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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Veteran health journalist Barbara Feder Ostrov blogs about all things health journalism-related, in particular providing tips for reporters covering health policy, health reform, public health, community health, local health issues, access to care, health insurance, SCHIP, Medicaid and Medicare.

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A scandalous situation involving a health care district in one of California’s most affluent regions raises the question: how are these taxpayer-supported agencies spending — or hoarding — their money?

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A journalist examines why Americans don't walk, and why they need to for the nation's health.

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In the wake of the Oikos University mass shooting in California earlier this week, it's time to reconsider media coverage of mental health issues in the Asian-American community.

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Journalists and pundits alike speculated freely this week about how the Supreme Court will rule on health reform, based mostly on the justices' comments during oral arguments. Should they have?

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In need of some comic relief amid all the Serious and Important coverage of the Supreme Court's hearings on the Affordable Care Act this week? Check out these health reform parodies.

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Health reform’s second birthday today is partially eclipsed by intense media coverage of next week’s unprecedented Supreme Court hearings on whether it will survive. Here’s a roundup of smart analysis on both fronts.

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Is health reform to "blame" for sea changes in San Francisco's experiment in universal access to health care for city residents? Learn more and get tips for reporting on health reform in your own community.

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"You couldn't make up a story that good." Author Ricki Lewis talks how she reported and wrote her new nonfiction book about gene therapy.

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After skimming health care news and research reports day after day, I often pine for the time to savor a good long read. Here are five long-form health stories that are well worth your time.

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Health fraud is a hot topic this week. Do you know what's happening in your own community? Get tips for finding out.

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