Covering Obamacare in Ohio: Tips for Journalists

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

An exclusive ONA webinar presented by Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Date and Time: June 19, 10 to 11 a.m.
Cost: Free for staff at ONA member papers
Registration: To register, use the form at the bottom of the page.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly called the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” is the most significant change in the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. But is your newspaper prepared to report on Obamacare as  coverage of the act changes from the politics of Obamacare to what the act means for average Ohioans?

This one-hour webinar by award-winning healthcare reporter Lisa Bernard-Kuhn will help your journalists and editors not only understand what comes next with Obamacare but also how to craft stories your readers will both read and find informative.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Up next for Obamacare
    An overview of key dates and stories to prepare for ahead of the next round of open enrollment in the new marketplaces and rollout (maybe?) of Obamacare’s employer mandate.
  • Using “big data” to tell compelling stories
    A definite buzz phrase in health care, “big data” is increasingly being used by health systems to reshape the way they deliver care.  We’ll offer a primer on the big stories journalists can uncover using the same data, made available thanks to the ACA.
  • Transforming Medicaid, what it means for your community
    Tens of thousands of Ohioans are enrolling into Medicaid, thanks to rule changes ushered in by the ACA. We offer a primer on what’s happened so far, and the big & local stories on the horizon.
  • Mental Illness & addiction
    Obamacare requires insurers to cover mental health and substance abuse care. So what does that look like in a state that is at the epicenter of the nation’s heroin & opioid addiction epidemic? We examine this new piece of policy and offer suggestions for uncovering how it’s really being practiced across the state.
  • Health system mergers consolidations acquisition 101
    Your community hospital just acquired another physician practice. Or more likely – announced they’ve aligned with another health system. There’s more to this story than the press release provides. We’ll offer a look at what’s fueling these changes and some story ideas to help readers understand how these big changes might impact their pocketbooks.
  • Reality check
    Tips on finding experts, key sources and “real people” to help tell your stories

About Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn is an award-winning journalist at The Cincinnati Enquirer, where she covers America’s changing health care industry and the impact it’s having on our lives and businesses.

Since arriving at The Enquirer in 2007, Bernard-Kuhn has covered Cincinnati’s top business news: The revamp of Cincinnati’s riverfront and rise of The Banks, Over-the-Rhine’s rebirth, Procter & Gamble’s leadership shake-ups and the nation’s foreclosure crisis. She’s received several awards for her work, including being named finalist in 2014 for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.   Previously, she worked as a business reporter at The Dayton Daily News where she covered real estate, retail and development. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Oh., she began her career at the Hamilton JournalNews in 2002.