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biography

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.

Sarah is a senior policy correspondent at Vox.com, where she focuses on the high cost of American medical care, and what that means for patients. Her current project focuses on emergency room billing, and relies on a crowdsourced database of more than 2,000 patient bills that her readers submitted to Vox.

At Vox, she is also the creator and host of the Impact, a podcast about how policy effects people.

Prior to joining Vox, Sarah 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. 

Sarah's work has impact: the Supreme Court cited Sarah'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. 

Sarah’s newest project, focused on emergency room billing, has resulted in new legislation being introduced in both the United States Senate and the California State Assembly that would prevent the type of surprise bills she discovered. It has also led to more than $100,000 in patient bills being reversed.

She 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.

Sarah is 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.

Sarah resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, son, and a very friendly beagle named Spencer.