion fund that’s part of the new health overhaul law.

    May 07, 2010

  • Groups Vie for $15 Billion In Prevention Money

    Public health officials and a host of prevention and wellness groups have sharply different ideas about how to spend a big pot of new federal prevention money – a $15 billion fund that’s part of the new health overhaul law.

    May 06, 2010

  • Hospitals Criticized For Keeping Quiet On Charity Care

    Too many nonprofit hospitals fail to adequately publicize their charity-care programs, two advocacy groups say in a survey report released today.

    May 05, 2010

  • Changes Coming To Insurance Plans

    Consumers soon will see plans without lifetime coverage limits or the ability to drop enrollees retroactively, plus there will be added benefits for children and reviews of rate increases.

    Apr 06, 2010

  • The Immediate Effects Of The Health Reform Bill

    A number of provisions in the health bill would take effect within a few months. The question for Democrats is whether promoting the early changes will help them in November.

    Mar 22, 2010

  • Nine Major Changes In The Democrats' New Health Reform Bill

    In their push to pass a sweeping health care overhaul this weekend, House Democrats unveiled a package of legislative fixes to lure undecided or opposed members of their party to the “yes” category.

    Mar 18, 2010