Sarah Kliff is one of the country's leading health policy journalists, who has spent nearly a decade chronicling Washington's battle over the Affordable Care Act. Her reporting has inspired new legislation in Congress, been cited by the Supreme Court and resulted in multiple hospitals revising their billing policies.
Kliff is an investigative reporter at the New York Times, focused on health care. Before joining the Times, she was a senior policy correspondent at Vox.com. Her last project there focused on the high cost of emergency room care, and relied on a crowdsourced database of more than 2,000 patient bills that her readers submitted to Vox. This series resulted in more than $100,000 in medical debt being reversed, hospitals implementing new billing policies and new legislative proposals in Congress and the California legislature. At Vox, she was also the creator and host of the Impact, a podcast about how policy effects people.
Prior to joining Vox, Kliff covered health policy for the Washington Post, where she was a founding writer at Wonkblog, a blog dedicated to making complicated policy easily understandable. She has also covered health policy for Politico and Newsweek magazine. The Supreme Court cited Kliff's work in their 2012 decision upholding the health care law. After she broke news in early 2017 that Republican legislators had exempted their own coverage from their Obamacare repeal bill, the House of Representatives took a vote to close that loophole.
Kliff is the recipient of multiple reporting awards, including fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is also a frequent television guest and has appeared on CBS, PBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. She enjoys public speaking and, most recently, has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Colorado Health Institute and the California Health Care Foundation.
Kliff is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, son, and a very friendly beagle named Spencer.
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