Health Savings New – Episode 12: The Costs of COVID-19

Note: This is a rough transcript of episode 12 of Health Savings News and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form.  Evan (00:10): Hello, and welcome to Health Savings News: the podcast about healthcare costs in America and how to save money on the often expensive care all kinds of people need. I’m your host, Evan O’Connor, joined by retired doctors, Rich Sagall and Mike Woods. Rich (00:22): Good evening.  Mike (00:23): Hello as well. Evan (00:24): Each episode we discuss healthcare costs in America, offer tips for saving money, and relevant news […]

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2022

September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, also known as Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. Leukemia and lymphoma are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system.    Someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer every three minutes, with someone dying as a result every nine minutes. An estimated combined total of 186,400 people in the United States were diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma in 2021, leading to an estimated 57,750 deaths last year.   There are multiple types of leukemia, some more common than others. […]

Health Savings News – Episode 11: Medical Debt

Note: This is a rough transcript of episode 11 of Health Savings News and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form.    [fundraising appeal] Evan (00:00): Health Savings News is brought to you by NeedyMeds. Ever since NeedyMeds was founded 25 years ago, all the information on the website has been free. In the beginning there were only two part-time employees; now we have a staff of 30. When we started, we only had information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs; now we have information on 40,000 programs covering over a dozen different types […]

Health Benefits Through Worker Solidarity

Labor Day is a national holiday to recognize and honor the American labor movement and the contributions of organizers and laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. In 1954, over a third of American workers were unionized; by 1983, membership dropped to one in five. Today, only one out of every ten workers in the U.S. is a member of a labor union. Labor unions not only advocate for healthy and safe work environments; they raise wages, decrease inequality, and improve the lives and promote the health of workers, their families, the community, and public health.   […]

Health Savings News – Episode 10: Free & Low-cost Healthcare Services

Note: This is a rough transcript of episode 10 of Health Savings News and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. [Fundraising appeal] Evan (00:00): Health Savings News is brought to you by NeedyMeds. Ever since NeedyMeds was founded 25 years ago, all the information on the website has been free. In the beginning there were only two part-time employees; now we have a staff of 30. When we started, we only had information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs; now we have information on 40,000 programs covering over a dozen different types of […]

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About Us

Welcome to the NeedyMeds Voice! We look forward to presenting you with timely, provocative pieces on healthcare reform, patient advocacy, medication and healthcare access, and other health-related news. Our goals are to educate, enlighten, and elucidate; together, we will try to make sense of the myriad and ongoing healthcare-related changes in the U.S. today.