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  • ‘An Arm and a Leg’: Financial Self-Defense School Is Now in Session
    by Dan Weissmann on August 10, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Starting in August 2020, a new episode every other week. No time like a pandemic to learn more about how to fight the high cost of health care. […]

  • KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Republicans in COVID Disarray
    on July 30, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    President Donald Trump’s sobering view of COVID-19 didn’t last long – this week, he was back to pushing hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has been shown not to work in treating the virus. Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill are still scrambling to agree among themselves and with the White House on the next coronavirus relief bill, as both a moratorium on evictions and extra unemployment payments expire. And the debate over drug prices, which was going to be one of the biggest health issues of this election year, makes a brief appearance. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call and Anna Edney of Bloomberg News join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Markian Hawryluk, who wrote the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” story about a surprise bill from a surprise surgical assistant. […]

  • Watch: When a Surprise Helper During Surgery Is Out-of-Network
    on July 27, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    "CBS This Morning" features the July installment of KHN-NPR's Bill of the Month about a surgical assistant's out-of-network bill for helping during knee surgery. […]

  • KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Trump Twists on Virus Response
    on July 23, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    President Donald Trump has, for now at least, become a realist on the extent of the COVID-19 crisis around the country, and he is urging Americans to socially distance and wear masks. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Republicans facing a July 31 deadline are scrambling to come together on their version of the next COVID relief bill. Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Tami Luhby of CNN join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews NPR’s Pam Fessler, author of the new book “Carville’s Cure,” which traces the history of the United States’ only federal leprosarium. […]

  • Ever Heard of a Surgical Assistant? Meet a New Boost to Your Medical Bills
    by Markian Hawryluk on July 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    A college student’s bill for outpatient knee surgery is a whopper — $96K — but the most mysterious part is a $1,167 charge from a health care provider she didn’t even know was in the operating room. […]

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