Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck is a health care reporter for The Well News. She has over six years of experience covering health and medicine topics. Her reporting focuses on stories that illustrate the intersection of health, politics, social trends and science. She tracks health policy changes, women’s health, telemedicine and Big Pharma news. 


Prior to joining the The Well News, Hornbeck worked for hyperlocals in San Francisco, California, and New York City. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received two graduate degrees in public health and journalism. Her undergraduate degree was completed in literary studies at The New School in New York City. 

Recent Work

August 11, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Some in Drug Industry Fear Inflation Reduction Act Could Hinder Drug Innovation

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the roughly $740 billion tax, climate and health care package known as the Inflation Reduction... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the roughly $740 billion tax, climate and health care package known as the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 7, by a vote of 51-50. The massive package includes provisions to reduce drug costs for patients and providers by letting Medicare negotiate... Read More

August 10, 2022
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Novavax Vaccine Does Not See High Demand for Use 

Less than a month after the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization, demand has dwindled. The Food and... Read More

Less than a month after the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorization, demand has dwindled. The Food and Drug Administration on July 13 authorized the vaccine for use in people aged 18 and older.  As of Tuesday, the shares of Novavax fell about 30%... Read More

August 10, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows Major Mental Health Crisis in US Children and Teens

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic children across the U.S. experienced high levels of anxiety and depression. A report released on... Read More

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic children across the U.S. experienced high levels of anxiety and depression. A report released on Aug. 8 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the issue. According to the report, the number of children across the country aged 3-17 who experienced... Read More

August 10, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Highlights Safety Gaps in Patient Care During COVID 

The World Health Organization has been studying the gap in patient care exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A report published Aug. 5... Read More

The World Health Organization has been studying the gap in patient care exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A report published Aug. 5 highlights patient safety issues across all sectors of the health care system. According to the report, an estimated 134 million adverse events occurred annually due to... Read More

August 10, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Prioritizes the Role of Brain Health Throughout Life Span

The World Health Organization is exploring ways to quantify the burden associated with brain diseases. In a position paper published Aug. 9, the... Read More

The World Health Organization is exploring ways to quantify the burden associated with brain diseases. In a position paper published Aug. 9, the organization shows how brain health can be optimized throughout life to reduce the prevalence and burden of neurological disorders.  According to the WHO, there are many... Read More

August 10, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Researchers Find ‘Woodwork Effect’ With Medicaid Enrollment 

New research shows that when adults enroll in Medicaid they are also likely to enroll their eligible children. The additional... Read More

New research shows that when adults enroll in Medicaid they are also likely to enroll their eligible children. The additional enrollment, known as the “woodwork effect,” was shown in a paper published Aug. 9 in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. The study used data from the Oregon... Read More

August 10, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Survey Shows Healthiest States for Dogs

A recent survey led by researchers from Embark, a dog DNA company, examined where in the United States dogs are the healthiest. ... Read More

A recent survey led by researchers from Embark, a dog DNA company, examined where in the United States dogs are the healthiest.  The survey found that the top three states with the highest overall score for dog health were Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. The states with the... Read More

August 10, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
HHS Pushes for More Blood and Plasma Donations 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to increase awareness about blood and plasma donations after the... Read More

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to increase awareness about blood and plasma donations after the supply dropped to historic lows during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department launched a campaign on Aug. 4 to address the shortage. According to HHS, every two seconds someone... Read More

August 4, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Organ Transplant Network Is a ‘System in Need of Repair’ 

WASHINGTON — For 36 years, the United Network for Organ Sharing has provided a system for sick patients to get... Read More

WASHINGTON — For 36 years, the United Network for Organ Sharing has provided a system for sick patients to get donated vital organs but members from the Senate Committee on Finance are finding continued issues with the technology, and the government has little authority to change... Read More

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