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Andrew Ladd and Fumiko Chino at their wedding in 2006, after his cancer diagnosis. Ladd died the following year, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt. Courtesy of Dr. Fumiko Chino hide caption

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Widowed Early, A Cancer Doctor Writes About The Harm Of Medical Debt

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Shannon McGrath, pictured with her son Rayder, says it has been a lot easier to make her medical appointments recently, thanks to help from a "patient navigator" — assigned to her by Kaiser Permanente — who arranged McGrath's transportation. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

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Half of all the debt that appears on credit reports is related to medical expenses, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State

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Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., is changing its name to Mosaic Life Care. It was the focus of an NPR and ProPublica investigation into its billing practices. Steve Hebert for ProPublica hide caption

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

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Keith Herie is swamped in debt from medical issues he and his wife encountered starting about a decade ago. Heartland hospital is seizing 10 percent of his paycheck and 25 percent of his wife's wages, and has placed a lien on their home. Steve Hebert for ProPublica hide caption

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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

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Bridgeit Vaughn (left), of the billing office at Mid State Orthopaedic, meets with Gayle Jackson-Pryce to discuss the costs of Jackson-Pryce's upcoming shoulder surgery. Jenny Gold for NPR hide caption

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With Medical Debt Rising, Some Doctors Push For Payment Upfront

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