Award-winning ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen, will speak about his upcoming book, "Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win."

5:30 pm PDT | 7:30 pm CDT | 8:30 am HKT


Online Webinar
San Francisco, California

Event Details

"Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win" is a primer for individuals and employers who want to protect themselves and the people they care about from the outrageous costs of health care. 

"Never Pay the First Bill" is a how-to guide, empowering you with the tactics you need to spend less and get more for your health care dollars. Drawing on 15 years of investigating the health care industry, Allen shows how companies and individuals have forced medical providers to play fair, and shows how you can, too. He reveals the industry's pressure points and how to push back against overbilling, price gouging, insurance denials, unnecessary care and more. Allen offers the inspiration and methods consumers and employers need to level the playing field and change health care in America.

COVID-19 has vividly demonstrated the importance of health care access and the burden of health care costs for consumers and employers. We anticipate a lively debate given the subject of discussion and diverse perspectives of attendees: caregivers, patients, business executives, insurance users and payors, policymakers, health care providers and more. Attendees will walk away with practical guidance on how to make more informed choices as consumers and a clear sense of priorities on how to change health care access, delivery, efficiency and equity in America.

Following the one-hour book discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to join Zoom breakout rooms for about 30 minutes to network with other attendees with similar backgrounds to share stories and industry insights

You can pre-order "Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win." now.

Free copies of Marshall Allen's book available to the first 50 Webinar registrants thanks to the generosity of Claremont Partners.

Marshall Allen will share the book promotion codes during the webinar to order books from Amazon directly when the books are published in June.


No Charge


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Zoom information will be shared after registration. 

Deadline: 3/25/2021

Speaker Profiles

Marshall Allen (Speaker)
Reporter, ProPublica

Marshall Allen investigates why we pay so much for health care in the United States and get so little in return. 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. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a master's degree in Theology.


Maggie Wu, '87 
Principal, eChoiceAdvisor