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

A show about the cost of health care that’s more entertaining, empowering, and occasionally useful than enraging, and terrifying and depressing. Reporter... more

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Episodes

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
Who's been trying to cash in on COVID vaccinations? (And how did racism help them out?)

With COVID vaccinations ramping up, it's time to check in: Who's been trying to make a buck? And who's been... more

17 Mar 2021 · 31 minutes
Revisiting insulin, as relevant (and expensive) as ever

We're re-releasing and updating a story we first reported in 2019, about how insulin got to be so horribly expensive—the... more

25 Feb 2021 · 31 minutes
A legal strategy for erasing billions in medical debt— that works—from a 60-second video.

Yep. This viral TikTok video's recipe for "crushing" medical bills is legally sound. And IRS filings from thousands of hospitals... more

11 Feb 2021 · 26 minutes
A former "bad guy" lawyer shows us how the dark machinery works. And our rights.

Jeff is a lawyer who used to represent medical-bill collectors in court. ("I was a bad guy, for sure," he... more

28 Jan 2021 · 24 minutes
Mini-episode: Two small doses of good news

2021 is off to a rough start, but we've got a couple of small things that don't completely suck. First, a... more

14 Jan 2021 · 10 minutes
A 21st-century Christmas Carol: How one Scrooge became a health-care whistleblower

Former health-care executive Wendell Potter spent part of 2020 publishing high-profile apologies for the lies he says he told the... more

29 Dec 2020 · 21 minutes
An Arm and a Leg
Want to write a killer letter to insurance? Meet Jeannine.
An Arm and a Leg