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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

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
From our reporter's notebook: What we learned in 2020, and what's ahead, with T.K. Dutes

This episode turns the tables: Host Dan Weissmann gets interviewed about what he's learned this year, and what's ahead for... more

18 Dec 2020 · 23 minutes
Fight! My family tries to pick health insurance for next year. COVID makes it harder.

Keeping the plan we've got means paying $200 a month more. But... would a "cheaper" plan cost us more in... more

11 Dec 2020 · 19 minutes
Andy Slavitt gives us a COVID check-in from 40,000 feet

Andy Slavitt, who ran a big chunk of health care for the Obama administration, has spent 2020 talking with almost... more

04 Dec 2020 · 27 minutes
How to avoid a big bill for your COVID test: with Sarah Kliff of the New York Times

They're supposed to be free. And usually they are. But sometimes... things happen. Here's how to keep them from happening... more

23 Nov 2020 · 21 minutes
How to Keep Cool in a Tough Moment: A self-defense expert breaks it down

Possibly our most-useful episode ever. A listener asked: How do I remain cool when calling insurance companies? We called a self-defense... more

12 Nov 2020 · 27 minutes
An Arm and a Leg
Revisiting insulin, as relevant (and expensive) as ever
An Arm and a Leg
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