Diagnosis: Debt Inside America's most urgent health care crisis
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Diagnosis: Debt

Inside America's most urgent health care crisis

Lucille Brooks, a retiree who lives in Pittsford, New York, was sued in 2020 for nearly $8,000 by a nursing home that had taken care of her brother. The nursing home dropped the case after she showed she had no control over his money or authority to make decisions for him. Heather Ainsworth for KHN hide caption

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Nursing homes are suing friends and family to collect on patients' bills

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Jeni Rae Peters and daughter embrace at their home in Rapid City, S.D. In 2020, Peters was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After treatment, Peters estimates that her medical bills exceeded $30,000. Dawnee LeBeau for NPR hide caption

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She was already battling cancer. Then she had to fight the bill collectors

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