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A survey finds more than 15% of Arizonans have medical debt in collections

100 million Americans report having health care debt because of medical or dental bills.

That is among the findings of a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News.

In Arizona, more than 15% of residents report having medical debt in collections, and the median amount Arizonans owe is $919. Of our neighboring states, only Utah’s amount is higher.

To discuss these results and what they mean, The Show spoke with Noam Levey, senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.