Talking Health: A Webcast on Covering the Underinsured

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<p>A series of health-related webcasts, <a href="/multimedia/multimedia_show.htm?doc_id=693261&min=true">Talking Health,</a> debuted last week with an episode on the growing problem of the underinsured—people who have insurance but are still at risk for substantial out-of-pocket expenses.<br><br>Talking Health is presented by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), The Commonwealth Fund, and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. An <a href="/multimedia/multimedia_show.htm?doc_id=693261&min=true">archived version</a> of the webcast on the underinsured is now available on the Commonwealth Fund Web site.<br><br>The program featured panelists Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., an assistant vice president at The Commonwealth Fund; Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health; and Mila Kofman, Maine's superintendent of insurance. In a special feature of the webcast, two journalists, Julie Appleby of <em>USA Today</em> and Reed Abelson of <em>The New York Times,</em> offered suggestions and ideas for reporters based on the information discussed by the panelists. AHCJ board president Trudy Lieberman moderated both sessions.</p>