INTERNET RESOURCES FOR COVERING HEALTH
Alliance for Health Reform
Non-partisan non-profit has info, workshops, journalist's sourcebook,
issue briefs and links .
American Association of Health Plans
Trade association for HMOs and similar health plans.
Association of Health Care Journalists
Membership group for journalists covering health issues.
BCBS Technology Evaluation Center
Blue Cross reviews of effectiveness of treatments, medical devices;
a good crosscheck.
Center for Health Care Strategies
Advocacy and research group has story ideas, background and sources.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Formerly HCFA, has info on Medicare, Medicaid and Children's
Health Insurance programs, plus local contacts.
Research and advocacy group has online studies, e-mail alerts, contacts
sorted by topic.
Community Health Leaders
Robert Wood Johnson program that recognizes people who deliver health
care to underserved populations. Check for story ideas and contacts
(searchable by topic and by state).
Consumer advocacy group's health care page.
Covering Health Issues
Nonprofit sourcebook has story ideas, contacts, and
tips for TV and radio journalists. Tips now available in Spanish:
Covering the Quality of Health Care
Resource guide for reporters with quick reference info, background
Duke University's Health Policy Cyberexchange
Searchable information on key policy issues and a guide to "who's
who" in health policy.
Non-profit health services research group, evaluates medical technology
Electronic Policy Network
Links to releases on health policy from various advocacy groups.
Advocacy group offers state-by-state resources on health policy
Health and Human Services
Links to reports from the federal Department of Health and Human
Health Insurance Association of America
Trade and lobbying group for health insurance companies.
Health News Review
Non-profit studies reporting on health, defines concepts
reporters should understand when reporting on research studies.
Health Policy Tracking Service
State-level information, from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Improving Medical Journalism
A reading list from former reporter Gary Schwitzer, now at the University
Kaiser Family Foundation
Research and analysis of health care issues, sorted by topic, plus
daily e-mail update list and video briefings.
Kaiser Foundation news site with daily updates and in-depth
coverage of health issues.
State Health Facts
Searchable health data on all 50 states, from Kaiser Family Foundation.
Online news service tracks reporting on healthcare issues around
United Health Foundation-State Rankings
Annual report ranks states on health measures.