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“One Arm and One Leg”: Do You Need Surgery to Save Your Life? Tips for paying for insurance

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Laurie Todd describes herself as an “Insurance Warrior”. She helps people pay their health insurers for treatment and has written books sharing her knowledge.

Their knowledge is hard won. In 2005 Todd was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Although she found a doctor to treat her, her health insurance company said the cost would not be covered. But Todd didn’t accept that refusal and got her insurance company to pay for a life-saving surgery.

Over the next 15 years, Todd honed her insurance brokerage skills. She has fought and won more than 200 insurance claims on behalf of patients, she said.

Listen to the episode to hear some of their tried and true strategies.

Here is a Transcript of the episode.

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