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An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg

A show about why health care costs so freaking much, and what we can (maybe) do about it. Hosted by award-winning reporter... more

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Episodes

"We just kept right on pushing"

Manny Lanza died because he didn't have insurance. His parents fought back, with help from New York’s favorite tabloid. After... more

16 Sep 2021 · 25 minutes
The wild backstory of a tiny but crucial Obamacare provision (ft. David Axelrod)

How one Republican senator made sure the ACA required non-profit hospitals to act more like charities—and less like loan sharks—before... more

02 Sep 2021 · 26 minutes
A legendary lawyer sued hospitals for price-gouging their patients. And got his butt handed to him.

The lawyer was Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, the lawyer who beat Big Tobacco in the 1990s. Later, he launched a series... more

19 Aug 2021 · 23 minutes
We’re back! Starting Aug 19. And we’ve got some doozies for you.

We’ve been on a hiatus for a minute, and we are SO excited about what we’re coming back with.These are... more

05 Aug 2021 · 2 minutes
Badass volunteers help Jared level up, in the fight to crush medical debt

An update on Jared Walker, whose viral TikTok described a little-known (and effective) method to “crush” many hospital bills, and... more

15 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
A whole book about fighting effed-up medical bills? Yes, please.

For years, at ProPublica, Marshall Allen has been exposing health care grifters. (He’s our kind of guy.) Now, he's written a... more

30 Jun 2021 · 19 minutes
Want to write a killer letter to insurance? Meet Jeannine.

Health care insiders get stupid medical bills too. One of them taught us how to write an insurance appeal—like the... more

09 Jun 2021 · 12 minutes
Mini-episode: One guy skirts a medical-bill trap, and shares the secret.

When Adam Woodrum's insurance denied a claim for an ER bill, he sent his story to NPR... because he happened... more

19 May 2021 · 7 minutes
Why picking the right insurance is so hard (bonus/encore)

How hard is it to pick the best health insurance? ECONOMISTS find it hard. Including one who has studied the... more

28 Apr 2021 · 20 minutes
Programming note: We're working on some cool new stuff.

... and it's gonna take us a little while to get it ready for you— maybe a couple months. Meanwhile,... more

07 Apr 2021 · 1 minute
An Arm and a Leg
"We just kept right on pushing"
An Arm and a Leg