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Author explains how to push back on high health care costs



Recorded Oct. 12, 1 p.m. ET

This past summer, Penguin Random House published Marshall Allen's book, "Never Pay the First Bill," promoting it as "the guerilla guide to health care the American people and employers need." On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Allen will explain why he wrote this important consumer guide to the high and rising costs of health care and outline the steps journalists and patients can follow to push back.

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  • Marshall Allen is the author of “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win.” A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Allen spent 15 years investigating the health care system as a journalist, including a decade as a reporter for ProPublica. He has also taught investigative reporting for more than a decade. He now works for the Office of the Inspector General for HHS and runs the Allen Health Academy to help boost the health care literacy of working Americans.

  • Joseph Burns is the health reform topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists who writes about efforts to make the nation's health care system more equitable and affordable for all and how health systems and health insurers can reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. He has written for The New York Times, Hospitals & Health Networks, Managed Healthcare Executive, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Business Coalition on Health, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the National Quality Forum, among others.

Marshall Allen

Joseph Burns