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Facing mounting medical debt, family becomes homeless

Posted: 9:19 PM, Feb 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 08:41:12-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the last six months Laura and her two children have been living inside of a pay-by-week motel in Antioch. Teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, this single mom is trying her best to get by.

The bills have pushed them to the edge of homelessness. "We're not living in a car but we aren't living someplace that is adequate for my kids," she said sitting inside her motel room.

After a bitter divorce, Laura struggled to pay rent. She eventually lost the apartment she had been living in with her family. And even though she has health insurance, medical bills started piling up only adding to the burden she's dealing with.

She has a college education and works as a pharmacy technician, but says she can't keep up with the up to $5,000 of medical debt she has.

Laura estimates she'll have to file for bankruptcy by the end of the year. A painful reality for nearly 500,000 other Americans.

"I feel like the system is a failure for certain people," she added.

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