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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Tips For Surviving COVID With Your Financial Health Intact

Dan Weissmann Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In early April, Katelyn was in a financial bind. At home and sick with COVID-19, she...
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Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should Be Free — But Who’s Paying?

Hospitals around the country are afraid to send out hundreds of thousands of bills related to COVID-19 testing. That’s because Congress mandated there would...
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Health Care Takes A Financial Hit In The Midst...

Dan Weissmann Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. You’ve probably noticed that the U.S. economy is crashing. What you might not expect is that...

Always The Bridesmaid, Public Health Rarely Spotlighted Until It’s Too Late

The U.S. is in the midst of both a public health crisis and a health care crisis. Yet most people aren’t aware these are...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: If Insurer Bills You For COVID Testing, Talk —...

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Anna Davis Abel’s insurance company pledged to cover COVID-19 testing without cost sharing, but then left her...

Trump Says N95 Masks Can Be Sterilized For Reuse. Only In A Pinch, Experts...

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, front-line health care workers are decrying unsafe working conditions — in particular, describing inadequate access to personal protective...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Am I Protected If I Need COVID-19 Care?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. A lot of insurance companies have said they’ll waive copayments and deductibles for COVID-19 care — as...
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What’s Missing In The Coronavirus Response

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). In the age of coronavirus, Americans are being told to stay home and wear masks...
A pedestrian walks by The Family Barbershop, closed due to a Gov. Gretchen Whitmer executive order, in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with millions of people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Young People Weigh Pain Of Job Loss Against Risks Of Virus

Emilio Romero, 23, has mixed feelings about losing his job. It’s a major financial setback, but with two previous hospitalizations for pneumonia, a restaurant...
Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Temperature Check: Tips For Tracking A Key Symptom Of Coronavirus Contagion

After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home....
Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Near Trump’s Florida Home, Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Gets Off To Rocky Start

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. ― A much-needed drive-thru coronavirus testing site opened here Monday, just a few miles from the Mar-a-Lago Club, home to...
Doctors look at a CT scan of a patient at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (Chinatopix via AP)

Coronavirus Is Keeping Me Home From Work. Will I Get Paid?

As the novel coronavirus continues to march across the country, for many workers getting sick is only part of what worries them. What about...
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: What We’ve Learned

Dan WeissmannCan’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In this bonus episode of “An Arm and a Leg,” reporter and colleague Sally Herships (“Planet...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Better Than Other Plans Or Better Than Nothing? Trump’s Claim About ‘Affordable’ Options

In his wide-ranging State of the Union address, President Donald Trump returned to a favorite theme: the cost of health insurance. He cited the high...
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How Lifesaving Organs For Transplant Go Missing In Transit

When a human heart was left behind by mistake on a Southwest Airlines plane in 2018, transplant officials downplayed the incident. They emphasized that...
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Trump’s Claim That He ‘Saved’ Preex Conditions ‘Part Fantasy, Part Delusion’

President Donald Trump attempted to take credit for one of the most popular elements of the Affordable Care Act: Its protection for people who...
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High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health Of Patients And Rural Hospitals

Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged...
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Watch Your Back — And Your Wallet

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In 2008, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin was an investigative journalist whose back was killing her. She was considering...
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One-On-One With Trump’s Medicare And Medicaid Chief: Seema Verma

Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent...
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Tradition Grows Into $1 Million Gift For People In...

Dan Weissmann Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Every year — for decades — the Buehler family and friends have organized a softball tournament...
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For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865

Richard Harris, NPR News Alexa Kasdan had a cold and a sore throat. The 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn’t want her upcoming vacation...
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California Attempts To Revive Compassionate Cannabis Programs

For years, Richard Manning knew what he needed to cope with his physical pain, rage and PTSD — much of which he traced to...
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San Francisco Hopes To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness Living On Streets

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has promised to tackle her city’s homelessness crisis, a vexing situation involving drug abuse and mental illness that is...
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In Campaign To Stop Teen Vaping, States Turn To Tried-And-True Remedy: Taxes

Kathleen Hambleton once used to spend $100 a week on Marlboro Reds. The 43-year-old nurse from Saxtons River, Vt., paid a high price for her...
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It’s Not Just You: Picking Health Insurance Is Hard. Here’s How To Be Smart...

Dan Weissmann Science has proved, no kidding around: Picking health insurance is extremely hard. It’s open enrollment — time to pick next year’s insurance — for...

California Surprise-Billing Law Protects Patients But Aggravates Many Doctors

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). More than two years after California’s surprise-billing law took effect, there’s one thing on which...

HHS Hands Out Free HIV Prevention Drugs. Do You Qualify?

The Trump administration Tuesday unveiled a plan to distribute HIV prevention medication free to individuals who do not have prescription drug insurance coverage. Called “Ready,...

It’s Obamacare Season. Here’s What You Need To Know.

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During Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, candidates touched on “Medicare for All,” “Medicare for all who want it” and other ways to reform the...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: A Medical Bill Ninja Shares Her Secrets

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Meredith Balogh has spent years learning to navigate the financial side of the health care system. Balogh, who...

The Case Of The ACA’s Disappearing Taxes

It was a moment of genuine bipartisanship at the House Ways and Means Committee in October, as Democratic and Republican sponsors alike praised a...

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