Blood industry, Medicaid reenrollement

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Test tubes of blood with different colored lids lay on a white sheet
In this photo taken March 21, 2017, a nurse reaches for blood samples taken from a patient receiving a kind of immunotherapy known as CAR-T cell therapy at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and its next frontier is creating “living drugs” that grow inside the body into an army that seeks and destroys tumors. Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

An author shares her book investigating the money behind the blood industry in the U.S. Then, a lawyer helps us better understand how Medicaid patients can stay enrolled as states remove people from the program.

Featured in this Show

  • The money behind the blood and plasma industry

    Many people sell blood plasma as a way to earn extra money on the side. A journalist shares her new book looking at the for-profit medical industry that exists behind the blood transactions.

  • Medicaid re-enrollment restarts

    Beginning April 1st, states will have the ability to remove people from their Medicaid rolls for the first time since the outset of the pandemic. We ask a Wisconsin attorney about what BadgerCare Plus enrollees need to know and what they can expect next.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Producer
  • Kathleen McLaughlin Guest
  • Bobby Peterson Guest

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