07/26/2011 01:12 pm ET | Updated Sep 25, 2011

Shriners Hospitals Fall On Hard Times; End 89 Years Of Free Care For Kids

For 89 years, Shriners Hospitals have provided free medical care to children in Minneapolis and around the country. But no more.

By month's end, all 20 U.S. hospitals will be billing insurance companies and charging some families copayments, marking a major shift in the charity's mission.

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