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A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options
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Mounting medical debt and struggles with insurers led Shelley Toreson to drop her health insurance. She now pays discounted rates upfront for her medical needs. Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers
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Millions of people who rely on check-cashing stores, like this one in New York City, could run into trouble buying health insurance. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account
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Deb Waldin testifies about her experience with a debt collector at a Minnesota hospital during a hearing led by Sen. Al Franken in St. Paul, Minn., in late May. Minnesota Public Radio/Jeffrey Thompson hide caption

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Sick in America: Hispanics Grapple With Cost And Quality Of Care
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Nonprofit Hospitals Faulted For Stinginess With Charity Care
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Dr. Mitch Katz rides his bike to work, defying the commuting norm in Los Angeles. Michael Wilson/L.A.County Health Services Dept. hide caption

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Los Angeles Bets On Crusading Doctor To Turn Around Public Health System
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