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Monday

Jeff and Kareen King received a hospital bill for $160,000 a few weeks after Jeff had a procedure to restore his heart rhythm. Bram Sable-Smith/KHN hide caption

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Monday

The story of a Kansas couple struggling to avoid bankruptcy over medical debt

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Wednesday

After a car crash, Peggy Dula was billed $3,606 in ambulance fees by a taxpayer-funded municipal fire department. Bram Sable-Smith/KHN hide caption

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The ambulance chased one patient into collections

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Thursday

Some lost their homes. Some emptied their retirement accounts. Some struggled to feed and clothe their families. Medical debt now touches more than 100 million people in America, as the U.S. health care system pushes patients into debt on a mass scale. Jamar Coach; Eamon Queeney; Laura Buckman for KHN and NPR hide caption

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Jamar Coach; Eamon Queeney; Laura Buckman for KHN and NPR

Tuesday

A Google search for Obamacare plans can direct consumers to a series of "lead-generating" websites: nongovernmental webpages that connect insurance brokers to consumers. Getty Images hide caption

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Parents of children under 5 are waiting for COVID-19 guidance

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Thursday

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Vaccinate and test. That advice isn't much help to parents who have kids under 5.

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Friday

Like many seniors, William Stork of Cedar Hill, Mo., lacks dental insurance and doesn't want to pay $1,000 for a tooth extraction he needs. Health advocates see President Biden's Build Back Better agenda as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide dental coverage to people like Stork who are on Medicare. An unlikely adversary: the American Dental Association. Joe Martinez for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Wednesday

Examining COVID-19 Cases In Hard-Hit Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee

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Wednesday

Ric Peralta and his wife Lisa are both able to check Ric's blood sugar levels at any time, using the Dexcom app and an arm patch that measures the levels and sends the information wirelessly. Allison Zaucha for NPR hide caption

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It's Not Just Insulin: Diabetes Patients Struggle To Get Crucial Supplies

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Friday

Vaping has been linked to a cluster of hospitalizations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. sestovic/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Behind A Cluster Of Vaping-Related Hospitalizations?

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Saturday

Thor Ringler (right) interviewed Ray Miller (left) in Miller's hospital room at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis., in April. Miller's daughter Barbara (center) brought in photos and a press clipping from Miller's time in the National Guard to help facilitate the conversation. Bram Sable-Smith for NPR hide caption

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Storytelling Helps Hospital Staff Discover The Person Within The Patient

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Sunday

Eli Lilly and Company, based in Indianapolis, is rolling out a half-price version of its insulin Humalog that will be sold as a generic. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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How Much Difference Will Eli Lilly's Half-Price Insulin Make?

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Monday

Angela Lautner, who lives in Elsmere, Ky., has Type 1 diabetes and is an advocate for affordable insulin. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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'We're Fighting For Our Lives': Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

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