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It’s open enrollment for 2023 health insurance for lots of folks — a time when you might find yourself asking: what good is health insurance anyway?
One listener wrote to us about his son, a student with no income. Dad asks, If the son could get charity care (financial assistance) at his local hospital…. should he bother getting health insurance?
The big picture question: If you’re broke, and can’t get insurance from work, what are your best options?
The big picture answer: It totally depends!
We had expert help here: Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Jared Walker, founder of Dollar For, and a super-expert on charity care.
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