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.

California gang violence is public health threat

Health officials say there’s a deadly threat to young people that most of us wouldn’t guess: murder.

Deadly risks

California hospitals share data with each other

When I first heard that some surgeons don’t know how often their patients have major complications or die from a procedure, it was hard to believe.

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KQED: Death prompts family's questions about risky surgery

This story originally aired on KQED Public Radio.

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KQED: What patients need to consider before risky surgery

How should patients respond when a doctor recommends they undergo a major surgical procedure?
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Surgery set? Here's what to ask your doctor

How should patients respond when a doctor recommends they undergo a major surgical procedure?

CDC recruits employers to make workplaces healthier

With the holidays behind us, Americans are working on all-too-familiar New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym more or lose a few extra pounds.

Diagnosis of debt

Patient uses law to secure discount on hospital bill

After trying for months to get some relief on $72,000 in medical debt, Andy Gee has made some progress.  

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Diagnosis of Debt: Protect yourself from medical debt

The California Report's host Rachel Myrow and Kelley Weiss talk about tips for avoiding medical debt burdens.
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Diagnosis of Debt: Will help come from government?

We’ve heard a lot about how medical debt is at an all-time high and hurting patients and hospitals alike. So what role does the government have – if any – in protecting patients and hospitals from bad debt? It’s not just a question of should the government get involved, but if it’s politically possible.
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Understanding cost of care key to avoiding debt for patients, hospitals

One of the most promising new approaches to help put the brakes on soaring medical debt is to let patients know in advance of a hospital visit how much their care will cost, and how much they’ll have to personally pay.

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Diagnosis of Debt: Hospitals face challenges getting paid

If you look closely, beyond the white coats and operating rooms, you'll find your hospital is a debt collector chasing millions in unpaid bills. At Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, on a floor most people will never see, Myranda Aguilar works as a billing specialist. She manages about $10.5 million in accounts for patients who haven’t paid off their bills. She’s on the phone most of the time at her cheery cubicle.
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Resources

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

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Diagnosis of Debt: Patients battle mounting bills

Last year about one in four adults under 65 reported having medical debt, an all-time high for the country. That’s because health care costs continue to rise at the same time people are losing their jobs and health coverage.
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KQED's Forum: Reporter Kelley Weiss discusses medical debt

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss was a guest on KQED Public Radio's Forum to discuss medical debt. An increasing number of Americans say they're being pushed into financial ruin by medical debt. Some 20 percent of those seeking financial counseling cite an inability to pay medical bills as the primary factor in declaring bankruptcy. What measures can people take to protect their financial health?

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