Pushing Back on Medical Bills Yields Results: Survey

Most consumers don’t challenge medical bills they get from doctors and hospitals, according to the results of a recent poll. But of those who do challenge the bills, the majority of them are successful in getting the disputed charges removed or reduced. Nearly two-thirds of consumers have never challenged the …

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AHA Pushes Back on Medical Debt Report

The American Hospital Association is fighting back after a report was released last week that said about 15% of all non-elderly adults are carrying some amount of unpaid medical debt, saying that the report failed to mention the underlying root-causes of the problem while also failing “to appreciate the looming …

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Bill Introduced in Illinois to Ease Medical Debt Burden

The Illinois legislature is considering a bill that would require hospitals screen individuals without health insurance before initiating any collection activity while also prohibiting the sale of medical debt. To help advance the legislation and bring attention to the medical debt problem in Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and …

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15% of All Adults Carrying Past-Due Medical Debt: Study

More than 60% of individuals with unpaid medical bills have been contacted by a collection agency to recover those debts, according to a report released yesterday by the Urban Institute. The report also disclosed than about 15% of all non-elderly adults living in the United States are carrying some amount …

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Utah Legislature Advances Medical Debt Relief Bill

A bill has been introduced in the Utah state legislature that would earmark $100,000 of government funds to be used to purchase unpaid medical debt of state residents and have it forgiven, similar to other programs that have been announced in cities and states across the country. A copy of …

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One-Third of Californians Living with Medical Debt: Report

More than one-third of individuals living in California are carrying some amount of medical debt, and one-fifth of those who do owe at least $5,000, according to a report released last week by the California Health Care Foundation. Demographically, Californians with lower incomes were more likely than those with higher …

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