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The Cruelest Bills

Listen: Grieving Families Face the Cruelest Bills

KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber talks with NPR's "Consider This" podcast about her reporting on families confronted with medical bills while grieving the loss of a baby who received expensive hospital care.

KHN On Air

Journalists Dig In on the Fiscal Health of the Nation and Hospital Closures in Rural Missouri

KHN and California Healthline staff made the rounds on national and local media this week to discuss their stories. Here’s a collection of their appearances.

Pharma-Funded FDA Gets Drugs Out Faster, But Some Work Only ‘Marginally’ and Most Are Pricey

Since pharmaceutical companies started funding their FDA drug applications 30 years ago, the agency’s reviews have gone much faster — perhaps too fast.

Sports Programs in States in Northern Climes Face a New Opponent: Scorching Septembers

Montana and many other states in the northern U.S. have not updated their policies to keep young athletes safe from heatstroke amid rising temperatures.

KHN On Air

Watch: Their Baby Died. The Medical Bills Haunted Them.

Sterling Raspe lived just eight months. In this KHN video, her father shows the 2-inch stack of medical bills generated by Sterling’s care.

Special Coverage

The Cruelest Bills

Shattered Dreams and Bills in the Millions: Losing a Baby in America

On top of fearing for their children’s lives, new parents of very fragile, very sick infants can face exorbitant hospital bills — even if they have insurance. Medical bills don’t go away if a child dies.

Diagnosis: Debt

A reporting partnership between KHN and NPR exploring the scale, impact, and causes of medical debt in America.


Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

Child Hospice Care Is a Lifeline for Parents Seeking a Measure of Comfort and Hope

Terminally ill children, unlike adults, can get hospice services while continuing to receive life-extending or curative care.

A Disability Program Promised to Lift People From Poverty

Instead, it left many homeless.

Bill of the Month

This investigation by KHN and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month.

Medical Coding Creates Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients

The codes used to bill insurers in the U.S. haven’t caught up to the needs of trans patients or even international standards.

Many Refugees Dealing with Trauma Face Obstacles to Mental Health Care


Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Government Spending, Congress Decides Not to Decide

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‘A Gavel?’

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