I'm Sarah Kliff, Senior Policy Correspondent at Vox. I spent the last year reading 1,182 emergency bills to expose the nightmare that is hospital billing in the US. AMA!
Hi, reddit! I’m Sarah Kliff, Senior Policy Correspondent at Vox, host of the Impact podcast, co-author of the VoxCare newsletter, and co-host of The Weeds podcast. I’ve spent a decade chronicling Washington’s battle over the Affordable Care Act. In the past few years, my reporting has taken me to the White House for a wide-ranging interview with President Obama on the health law — and to rural Kentucky, for a widely-read story about why Obamacare enrollees voted for Donald Trump.
For the past 15 months, I’ve asked Vox readers to submit emergency room bills to our database. I’ve read emergency room bills from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. I’ve looked at bills from big cities and from rural areas, from patients who are babies and patients who are elderly. I’ve even submitted one of my own emergency room bills for an unexpected visit this past summer.
Update: Thanks so much for all the great questions! I have to sign off for now, but keep posting your questions and I'll try to answer more tomorrow!