Care Talk with Laura Packard

Care Talk is weekly live on Mondays at 4:30 pm ET, a people focused call-in show and podcast. Our experts answer your American health care and health insurance questions on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, private insurance, and more. We help you work through our broken health care system in the United States, and talk about larger health care issues and reforms from how to fight medical bills to lowering the cost of medical care.

Our host Laura Packard is the founder of Health Care Voices, organizing adults with serious medical conditions and health care activists across the country as a political force. She is a stage 4 cancer survivor and health care advocate in Denver, Colorado.



  • Help with drug costs
  • Access to abortion pills
  • Paying less for hospital care
  • Programs for people with Medicare to keep costs down
  • Low-cost dental care
  • Low-cost hearing
  • Low-cost vision
  • Appealing a denial
  • Find a free or low-cost health care clinic near you
  • Compare prices on prescriptions with popular pharmacies
  • Referral service for SSI/SSDI attorneys
  • Find co-pay assistance programs from drug manufacturers
  • A simple, up-to-date, and localized source of information for people seeking abortions
  • Federally qualified health centers, which provide cheap-to-free care for low income people and in underserved communities
  • Lost your health insurance guide
  • Health care guide for veterans
  • Health care guide for young adults
  • ACA open enrollment guide
  • Medicare open enrollment guide
  • Programs that lower your health care costs if you have Medicare
  • Prescription assistance programs, or patient assistance programs for affording medicines
  • Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company pharmacy for generic drugs
  • Health insurance in the workplace guide
  • Ending surprise medical bills, and how to report them
  • Important resources for older adults
  • Preventative services included in Medicare
  • Preventative services included in the Affordable Care Act
  • Rx Outreach nonprofit pharmacy, for those earning less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Urgent Care Vs. Emergency Room: Where to go
  • Download and Complete Your State or Territories’ Advance Directive Form