‘An Arm and a Leg’: For Your Next Health Insurance Fight, an Exercise in Financial Self-Defense
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‘An Arm and a Leg’: For Your Next Health Insurance Fight, an Exercise in Financial Self-Defense


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A listener asked: ‘How do I remain cool when calling insurance companies?” So we called veteran self-defense teacher Lauren Taylor for advice. She leads Defend Yourself, an organization that works to empower people against violence and abuse. 

As Taylor teaches it, self-defense involves a lot more than hitting and kicking. It’s about standing up for yourself in all kinds of difficult situations. Striking that posture includes using your words, and we asked Taylor to talk us through her top strategies. This year, she used them in her own health insurance fight.


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