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Just FYI, one article said that it had been thousands of dollars in mental health treatment that was the medical expense for the daughter. MH treatment tends to be pretty limited as far as coverage, and it can require quite a bit of up-front money if it's inpatient treatment.

I'm not even going to try to understand the whole "pension assigning" business and how it is or isn't a loan, but I'm guessing that at the time, they had enough money coming in so that they didn't think paying this back would be that much of a hardship. That could have made them careless. They didn't seem to see it as a problem until somebody did the math and they realized how high the rate was.

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