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At least 43 million Americans have overdue medical bills on their credit reports, according to a 2014 report on medical debt by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Hero Images/Getty Images/Hero Images hide caption

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MacKenzie Bezos, one of the wealthiest women in the world, says she'll give at least half her fortune to charity. She's seen here in April 2018 with her now-former husband, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

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Leitha Dollarhyde, a retired caregiver who lives in a rural town near Whitesburg, Ky., says she could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. Sydney Boles for NPR hide caption

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Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

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Gaby Gemetti decided to leave the workforce after having her second child. In March she started a "returnship," a new type of program to recruit and retrain women like her who are looking to resume their careers. Here, Gaby and John Gemetti are seen with their children, Carlo and Gianna. Courtesy of Shannon Wight Photography hide caption

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Hot Job Market Is Wooing Women Into Workforce Faster Than Men

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Tariff-Driven Bicycle Markup Will Fall On U.S. Consumers

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What New Tariffs Mean For One Store Owner

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Libsack says she's now feeling "hopeful" because her government finally listened. "For me, as a teacher, it's awesome," she says, "because then I can convey that to the students and say, 'Hey, you do have a voice. You are citizens. You do have a role in our government.' " Beth Nakamura for NPR hide caption

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Teachers Begin To See Unfair Student Loans Disappear

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Clarisa Corber at work at a Topeka, Kan., insurance agency. Corber and her husband — who have three kids, a health plan and $15,000 in medical debt — were profiled in a recent Los Angeles Times investigation into the effects of high-deductible health plans. Nick Krug/Los Angeles Times hide caption

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Employees Start To Feel The Squeeze Of High-Deductible Health Plans

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Ed Coambs borrowed several thousand dollars on his business credit card — the only account he didn't share with his wife, Ann — without telling her. Courtesy of Ed Coambs hide caption

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Keeping Money Secrets From Each Other: Financial Infidelity On The Rise

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