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‘Thinking About Health’ columns

Funded with support of a grant from The Commonwealth Fund, a biweekly health care article is provided to Nevada Press Associaition member newspapers at no cost through the Nebraska Press Association Foundation.

Trudy Lieberman

The goal is to provide unbiased, factual stories that readers can use, to help communities address important health care issues. These columns are now in their fifth year and are published in community newspapers across the country. Here’s an article about the series.

It is written by Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 40 years, and the past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists in the U.S. and an adjunct associate professor of public health at the CUNY School of Public Health.

She is a long time contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review and blogs for its website, CJR.org, about media coverage of healthcare, Social Security and retirement. She was a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and regularly contributed to the Prepared Patient blog. She is a contributor to HealthNewsReview. She has had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care, health care financing and long-term care.

Here are recent columns:

Healthcare Industry Fights Revealing Prices for Services


‘Repeal and Replace’ Fails; Now Obamacare Needs Fixing


How Changes in the Affordable Care Act Could Affect You


Readers Ask for Clarifications About Medicare


Don’t Rely on Pharmacies to Catch Drug Interactions


Major Changes May Be Coming to Medicare


Hospitals Are Penalized for Harming Patients


Changing Obamacare Likely To Mean Higher Costs, Less Coverage – or Both


Newly Passed 21st Century Cures Act Is No Panacea


Out-of-Network ER Docs May Charge Big Bucks


What You Need To Know About Choosing Health Insurance


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About Barry Smith

Barry Smith is executive director of the Nevada Press Association. Before joining NPA, he was editor of the Nevada Appeal in Carson City and has been an editor, columnist and reporter.