Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck was a health care reporter for The Well News from March 2021 to August 2022. She has experience covering health and medicine topics. Her reporting focused on stories at the intersection of health, politics, social trends and science. She tracked health policy changes, women’s health and telemedicine news. 

Prior to joining the TWN, Hornbeck worked for hyper local publications in San Francisco, California, and New York City. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received 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

July 20, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
US No Longer Miles Ahead in Research and Development Rankings

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is no longer at the top in all areas of research and development, according to speakers... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is no longer at the top in all areas of research and development, according to speakers from a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event on Tuesday to examine how America can maintain its competitiveness. “It is number one or number two in... Read More

July 19, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Moves to Address Data Privacy Concerns Post-Dobbs

WASHINGTON — The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act is floating through the House and Senate, taking aim at... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act is floating through the House and Senate, taking aim at whether the government should be able to access personal data, such as sensitive health information. “There’s been a lot of discussion about period-tracking apps and other... Read More

July 14, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Preparations Begin for White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

WASHINGTON — The Bipartisan Policy Center and Tufts University co-hosted an event on July 14 to discuss the challenges of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Bipartisan Policy Center and Tufts University co-hosted an event on July 14 to discuss the challenges of food and nutrition in the U.S., in advance of the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in over 50 years, to be held... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Doggett Moves to Assure Medicare’s Promise Through Greater Tax Fairness 

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, is pushing to preserve health care coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities by establishing greater... Read More

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, is pushing to preserve health care coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities by establishing greater tax fairness, preventing disruption of benefits and providing sufficient time to implement cost-saving measures. Doggett introduced the Assuring Medicare’s Promise Act on July 11. Current loopholes in existing laws... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
California Moves to Produce Its Own Supply of Insulin

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced last week that the state will begin manufacturing its own low-cost insulin.  “Nothing epitomizes market failures... Read More

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced last week that the state will begin manufacturing its own low-cost insulin.  “Nothing epitomizes market failures more than the cost of insulin,” Newsom said in a video announcement. According to Newsom, many Americans experience out-of-pocket costs for insulin ranging from $300 to... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Health Data 

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on July 8 to better protect patient privacy and sensitive health-related data for... Read More

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on July 8 to better protect patient privacy and sensitive health-related data for those accessing reproductive health care.  The order comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a legal case... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
The Push for Parity Within Indian Health Service

A bill known as the Urban Indian Health Confer Act aims to give Native Americans and Alaska Natives living in... Read More

A bill known as the Urban Indian Health Confer Act aims to give Native Americans and Alaska Natives living in urban areas more of an active voice in the federal health care policies that affect them.  The House bill, H.R. 5221, was introduced by Rep. Raúl... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows How Language-Concordant Care Impacts Health Outcomes 

Patients with medical providers who speak the same language have better outcomes, according to a study published on July 11... Read More

Patients with medical providers who speak the same language have better outcomes, according to a study published on July 11 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  The findings of the study indicate that patients who speak languages other than English are up to 54% less likely... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Examines Issues Regarding Access to Genomics Technologies  

The World Health Organization is exploring the future of genomics technologies, tools and therapies for analyzing or manipulating genomic information... Read More

The World Health Organization is exploring the future of genomics technologies, tools and therapies for analyzing or manipulating genomic information to better diagnose, prevent and treat diseases.  The organization’s July 12 report examines the ethical, legal and social issues tied to this expensive technology.  Ethical risks include... Read More

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