Kelley Weiss

Center for Health Reporting

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 the Center 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.

Deadly Paint

Lead paint still a hazard for most vulnerable kids

Children’s advocates are hoping for a big Christmas present this year – a billion dollars to remove toxic lead paint from homes. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge has until the end of the year to decide if paint companies should pay to get rid of lead paint still in thousands of older homes around the state.
Changes Coming

New options, strategies for those with insurance

Andre Blaze of Orange has been watching the rollout of Obamacare with a growing sense of dread. As a self-employed financial services marketing consultant, Blaze has bought his own health insurance for the last 30 years. The irony now, he said, is that the Affordable Care Act won’t bring him much relief.

Shopping for insurance outside of Covered California

The health exchange – Covered California – is open for business and all over the news. But many Californians won’t land there to buy insurance.

Workplace Wellness

New Version of Workplace Wellness Programs: Carrot or Stick?

Kimberley Macgregor, a bookkeeper at a Ralphs in Burbank, says it’s almost impossible to stay up to date on her health benefits. She flips through a glossy pamphlet which features an array of fruits and vegetables and a woman meditating.
Changes Coming

Obamacare to force millions to upgrade insurance

Despite promises by President Obama that people can keep the insurance they have once Obamacare is in full effect in January, millions will have to upgrade their policies. That’s because these people have “bare bones” plans that don’t meet the Affordable Care Act benefit standards.

Small business employees could be on their own after health reform kicks in

Today about half of small businesses in California offer health insurance.

After Obamacare hits, that number might not increase very much.  

Can I keep my doctor under Obamacare?

When it comes to the federal health care law, there’s a burning question on most people’s minds -- “Can I keep my doctor?”

For many people the answer is yes.

Feds ease income verification for exchanges

The federal government recently said states won’t have to verify the personal income of people receiving Obamacare, at least not in the beginning.

Obamacare employer mandate delay surprise, what's it mean?

After today’s bombshell announcement by the Obama Administration that it is

Obamacare employer penalties not so simple

There’s been a lot of speculation about what will happen next year when businesses have to offer workers health insurance or pay a fine under Obamacare. 

Obamacare Employer Penalties

Will Obamacare fines help or hurt California workers?

For many businesses Obamacare is downright intimidating. The requirement to provide coverage to full-time employees or potentially face thousands of dollars in fines is what’s really worrying some large companies.

Small businesses still largely confused about Obamacare

With less than a year to go before the full rollout of Obamacare, many business owners are still scratching their heads over what it will mean for them.

Immediately bench athletes with concussion signs

New recommendations from the American Academy of Neurologists add to the swell of research and attention being paid to concussions in youth athletes. 

How much do you "like" your hospital?

Clicking that thumbs-up “like” button on Facebook is moving beyond cute baby photos and hip new restaurants in town. Now hospitals are joining the mix.

School health centers get final health reform grants

The last influx of federal funds to boost California’s school health centers came just before the New Year. 

Wellness Business

Beyond white collar workers, wellness programs growing

When you hear the phrase workplace wellness you might think of a Google employee doing yoga. But these days, bosses from Silicon Valley to manufacturing plants are trying to get their workers in better shape.

More businesses try to get workers healthier

As if fitting into your favorite pair of “skinny jeans” isn’t enough…your boss might give you a discount on your health insurance if you do.

Few Takers

Small businesses shun health subsidies

This month the Supreme Court could strike down President Obama’s historic health care law, which has sparked a fiery debate around the country for the last two years. But politics aside, for many it’s difficult to see how the law has actually changed their lives because several of the provisions are not in place yet.

Health care costs slow in California - what's it mean?

When it comes to health care in California, low cost is not the first thing that comes to mind. But it turns out that the Golden State spends less than most others on health care.

Bosses shift costs

Consumer's guide to high-deductible health plans

If you work at a small business and have health insurance, odds are about 50-50 that you’ll have a high-deductible health plan according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
Bosses shift costs

More small businesses try high-deductible health plans

It’s no secret that health care costs are skyrocketing, and that some businesses are dropping their coverage for employees. At the same time many more – particularly small businesses – are trying to hang on by offering high-deductible health plans. To put it simply, these firms are shifting costs to their employees.

Reshuffling Medicare costs, does it add up?

The debate in Washington over how to find savings in the mammoth Medicare program has been going on for years.

Cavity Kids

KQED: Response to outcry over kids' dental program

Since February, reports from the CHCF Center for Health Reporting and The Sacramento Bee have painted a grim picture of low-income children waiting for months or even years to see a dentist in Sacramento. And now some state lawmakers are calling for immediate action. Almost two decades ago, the state started a managed care pilot program in Sacramento County for children’s dental care. Since then, several families have described harrowing instances of long wait times and unsuccessful attempts to get through the red tape.

Humanitarian group helps give out free medications

Every year thousands of patients get free prescription drugs to manage illnesses ranging from diabetes to heart disease.

One-stop shop

Health centers in L.A. schools offer privacy for students

Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students. In Los Angeles County there are more than 60 school health centers. One of them is at Abraham Lincoln High School where students often visit a modest trailer at the back of the sprawling campus. It's in a neighborhood near downtown L.A. where houses are missing windows and have peeling paint.
One-stop shop

School health centers grow in California

About 20 years ago California was one of the first states to try a new concept of setting up full-service health clinics on school campuses in underserved areas.

One-stop shop

Health centers at schools get a funding boost

Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students. At Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles students often visit a modest trailer at the back of the sprawling campus. It's in a neighborhood near downtown L.A. where houses are missing windows and have peeling paint.
One-stop shop

Schools mirror community's health

When I heard that high school students were regularly missing class because cockroaches were lodged in their ears, it was shocking.

Patient's persistence nearly eliminates $72,000 medical debt

Andy Gee says he never thought he would see his crushing medical debt basically disappear.

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This story originally aired on KQED Public Radio.

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