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The U.S. Supreme Court's Health Reform Ruling: Reporting Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court's Health Reform Ruling: Reporting Resources

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Tuesday's tweet from journalist Jonathan Chait said it best: SCOTUS is going to make me die of heart failure before I can be denied coverage for a preexisting condition.

As policy wonks, news pundits, health advocates and patients anxiously await the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act expected on Thursday, it seems like almost every news story you can imagine has a health reform angle.

And it's going to stay that way for a while. Fortunately, here are some reporting resources to get you through the next few days; I'll update this list as the webcasts and media calls continue to roll in:

Online Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court's website has organized all of its Affordable Care Act case documents on this page; you should find the actual ruling here after it's handed down on Thursday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing in March about potential political and policy ramifications of the Supreme Court ruling; here's the transcript. The health policy think tank's infographics on the Affordable Care Act also are useful.

The Alliance for Health Reform offers useful links on its Reporter's Guide to the Supreme Court Arguments on Health Reform page.  

Kaiser Health News' resource page on the decision offers analysis, news stories and key court documents.


The respected SCOTUS Blog will live blog the ruling and reaction to it throughout the day on Thursday; check out Dean Emeritus of the U.S. Supreme Court Press Corps Lyle Denniston's final thoughts ahead of the health reform ruling.

Ezra Klein, who supports the Affordable Care Act, and his Wonkblog health reporter, Sarah Kliff, will be in overdrive Thursday as they blog the decision for the Washington Post.

Conservative blogger Avik Roy, who writes The Apothecary blog for Forbes, will also live-blog the decision Thursday, presenting a counterpoint to supporters of Obamacare.

Press Calls:

California journalists will want to take note of the joint The California Endowment/Health Access press call scheduled for 12 PST noon on Thursday.

Webinars and Webcasts

Kaiser Health News and the SCOTUS Blog will hold a joint webcast at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday about the decision's impact.

Noted health policy researcher Gerald Kominski will talk about what happens after the decision in a webinar sponsored by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Click here to attend.

Comic Relief

Yeah, you could use some right about now. Here you go.

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