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About two months after undergoing open-heart surgery, Sara England's infant son, Amari Vaca, was sick and struggling to breathe. Staff members at a local medical center in Salinas, California, arranged for him to be transferred to a different hospital via air ambulance. Kevin Painchaud/Kevin Painchaud hide caption

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A mom's $97,000 question: How was an air-ambulance ride not medically necessary?

There are legal safeguards to protect patients from big bills like out-of-network air-ambulance rides. But insurers may not pay if they decide the ride wasn't medically necessary.

About two months after undergoing open-heart surgery, Sara England's infant son, Amari Vaca, was sick and struggling to breathe. Staff members at a local medical center in Salinas, California, arranged for him to be transferred to a different hospital via air ambulance. Kevin Painchaud/Kevin Painchaud hide caption

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A mom's $97,000 question: How was an air-ambulance ride not medically necessary?

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When Australia's black flying foxes are well-fed, they tend to be healthy. A lack of food stresses the bats — and stress causes them to shed, or release, viruses into the environment. Ko Konno/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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How do we halt the next pandemic? Be kind to critters like bats, says a new paper

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Nicole Shanahan waves from the podium during a campaign event for independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. The California attorney is now RFK's running mate. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Robert Kennedy Jr. taps a wealthy California attorney as his running mate

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