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“Fight Back” is the Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation’s podcast. Each episode tells the personal story of someone who has been tripped up by the healthcare system in some way—insurance claims denied, not getting the referral to a specialist or medical procedure one needs, an unexpected “out of network” bill, and so forth. Then we interview a relevant expert who can provide the insights, resources, and help to solve these kinds of problems while navigating our complex healthcare system.


How To Quit Smoking and What It Means To Your Health

Smoking is a leading cause of death from lung cancer and a significant contributor to heart disease in the U.S. Our special guest, Erica Costa, from the American Lung Association, discusses how to create a plan to stop smoking that encompasses counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, medication, friend and family support networks, and more.

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Medical Marijuana: Patient Use and Treatments

We welcome Sally Brammell, Head of Legal Affairs at PAX Labs, to discuss medical marijuana—what consumers should know about the science behind medical marijuana, the differences between CBD and THC, how to talk with their physicians about cannabis as a medicine, and much more. She also shares her family’s experiences with medical marijuana and their journey to find an effective treatment for her son.

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Digital Health Records

Digital health records—are they safe and secure? Gary Cohen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Blue Shield of California, discusses what bringing healthcare into the digital age means. How are your personal healthcare records kept safe, secure, and yet accessible to your healthcare providers? How can the new technologies that help you monitor your health at home be integrated into your personal health records? Why are you still filling out a form with pen and paper when you visit a new doctor or specialist, or in the worst case, in the emergency room? We dive into these questions and more.

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In this episode of Fight Back, we discuss Alzheimer’s disease with Claire Day, Chief Program Officer at the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Claire talks about what Alzheimer’s is, how it is diagnosed, what families should look for and do when early symptoms arise, the newly FDA approved treatment for Alzheimer’s, and much more.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It Safe?

How safe are the COVID-19 vaccines? We talk with vaccine expert and Emergency Room Physician, Dr. Mike Ybarra, to answer these and other vaccine questions.

Negotiating Medical Bills

Expected, or maybe unexpected, hospital bills can be overwhelming and significantly impact the costs of your healthcare. In this episode, we discuss whether it is possible to negotiate with your local hospital.


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