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Lessons from “wrestling with a giant”

Season 9, Ep. 3

The ER visit was quick and uneventful. The bill was $1,300. Our listener decided to push back. He didn't win, but he learned a lot — and so did we. 


We had help, from an expert we met by visiting a Renaissance Fair — which we did in this very fun early episode. Kaelyn Globig, head of advocacy for the Rescu Foundation, is a medical-bill wizard, and no one has taught us more.


In this story, she teaches us how to find out what Medicare pays for a given procedure — here’s the guide she shared with us — and how to use that information. 

We also got advice on dealing with debt collectors — when it makes sense to file a dispute — from April Kuenhoff, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center


She shared resources too. Here are sample letters — templates you can edit:


Here’s a transcript of the episode


Send your stories and questions. Or call 724 ARM-N-LEG.


And of course we’d love for you to support this show.

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