One in five Americans have trouble paying medical bills, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.

In the first half of 2012, 54.2 million people — or 20.3 percent of U.S. adults — lived in a household that had trouble paying its medical bills, the new government report found.

That's down, though, from 21.7 percent during the first six months of the previous year, the agency said.

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