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The Leonard Lopate Show

What You Should Know about Obamacare

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nancy Metcalf, Senior Health Editor for Consumer Reports explains some important facts about the new health care law that consumers should know. She also talks about the roll-out and how the program is serving consumers so far.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Specialists

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why are some procedures so insanely more expensive than others? Why do they cost so much in the first place? And what can patients do? New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal continues her series “Paying Till It Hurts,” on the high cost of health care in this country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Paradox of Parenting; Rosanne Cash; "Charlie Victor Romeo"; the High Cost of Health Care Specialists

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jennifer Senior looks at how having children changes almost every aspect of people’s lives—and how parenthood has changed in the last 50 years. Rosanne Cash talks about her latest album, “The River & the Thread.” We’ll talk to the filmmakers behind “Charlie Victor Romeo,” which dramatizes the cockpit recordings of six airline emergencies. And New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal looks at why the fees for medical specialists like dermatologists have increased so much in recent years, driving up health care costs.

The Brian Lehrer Show

How Do You Say "Co-Pay" in Spanish?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Is poor translation under-serving Spanish-language speakers and recent immigrants? Dr. Jane Delgado, President of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, says that the controversy over poor translation is masking bigger concerns about the lack of features on the site. At the moment, CuidadoDeSalud.gov doesn't have a feature to shop for different plans in the same way the English site does. Delgado also says a big challenge is finding ways to best represent the "language of healthcare" to non-English speakers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Emergency Room Care

Monday, December 23, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses the latest in her series “Paying til It Hurts,” about the high cost of health care in the United States compared to other developed countries. She’ll talk about the cost of emergency room care and looks at how ambulances, once free, now operate as businesses and contribute to America’s medical bills. Her latest stories in the series are “Think the E.R. Is Expensive? Look at How Much It Costs to Get There” and “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500.”

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WNYC News

Health Care Enrollment Sputtering in NJ

Friday, December 13, 2013

NJPR

When it comes to signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, New Jersey’s having a tough time. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Heathcare Costs; Murdoch and the Phone Hacking Scandal; Mike Stoller, Music Legend; Jonathan Miles' Want Not

Monday, December 09, 2013

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor discuss how it’s possible that the United States spends more on health care but has far worse outcomes than other countries. Then, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik talks about what’s happening to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in light of the ongoing phone hacking trial in the UK. Legendary songwriter and producer Mike Stoller talks about his wide-ranging career, writing hits like “Hound Dog,” “Charlie Brown,” and “Is That All There Is?” Jonathan Miles discusses his latest comic novel, Want Not.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Spending More on Health Care, Getting Less

Monday, December 09, 2013

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor explain how it’s possible that the United States spends more on health care but suffers worse outcomes than other industrialized nations. They argue that the lack of investment in social services is part of the reason why.  In The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less, Bradley and Taylor look at how divisions in the distribution of health and social services and our resistance to government programs create needless suffering and lead to soaring health costs. They also look at the problems the Affordable Care Act won’t solve and think about possibilities for reform.

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New Jersey News

A New ACA Helpdesk for NJ

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WNYC

While the federal government repairs and tinkers with its balky healthcare.gov website, New Jersey health advocates are stepping up ways to bring in-person assistance to those still muddled about their insurance options.

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The Takeaway

FDA Challenge Raises Questions on Right to Genetic Information

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The genetic-analysis company 23andMe has garnered a devoted following since its launch in 2006. Now the Food and Drug Administration has ordered the company to halt sales of its signature product, the Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service. Nita Farahany, professor of law, genomics and policy at Duke University, took the 23andMe test. She argues that the FDA is overreaching in their regulation of the company.

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The Takeaway

The 'Paradox' of American Healthcare: Spending More for Less

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

While Americans have long known that we spend more on healthcare than any other country, most of us aren't reaping the benefits. Compared to most other developed nations, the U.S. falls short on measures of life expectancy. Elizabeth Bradley, a professor of public health at Yale University, and Lauren Taylor, a presidential scholar at Harvard Divinity School, are the co-authors of "The American Health Care Paradox." They argue that the problem may lie in the way Americans think about health care.

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On The Media

Misleading Obamacare Promises, The Original 'Nigerian' Scam Letter, and More

Friday, November 01, 2013

The media start challenging Obama's "you can keep it" promise about health care, a man who challenged hackers to hack him, and a predecessor to "Nigerian" scam emails.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As the new affordable healthcare law goes into effect people are confused about what's legal and safe when it comes to prescription drugs.

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The Takeaway

Roundtable: Navigating Healthcare Changes Across the Country

Friday, October 25, 2013

More than three weeks after the launch of the federally facilitated and state-based health-care exchanges, things are clearly not going as well as some had planned. Three health reporters from different regions of the country describe what the roll-out has been like in their parts of the country: Veronica Zaragovia, KUT reporter joins from Austin, Texas; Jo Ingles, reporter and producer for Ohio Public Radio's Statehouse News from Columbus, Ohio and Charlotte Albright, VPR reporter in Norwich Vermont.

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The Takeaway

ACA Insurance Enrollment Requirement Delayed by Six Weeks | John G. Taft on the Future of the GOP | When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games

Thursday, October 24, 2013

President Obama Apologizes to French and German Leaders Over Surveillance Concerns | White House to Delay ACA Insurance Enrollment Requirement by Six Weeks | Problems With ACA Exchanges Highlight Government's I.T. Obstacles | NASA Tools of Yesteryear May Be The Key to Tomorrow's Innovations | When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games | ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

Is Affordable Care Affordable?

Monday, October 07, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal investigates whether the Affordable Care Act will deliver on its promise to make health financially viable. She looks into whether the policies will actually be able deliver care at manageable prices. Her article “ ‘Affordable Care’ or a Rip-Off” was in the Times’ Sunday Review on September 29.

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The Takeaway

One Man's Experience With Obamacare Exchanges

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.

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New Tech City

Tech Firms Rush to Build Health Exchanges Before Deadline

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has been contentious, confusing and abstract, but that might change on October 1 when states are required to launch websites where people can chose among different health plans.

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New Tech City

Should Your Boss Track Your Fitness?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The carrot is up to 30 percent off your monthly premium if you join an eligible "workplace wellness" plan.

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New Tech City

Obamacare and the Biometric Bracelet Experiment

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It’s Obamacare-time! 

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