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April 4, 2018 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Video: Introduction
Video: Moderated Discussion
Video: Audience Q&A

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The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation hosted this panel session with leading health care journalists about the rapidly shifting health policy landscape in Washington DC. Panelists discussed the high drama of a tumultuous year in health policy that has seen repeated congressional attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the resignation of a cabinet secretary amidst scandal, and a steady effort to undermine Obama-era priorities. Further, the panel explored the role of journalism in modern policy-making, and how social media impacts the dialogue.


  • Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead coverage of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, she authored the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z.

  • Margot Sanger-Katz is a domestic correspondent at the New York Times, where she coveres health care for The Upshot. She was previously a reporter at National Journal and the Concord Monitor, and an editor at Legal Affairs Magazine and the Yale Alumni Magazine.

  • Rachana Pradhan is a health care reporter for POLITICO, where she covers the Affordable Care Act's intersection with federal and state health care politics. She joined POLITICO in 2014 after covering implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Inside Health Policy, a Washington-based health care trade publication. Pradhan got her start in journalism covering city government for the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Moderator: Emma Sandoe is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Harvard Program in Health Policy, studying Political Analysis. Previously, she worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services Budget Office, and the Center for American Progress.

Sponsored by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School; the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy; the Harvard T. H. Chan Student Association (HCSA) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and the Harvard Health Law Society at Harvard Law School. 


Video: Introduction
Video: Moderated Discussion
Video: Audience Q&A


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