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4:21 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Influence of Insurance on Your Hospital Bill

Common hospital billing and insurance terms
Emily Woodbury, via Wordle

A trip to the emergency room is expensive, even for more routine procedures. Take for example, Ron Smith, an Indianola resident whose $24,240 bill for a rabies vaccination was negotiated down by $17,627 by his insurance company.

Today, the third installment in our examination of hospital costs. We find out how insurance negotiations play into how much you pay for that ER visit, how Iowa’s insurance landscape may change through the Affordable Care Act, and how the number of visits to the ER may be affected by Obamacare.

Today's guests include:

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Health Care
8:07 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill

Dr. Thomas Striegel treats a patient in the emergency room
Nick Oza The Arizona Republic

In the emergency room, the last thing you want to think about is what your bill is going to look like. But, weeks later you will receive a bill in the mail; and you might experience some sticker shock.

Today on River to River, we seek to answer your hospital billing questions. Questions like: why does an aspirin cost upwards of $15, when I can get a generic bottle at the drug store at 2 cents a pop?

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Health
5:05 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Iowa Millennials Prepare for Affordable Care Act

Kelley Mills, 23, of Des Moines works 3 jobs to make ends meet. She and her parents do not have healthcare.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

 Editor Note: The Millennials in the piece were found because they signed up for the IPR Insight Network. Please consider signing up today and lending your expertise and experience to some of our reporting.

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River to River
2:40 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

The Future of Medicaid in Iowa

Governor Branstad's Healthcare policy aide Michael Bousselot, Senator Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque) and IPR Statehouse Correspondent Clay Masters on "River to River" from IPR's Des Moines studios.
John Pemble IPR

All this week, IPR’s Clay Masters has been talking with Iowans who receive Medicaid services to get their input on the debate between Governor Branstad and the Democratic-controlled state Senate over expanding Medicaid.

River to River wraps up the series with host Ben Kieffer sitting down with Clay and several Medicaid recipients, as well as the Governor’s healthcare policy advisor Michael Bousselot and Democratic state senator Pam Jochum.

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Health
5:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Iowans on Medicaid Part 4

Rachel Fredericksen and her son Gage sit in their car outside her son Shawn's elementary school in Clinton on April 5, 2013.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

There’s a showdown of sorts between Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad and the Democratic-controlled Senate over expanding Medicaid. Under federal law all states have to decide whether or not they’ll extend enrollment in the joint state and federal healthcare program for the poor. The legislature’s 110-day session is set to end  Friday, but the dispute over Medicaid is one of the issues that’s likely to keep lawmakers from going home.

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Health
5:34 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Iowans on Medicaid Part 3

David Van Ahn says having Medicaid services available for his disabled daughter is a blessing.

There’s one issue that will likely help keep state lawmakers from adjourning at the end of the week; that’s healthcare. Thousands of low-income Iowans will be kicked off a healthcare program that expires at the end of the year and there’s disagreement over how to cover them. Republican Governor Terry Branstad is at odds with Democratic-controlled Senate who want to expand Medicaid. The governor doesn’t want to rely on the feds… so he’s introduced his own plan.

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Health
12:57 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Iowans on Medicaid Part 2

Ginger Klingenberg has lunch with her son, Andy at the Johanson Cafe & Pizzeria in Armstrong, IA on March 19, 2013.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

    

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Health
5:03 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Iowans on Medicaid

Jacob and Sarah Garvin, owners of Warrior Crossfit gym in Mustcatine, talk about their expected baby on March 28, 2013.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Right now, under federal law states have to figure out how to insure the poor. They can either expand the joint federal/state healthcare program for low-income people called Medicaid… or they can get waivers and devise their own plans. Democrats who control the Iowa Senate are at odds with Republican Governor Terry Branstad has introduced his own plan. IPR Statehouse correspondent Clay Masters wanted to get away from the politics and talk to Iowans who receive these services. 

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