Resources

HospitalBillHelp.org: Information about California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act, how to manage medical debt

Hospital Fair Pricing Act: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

JustHealth: consumer group helping patients with medical bills

Consumer Reports: How to check medical bills for errors and avoid excessive debt

The Access Project: National group studying medical debt

2010 survey tracking medical debt by The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health care research group 

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions: Nonprofit company specializing in debt management

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Kelley Weiss

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss is based in our Sacramento office where she’s helping lead the center’s expansion into public broadcasting. Her stories have appeared on NPR,Marketplace, The World, KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and World Vision Report. She’s produced series about the illegal sale of prescription drugs at swap meets and preventable patient deaths and money mismanagement in Missouri’s mental health system. She won a 2009 national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and has received several honors in the Association of Health Care Journalists awards competition. She was named a Livingston Finalist in 2011 for a multi-platform project about how tribal sovereignty makes it nearly impossible for mothers to collect child support. Weiss previously worked as a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KCUR in Kansas City. Her work has also appeared in Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle and theCenter for Investigative Reporting. She’s completed a health reporting fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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