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Noam N. Levey

Andrew Crivilare and Heather Crivilare in the yard of their home in Jacksonville, Illinois, with their 2-year-old daughter, Rita, on April 30. | NEETA SATAM/KFF HEALTH NEWS

Their first baby came with medical debt. These Illinois parents won’t have another.

Women between 18 and 35 who have had a baby in the past year and a half are twice as likely to have medical debt as women of the same age who haven’t given birth recently. About 12% of the 100 million U.S. adults with health care debt attribute at least some of it to pregnancy or childbirth, with many having to take on extra work or make other sacrifices.
May 14