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Marketplace Money for Friday, September 13, 2013
Sep 13, 2013

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.  

Segments From this episode

Affordable Care Act opens up possibilities for uninsured

Sep 13, 2013
One retiree shares his story about how he's been living without insurance for a year.

Handling end-of-life health care

Sep 13, 2013
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?

Employer health plans get the 401(k) treatment

Sep 13, 2013
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?

What to expect when health insurance exchanges open

Sep 13, 2013
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?

Letter: My love, my Health Savings Account

Sep 13, 2013
Expensive treatments, confusing price structures, maddening medical bills -- but what if there was something out there that made all of those hurdles vanish?

The cost of caregiving

Sep 13, 2013
Taking care of an ailing loved one is difficult emotionally, physically and financially. One caregiver shares her story.

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

Sep 13, 2013
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.

How race can impact your health care

Sep 13, 2013
Subconscious racial biases can come into play when it comes to health coverage.

How do you know if you have good health insurance?

Sep 13, 2013
Health insurance can be confusing. Here's a guide to help you determine whether you have a good plan or not.

How to negotiate your health care bills

Sep 13, 2013
A few options if you find yourself on the bad end of a medical emergency with no way to pay for it.

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.