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
The ruling on Medicaid creates a new arena for political battles in the 26 states that sued to overturn the law. Within hours of the decision, Republican officials in several states said they were likely to oppose expanding the program.
Provisions to protect those with pre-existing illnesses and subject insurers to greater scrutiny are at risk if the law is struck.
A provision in the health law requiring free contraceptive coverage has gotten most of the press, but much more is at stake for women if the Supreme Court strikes down the law.
UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Humana said no matter how the Supreme Court rules on the health law, they would continue to allow young adults coverage on their parents' plans and offer no-copayment preventive services.
A new study finds prices rose at least five times faster than overall inflation for emergency room visits, outpatient surgery and facility-based mental health and substance abuse care from 2009 to 2010.
The desire to attract top employees is driving a long-term trend toward coverage. Last year, 52 percent of all employers offered domestic partner health benefits, with the percentage varying widely by region and industry. KHN's Julie Appleby filed this story.
Study projects refunds under the health care law will vary widely by state.
The policy would have the greatest impact on women and children.
Nine groups list 45 practices they say are overused and may harm patients.
Whether such programs spur long-term change is unclear, and some fear discrimination against those with chronic conditions.