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The Influence of Insurance on Your Hospital Bill

Emily Woodbury, via Wordle
Common hospital billing and insurance terms

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:

Joe LeValley, Mercy Hospital’s Senior Vice President of Planning and Advocacy Andrew Fitch, Head of Consumer Engagement at NerdWallet Health Dan Shane, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa David Lyons, CEO of CoOportunity, former Insurance Commissioner for the state of Iowa Mike Fay, Vice President of Health Networks at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River