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.
The scene outside the theater. Photo: Ed Andrieski