By Skylar Srivastava, CNN
(CNN) - Next week in an American Morning original series, "Health care: Prescription for waste," we examine more waste in the health care system – and this time it could involve your money.
With the health care system in crisis and Congress trying to work out a solution, your health spending budget could still be going through the roof. What if it was simply a matter of careless book-keeping or an inefficient claims process, would you take the time to find out? On Monday, CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen shows us just how expensive some medical accessories can be and whether you’re getting slammed with bogus bills.
We’ll also be shopping around for a medical procedure. You already do it for vacations and real estate, what about comparison shopping for a hernia repair? Will hospitals really tell you what it will cost? On Tuesday, we’ll take you through the ropes.
Is parenthood in your near future? For new parents this could be a shocker. The way you have your baby delivered could save you an extra two thousand dollars, and that could help you buy those diapers you’ll be needing. Wednesday, Elizabeth Cohen will tell you the exact dollars and “sense,” and why you should be planning a lot more than just a pregnancy.
(CNN) – Women could soon be on the front-lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. The top Army brass is considering lifting a ban on having women in a combat role. Our Barbara Starr has the report from the Pentagon.
Orlando, Florida (CNN) – SeaWorld has scheduled a news conference Friday to discuss an accident that left a trainer dead after she was attacked by a whale, a spokesman said.
Dawn Brancheau, 40, died Wednesday from multiple injuries and drowning after a 12,000-pound whale grabbed her ponytail and pulled her underwater in front of shocked onlookers at Shamu Stadium, the Orange County Sheriff's office said Thursday.
She was "pulled underwater for an extended period of time," Chuck Tompkins, SeaWorld's curator of zoological operations, told CNN's "American Morning."
SeaWorld said the 1 p.m. ET news conference will give more details. Watch the news conference live on CNN.com and on your iPhone.
Read more: Details coming in whale trainer's death
All this week, we've been bringing you stories about how people are building up America. Today's is really a great example of building from the ground up.
It's a program teaching troubled kids the basics of construction so they have a good foundation. Our Tom Foreman has the story from Austin, Texas.
Editor's Note: All this week in our special series "Broken Government," CNN is taking a hard look at our nation's government; the frustrating problems and the potential solutions. Today, our Dr. Sanjay Gupta heads to a small community, now surrounded by 14 chemical plants spewing cancer-causing waste. Why has it taken the government's environmental watchdog a decade to get involved?
(CNN) - All week long, we have been investigating our broken government. Today, we focus on the environment. Specifically, one town's fears that pollution from nearby chemical plants is making them sick.
Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the story of Mossville, Louisiana, and the government's failure to respond to their cries for help.
Read more: Toxic town 'like an experiment'
Right now, lawmakers in Washington are spinning their wheels while health care costs sky-rocket. Millions of people are living without insurance. And it's not just the unemployed.
There's a growing number of working Americans who can't afford to be insured. Our David Mattingly has this AM original report about some people in New Orleans who are finding creative ways to get medical help – without paying hefty premiums.
Related: Analysts: Health summit a 'spectacle'
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