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Colorado Hospitals to Pick Up Some Medical Bills for Aurora Shooting Victims

An Aurora Police officer talks on his radio outside of the Century 16 theater at Aurora Mall where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) The scene outside the theater.

A few Colorado hospitals treating victims of the Aurora movie-theater massacre will ease some of their patients' stress by covering a portion or all of their medical bills. According to the Associated Press, three of the five hospitals treating victims said Wednesday night that they will "limit or completely wipe out medical bills." It's unclear how far "limit" will extend. Some of the 58 who were injured will require lifelong care. Tragically, statistics say that some of them are uninsured: A Colorado health care advocacy group reported in 2011 that one in three Coloradans are uninsured, most commonly adults aged 18 to 34, the age group in which many of the victims fall. Charities, hospitals, and Warner Bros. have generously helped out with bills, but it appears that some of the victims may not only be emotionally devastated, but financially, too.

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Photo: Ed Andrieski