June 28: A Virtual Conversation with ProPublica’s Marshall Allen, Author of Never Pay the First Bill

How to Save Money on Your Healthcare Bills

A Virtual Conversation with ProPublica‘s Marshall Allen, Author of Never Pay the First Bill

Monday, June 28, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom

Science Writers in New York invites you to a talk with Marshall Allen, a reporter for ProPublica who investigates why we pay so much for health care in the United States and get so little in return. Marshall will talk to SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about his new book Never Pay The Fist Bill And Other Ways to Fight the Healthcare System and Win (published June 22 by Penguin Random House) and how consumers can get the affordable healthcare they need.

Never Pay the First Bill is the guerilla guide to health care the American people and employers need. Drawing on 15 years of investigating the health care industry, Marshall shows how companies and individuals have managed to force medical providers to play fair, and shows how you can, too. He reveals the industry’s pressure points and how companies and individuals have fought overbilling, price gouging, insurance denials, and more to get the care they deserve. Laying out a practical plan for protecting yourself against the system’s predatory practices, he offers the inspiration you need and tried-and-true strategies such as:

  • Analyze and contest your medical bills, so you don’t pay more than you should
  • Obtain the billing codes for a procedure in advance
  • Write in an appropriate treatment clause before signing financial documents
  • Get your way by suing in small claims court

About Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen is a reporter for ProPublica, where he covers the health care industry. He is one of the creators of ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard, which published the complication rates for about 17,000 surgeons who perform eight common elective procedures. Allen’s work has been honored with several journalism awards, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for work at the Las Vegas Sun, where he worked before coming to ProPublica in 2011. 

Have a question for Marshall Allen you would like answered? Submit it here!

Monday, June 28
7 to 8 PM EDT


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