Jenny Deam

Jenny Deam is a reporter covering health care.

Known for her sharp news instincts and narrative writing skills, Deam came to ProPublica from the Houston Chronicle, where she had worked since 2015. With an investigative focus on the business of health care, she wrote about health care fraud and the uneasy intersection of politics, providers and the insurance industry. Her reporting on systemic billing irregularities led to tough new patient protection laws.

Before the Chronicle, Deam was based in Denver as a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, covering Colorado and the region. Her work there included extensive coverage of the Aurora movie theater massacre and its aftermath, the early days of marijuana legalization and the rise of fracking. She has also reported for the Denver Post, St. Petersburg Times and Kansas City Star.

A two-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, Deam was part of the team that became a finalist for Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2018 for coverage of Hurricane Harvey.

A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.

Non-COVID patients are paying a price as the delta variant and low-vaccination rates overwhelm hospitals across the country. “Wait times can now be measured in days,” said an expert.

The CDC Only Tracks a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections, Even as Cases Surge

A May 1 decision by the CDC to only track breakthrough infections that lead to hospitalization or death has left the nation with a muddled understanding of COVID-19’s impact on the vaccinated.

“Don’t You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Amid a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” more than 40% of the nation’s nursing home and long-term health care workers have yet to receive vaccinations.

Some Hospitals Kept Suing Patients Over Medical Debt Through the Pandemic

Court actions by hospitals to collect patient debt dropped sharply during the pandemic. But a new study says some of the nation’s largest hospital systems kept filing lawsuits, liens and garnishments — and most were nonprofit.

He Bought Health Insurance for Emergencies. Then He Fell Into a $33,601 Trap.

Since the Trump administration deregulated the health insurance industry, there’s been an explosion of short-term plans that leave patients with surprise bills and providers with huge revenue.

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