Laid-off workers now worry about health care during health crisis

Mar 25, 2020
The majority of Americans get employer-sponsored health insurance so what happens when that goes away?
One employer said he "just wanted to make sure that everybody’s taken care of through this."
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Inpatient care could end at Nashville's safety net hospital

Jan 3, 2018
Nashville Mayor Megan Berry has proposed ending the inpatient unit of Nashville General Hospital and rethinking the city's role in caring for the uninsured.
The daily census at Nashville General Hospital is down to fewer than 40 patients, making it one of the least busy hospitals in town. But advocates for the uninsured say that's still 40 patients who are getting care that might have trouble finding it elsewhere.
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Senator Mark Warner says it's time for 'capitalism 2.0'

Jun 17, 2016
He says way work is structured today isn't working for most Americans.
He believes the way workers are classified and the nature of the relationships between employers and employees needs to change.
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Wage based on public assistance

Apr 13, 2015
A report shows employers may be building their pay around taxpayer support

Waiting for a big break in Germany's new economy

Feb 27, 2015
How do you make it in Germany? One waitress shares her story.

The best safety net? One man says, the smaller the better

Aug 5, 2013
In our series of safety net confessionals, the story of a man who says hard work and sacrifice were the safest nets for him.

Safety Net Confessionals: My get-out-of-jail-free card

Jun 28, 2013
Listener Kurt Deutscher, a 49-year-old web developer who grew up in a low-income family in Portland, Oregon, discusses his economic safety net, which came in the form of a unique graduation gift.

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Meet the Bank of Frank, safety net provider to family, friends

May 24, 2013
Government programs aren't the only safety nets that people fall back on. In the first of our "Safety Net Confessionals" we hear from Frank Paiano and one of the cousins he helped financially.

What's a 'tax expenditure'? We decode a controversial budget term

Apr 26, 2013
Tax breaks like the home mortgage deduction confer financial benefits, and some argue they're part of the government safety net.

What does 'welfare' mean to you?

Apr 24, 2013
'Welfare' used to simply mean 'well-being'. These days it often has negative connotations and multiple meanings.