May 5, 2020

41% percent of Americans can’t handle an unexpected $250 bill

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Plus, how the health care system is changing, what it's like to be making COVID-19 tests right now and how hazard pay works.

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Many lack a financial backstop amid pandemic

May 5, 2020
In the Marketplace-Edison Research poll released today, 41% of respondents could not pay an unexpected $250 expense.
People pass by the stock exchange in New York. Marketplace-Edison poll data shows that many Americans can't handle an unexpected $250 expense.
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In their own words: corporate first responders on frontline of production war

May 5, 2020
We hear from people at a coronavirus test-making facility in Maryland.
A COVID-19 testing lab in New York.
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Underestimated and underrepresented in an industry that wasn't built for you

May 5, 2020
Arlan Hamilton's new book gives readers a look at her journey from food stamps to being on th ecover of "Fast Company."
Arlan Hamilton, author of "It's About Damn Time" and founder of Backstage Capital.
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For retailers, reopening means rethinking everything about a store

May 5, 2020
Precautions will likely start at the door as customers return to nonessential retailers. Shopping will be a different experience.
A reopened mall in Franklin, Tennessee, on May 2. Going shopping is likely to look quite different for awhile.
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With COVID-19, some states reopen the ACA marketplace for uninsured

May 5, 2020
The health plans, available to gig workers and the self-employed, are seeing an "influx of enrollment," one expert says.
About a dozen states and Washington, D.C., opened special enrollment periods for people to sign up for Obamacare.
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Music from the episode

Kodiak Whale Fall
Lost In Yesterday Tame Impala
Skipping Rocks Oddisee
Squalor Victoria The National
Higher Noble Oak

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer