Public Insight en The Influence of Insurance on Your Hospital Bill <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><em>Today's guests include:</em></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:21:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 39881 at The Influence of Insurance on Your Hospital Bill Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill <p>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.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, 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?</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:07:27 +0000 Emily Woodbury 38233 at Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill Iowa Millennials Prepare for Affordable Care Act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em><strong>Editor Note: </strong>The Millennials in the piece were found because they signed up for the <a href="">IPR Insight Network</a>. Please consider <a href="">signing up today</a> and lending your expertise and experience to some of our reporting.</em></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Clay Masters 30273 at Iowa Millennials Prepare for Affordable Care Act The Future of Medicaid in Iowa <p>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.</p><p>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 <a href="">Michael Bousselot</a> and Democratic state senator <a href="">Pam Jochum</a>.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:40:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Clay Masters & Sarah Boden 20215 at The Future of Medicaid in Iowa Iowans on Medicaid Part 4 <p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 10:30:21 +0000 Clay Masters 20107 at Iowans on Medicaid Part 4 Iowans on Medicaid Part 3 <p>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. Wed, 01 May 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Clay Masters 20044 at Iowans on Medicaid Part 3 Iowans on Medicaid Part 2 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:57:25 +0000 Clay Masters 19982 at Iowans on Medicaid Part 2 Iowans on Medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>Branstad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has introduced his own plan. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Clay Masters 19923 at Iowans on Medicaid