20 Health Care Reporters to Follow on Twitter
Keeping up with the many layers of health care — your own personal health insurance and utilization needs, health care reform, and health care politics — can be tough. George Kalogeropoulos, HealthSherpa’s Co-founder and CEO, recently got on Twitter and is quickly finding that the journalists he’s looked to for years are very active in the Tweetosphere. Here are some of his favorites to keep you in the know during open enrollment season and all year long.
The Axios Vitals newsletter (compiled by Sam Baker) is a must-read for anyone interested in straightforward news on the day-to-day workings of health care attitudes and public policy. It also links to longer stories by the Axios writing staff, especially Caitlyn and Bob. It’s great content that makes you feel smart about health care.
Julie Rovner (Kaiser Health News)
Julie Rovner literally wrote the book on health care — Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z. After 16 years covering health care for NPR, Rovner is now with Kaiser Health News, where her podcast “What the Health?” is an essential listen that’s just the right length (usually about 25 minutes) to go a little deeper on the topics of the day. Other journalists on this list are frequent guests, along with health care policy leaders. Subscribe and feel smarter for only 20 minutes time commitment per week!
Among the many contributions that Sarah Kliff has made to the national health care discussion is the fantastic ER bill project, which seeks to uncover the way emergency rooms overbill patients and insurers. She did the same thing with her own bills from her recent pregnancy and child birth. Dylan Scott provides solid and entertaining commentary on the intersection of health care and politics — and also throws in his share of Cleveland sports commentary as well!
Reed Abelson (New York Times)
Abelson provides the solid reporting you would expect from the Paper of Record. Recent articles include one on innovative approaches large employers are using to tackle health care costs and employee health care literacy.
Where the Times reporters get to the essences through old-fashioned reporting, the Upshot team reports from a largely data-driven perspective. Carroll, a pediatrician and professor in Indiana, brings a consistent medical professional perspective to stories like this one about how we got an employer-based health care system in the U.S. Frakt is taking on an original-sin approach of late, first mapping how health care costs started to boom in the early ‘80s and more recently providing the same historical mapping for prescription drug prices starting in the ‘90s. Sanger-Katz provides a data-driven look at politics and policy, like this article on Medicaid and voting habits, to see what’s working as intended for politicians and, frequently, what they’re doing totally wrong. She’s also a frequent guest on Julie Rovner’s “What the Health?” podcast for Kaiser Health News.
Shelby Livingston (Modern Healthcare)
Livingston provides consistent, balanced coverage of the industry for those who are in the industry, but written in a way that anyone can gain from her reporting insights. Her recent coverage of the individual market numbers serves as just one example.
Zachary Tracer (Business Insider)
Tracer largely covers the industry from a business perspective, which is far more interesting and enlightening to a general audience than it might sound at first. He also got much love from fellow health care reporters recently for a story about how he got serious about selecting his company-offered health benefits this year. Serious, go read it — it’s a great first-person view on how tough it can be to choose the right plan.
Bertha Coombs (CNBC)
Coombs has covered health care for CNBC for more than a decade and consistently finds new and human-centered topics related to the business side of health care politics and policy. You get a lucid and engaging sense of her perspective in her great written piece, “Why we should be ornery about health care — it’s a good thing.”
The health care policy beat is covered thoroughly by the team at Politico, starting with Dan Diamond’s authoritative M-F daily newsletter Politico Pulse. Both national and local angles are covered, with an eye toward left-right differences and ways to bridge those gaps. A recent example is Paul Demko’s recent “How one state that hates Obamacare still makes it work.”
Stephanie Armour (Wall Street Journal)
Armour provides comprehensive coverage of the top issues in healthcare policy and politics, with a particular focus on the issues surrounding national politics. Recent examples include a roundup of what impact the midterm election had on the health care debate going forward.
Paige Winfield Cunningham (Washington Post)
Cunningham writes the Post’s “The Health 202,” which is part of their PowerPost section aimed toward providing important insights for business and political leaders. But it’s good stuff for the rest of us, too. Here’s a recent article she wrote on what to look for during this year’s open enrollment period for individual coverage.
Jonathan Cohn (Huffington Post)
Cohn is the author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis-and the People Who Pay the Price and a long-time editor for the Huffington Post. He also provides a solid stream of retweets that can connect you to the health care policy world of Twitter.
Allison Bell (ThinkAdvisor)
Bell writes from the industry perspective about insurance and benefits. Her coverage is both comprehensive and even-handed, making it easy to understand a very complex business from inside the business.