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Churches Wipe Out Millions In Medical Debt For Others

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In a mission of forgiveness, churches around the country are buying up medical debt for pennies on the dollar then erasing the debts of strangers. Since the start of 2018, at least 18 churches nationwide have abolished more than $34 million burdening America’s most debt-ridden patients.

Lawmakers Push To Stop Surprise ER Billing

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Millions of Californians are vulnerable to hefty surprise medical bills from their trips to the emergency room. Now, state lawmakers are considering a measure to cap how much out-of-network hospitals can charge privately insured patients for emergency care, which could serve as a model for other states.

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ States Race To Reverse ‘Roe’

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Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss the new abortion bans passed in Alabama and Georgia; bipartisan congressional efforts to end “surprise” out-of-network medical bills; and a new public option health insurance plan soon to be available in Washington state.

Listen: A Blitz Of Health Care Bills

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Kaiser Health News’ Julie Rovner talks about a package of health care bills that Democrats plan to push through the House this week during an interview on “Here and Now.”

Listen: Trump’s Plan To End ‘Unpleasant Surprise’ Bills

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President Donald Trump called for an end to the “unpleasant surprise” of certain medical bills on Thursday. NPR reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin covered the White House announcement, which featured two patients from the KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” series.