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How Does Medical Debt Affect Americans' Lives?

Reporting, poll findings & policy insights related to the 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times Medical Bills Survey.


  1. In a column for TheWall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman uses the survey to examine the problems many Americans with health insurance are having paying medical bills and discusses why the issue of the adequacy of insurance coverage is gaining traction.
  2. Survey findings prompted Kaiser experts to explore the issue of surprise medical bills -- charges arising when someone with health insurance inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider.
  3. In a 30-minute segment on the radio program "To the Point," the Kaiser Family Foundation's Liz Hamel and New York Times reporter Margot Sanger-Katz outline key findings of the medical bills survey.