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Wren Vetens was promised a significant discount on the cost of her gender-confirmation surgery if she paid in cash upfront, without using her health insurance. Yet afterward, Vetens received an explanation of benefits saying the hospital had billed her insurer nearly $92,000. Lauren Justice for KHN hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Bill Of The Month: A Plan For Affordable Gender-Confirmation Surgery Goes Awry

A young grad student worked out a way to pay for life-changing gender-confirmation surgery. But she still had to fight to resolve a billing discrepancy that ran into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Heavy weapons like this shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon deliver a powerful blast to the shooter's head. D. Gonzalez/1st Marine Division hide caption

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Heavy Weapons Training May Cause Brain Injuries, But The VA Doesn't Cover It

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Girls at the St. John's Community Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, attend an event supported by PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Praise For The Global HIV Program That Trump Wants To Cut

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Praise For The Global HIV Program That Trump Wants To Cut

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Wren Vetens was promised a significant discount on the cost of her gender-confirmation surgery if she paid in cash upfront, without using her health insurance. Yet afterward, Vetens received an explanation of benefits saying the hospital had billed her insurer nearly $92,000. Lauren Justice for KHN hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: A Plan For Affordable Gender-Confirmation Surgery Goes Awry

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People released from immigration detention centers are often dropped off at the McAllen bus station in Texas. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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National

Hundreds Of Families Still Separated As Reunification Deadline Arrives

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Hundreds Of Families Still Separated As Reunification Deadline Arrives

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Christian Tetzlaff's new album features the two Violin Concertos by Béla Bartók. Giorgia Bertazzi hide caption

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Giorgia Bertazzi

Deceptive Cadence

Christian Tetzlaff: Don't Mind Me, I'm Just The Violinist

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Christian Tetzlaff: Don't Mind Me, I'm Just The Violinist

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Despite a ban on same-sex intercourse, India has a discreet gay scene in cosmopolitan centers, including at the Lalit hotel, where Rani Ko-He-Nur attends a drag night. The hotel's executive director is one of the plaintiffs in a Supreme Court case seeking to overturn the ban. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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World

India's LGBTQ Activists Await Supreme Court Verdict On Same-Sex Intercourse Ban

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India's LGBTQ Activists Await Supreme Court Verdict On Same-Sex Intercourse Ban

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