Marketplace Money for Friday, September 13, 2013

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The American Dream resonates with millions of Americans -- getting a college degree, buying a home, retiring comfortably. This week’s show focuses on one thing that can transform those dreams into a financial and emotional nightmare: health insurance.  Not having it, not having enough, or not understanding what’s out there for you. We’re spending the hour looking at the health care system for those buying insurance for the first time under the Affordable Care Act and for those of you wondering how to find out the price of a procedure.  Plus, what are the steps to negotiate a lower bill? And how are companies changing insurance for their workers?  It’s a show about coverage, cost, and care.  

How to negotiate your health care bills

A few options if you find yourself on the bad end of a medical emergency with no way to pay for it.
Posted In: health insurance, health care costs, medical costs

How do you know if you have good health insurance?

Health insurance can be confusing. Here's a guide to help you determine whether you have a good plan or not.
Posted In: Health care and insurance, health care insurance, health exchanges, health care costs

How race can impact your health care

Subconscious racial biases can come into play when it comes to health coverage.
Posted In: race, medical care, health care

The pain of paying for health care in the U.S.

Americans pay more for health care than in many other developed nations. A look at what the high cost of colonoscopies revealed about our health care system.
Posted In: health care costs, medical costs, medical expenses

The cost of caregiving

Taking care of an ailing loved one is difficult emotionally, physically and financially. One caregiver shares her story.
Posted In: caregiving, elderly care

Letter: My love, my Health Savings Account

Expensive treatments, confusing price structures, maddening medical bills -- but what if there was something out there that made all of those hurdles vanish?
Posted In: letter

What to expect when health insurance exchanges open

October 1st is the big day for the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges, as they'll open their doors to the first enrollees. What can consumers expect?
Posted In: health care, health insurance, Affordable Care Act

Employer health plans get the 401(k) treatment

Some big companies are toying with making the switch from offering traditional health plans to giving workers money to shop for their own health coverage on private exchanges. What does this mean for the cost of your medical insurance?
Posted In: 401(k), Health care and insurance

Handling end-of-life health care

In the last two years of life, health care costs can soar. In fact, the last two year eat up more than a quarter of Medicare's spending. What can you do to prepare?
Posted In: palliative care, end of life care, health insurance

Affordable Care Act opens up possibilities for uninsured

One retiree shares his story about how he's been living without insurance for a year.
Posted In: health care insurance, Affordable Care Act

Music from this show

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So Sick
Ne-Yo
You Be Illin'
Moeski And R.O.D. The Wax Cutta
Days To Come (Instrumental)
Bonobo
Draw The Stars
Andreya Triana
Be All Right
Radio Mundial, Radio Mundial
Shop Around
The Afro Blues Quintet Plus One
Feel Good Inc
Gorillaz
Be Healthy (Explicit)
Dead Prez
La Vie En Rose (Single Version)
Louis Armstrong
La Vie En Rose (Album Version)
Grace Jones
If It Isn't Love
New Edition

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