Selena Simmons-Duffin Selena Simmons-Duffin reports on health policy for NPR.
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Selena Simmons-Duffin reports on health policy for NPR.

She has worked at NPR for ten years as a show editor and producer, with one stopover at WAMU in 2017 as part of a staff exchange. For four months, she reported local Washington, DC, health stories, including a secretive maternity ward closure and a gesundheit machine.

Before coming to All Things Considered in 2016, Simmons-Duffin spent six years on Morning Edition working shifts at all hours and directing the show. She also drove the full length of the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014 for the "Borderland" series.

She won a Gracie Award in 2015 for creating a video called "Talking While Female," and a 2014 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for producing a series on why you should love your microbes.

Simmons-Duffin attended Stanford University, where she majored in English. She took time off from college to do HIV/AIDS-related work in East Africa. She started out in radio at Stanford's radio station, KZSU, and went on to study documentary radio at the Salt Institute, before coming to NPR as an intern in 2009.

She lives in Washington, DC, with her spouse and kids.

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As Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate again on Tuesday night, health care proposals are likely to come up, as they did during the November 20 debate. Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., (left) Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (right) will be among the candidates debating. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. John Dunlap runs a direct primary care practice in Overland Park, Kan., offering patients direct access to him by phone and longer appointment times. The model is similar to concierge medicine. Barrett Emke for NPR hide caption

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'Concierge' Medicine Gets More Affordable But Is Still Not Widespread

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Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

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Consumers hoping to buy individual health care plans on HealthCare.gov have until Wednesday at 3 a.m. ET to sign up. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Government Extends Open Enrollment For ACA Health Plans, But Only For 36 Hours

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House Passes Bill To Bring Down Price Of Prescription Drugs

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The House voted to pass Speaker Nancy Pelosi's prescription drug bill. The plan proposes, among other things, allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with drugmakers for some drugs. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The House Passed Its Prescription Drug Plan — Here's What's In It

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Prescription Drug Pricing Gets A Vote

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Clarifying The Vocabulary That's Surrounding The Medicare For All Debate

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White House Announces Program To Distribute Free HIV-Prevention Medication

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A police forensic officer walks by a sign for London Bridge after a fatal stabbing incident on Friday. Two people were killed and three remain in the hospital as of early Saturday morning local time, according to police. Authorities have called the stabbing a terror attack. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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Future Of Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Remains Uncertain

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Sandra King Young runs Medicaid in American Samoa, a U.S. territory that faces dramatic funding cuts to islanders' health care unless Congress acts. "This is the United States' shame in the islands," she says. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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America's 'Shame': Medicaid Funding Slashed In U.S. Territories

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Open Enrollment For 2020 Obamacare Has Begun

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One rule announced by the Trump administration Friday puts pressure on hospitals to reveal what they charge insurers for procedures and services. Critics say the penalty for not following the rule isn't stiff enough to be a an effective deterrent. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Trump Wants Insurers and Hospitals To Show Real Prices To Patients

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