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"Before the appendectomy, I was looking for property and homes to purchase, and that is pretty much completely off the table right now," says Shannon Harness, a veteran who was uninsured when he had two appendicitis-related surgeries in 2019. The bills amounted to $80,232. Rachel Woolf for KHN hide caption

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Veteran's Appendectomy Launches Excruciating, Months-Long Battle Over Bill

An uninsured Colorado man who had appendicitis owed $80,232 after two surgeries. After months of negotiating with the hospital, he still owes far more than most insurers would pay for the procedures.

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This is Not a Dictatorship Ramtin Arablouei
Mossgrove Rachel Grimes
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The expanded federal unemployment benefits are gone with no extension from Congress in sight. Eviction moratoriums are expiring even as large numbers of people continue to lose jobs. And so this sudden, deep recession is forcing many people to upend their lives. Stockbyte/Getty Images hide caption

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'Will I Have A Place To Live?' Scrambling To Survive After $600 Benefits End

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One of the Best Days Ambient Jazz Ensemble
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President Trump delivers remarks on the economy in Oshkosh, Wis., on Aug. 17. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Widespread Pain, Economy Remains Strong Selling Point For Trump

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Zero Gravity Contemporary Noise Sextet
A Girl Killed Nicely Contemporary Noise Sextet

"Before the appendectomy, I was looking for property and homes to purchase, and that is pretty much completely off the table right now," says Shannon Harness, a veteran who was uninsured when he had two appendicitis-related surgeries in 2019. The bills amounted to $80,232. Rachel Woolf for KHN hide caption

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Veteran's Appendectomy Launches Excruciating, Months-Long Battle Over Bill

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Bills, Bills, Bills Destiny's Child
Day and Night Aiguille
Daydream Aiguille

Daryl Minton, 45, throws chicken feed into a yard where the chickens roam at the Triple J Farm in Windsor, N.Y. Minton lives and works on the farm his grandfather, James Minton, bought it a decade ago. Between lending discrimination and rising costs, many obstacles stand in the way of Black Americans looking to own farmland. Heather Ainsworth for NPR hide caption

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'Make Farmers Black Again': African Americans Fight Discrimination To Own Farmland

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Nine Billion Names... [To A. Clarke] Mooncake
Turquoise Mooncake

Sterling K. Brown has been nominated as best lead actor in a drama series for This Is Us and best supporting actor in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon's Prime Video. He's pictured above in Beverly Hills, Calif., in August 2017. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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Sterling K. Brown: Black Actors Have Waited 'A Long Time To Be Fully Recognized'

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