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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Medical Bills Can Hurt Credit

People in Arizona might not know that medical debt represents almost half of all reported collection accounts. Individuals often contest bills with their doctor or health insurer. However, it’s important for people to understand they can’t just ignore those bills. Medical debt can harm credit if a bill goes into collection.   According to the […]

Adults Usually Not Responsible For Childhood Medical Debts

A visit to the doctor is not something to which most children look forward. Most children are concerned about what the doctor will do to them and not with how the bill is going to be paid. But today, debt collectors are harassing adults for medical debt that was incurred when they were minors. The legal […]

Financial Challenges Associated With 401(k) Loans

A recent study reported that a quarter of the population has borrowed from their retirement accounts. Borrowing from a 401(k) at an attractive interest rate to pay off high-interest credit card debt could make sense, but there are disadvantages. One risk is the loss of asset protection for the 401(k) in case of a personal […]

Financial Challenges Bring Debt Collection Abuses

Financial challenges brought on by unemployment and a struggling economy have exposed many Arizonans to abuses by debt collectors and debt collection agencies. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was enacted to control debt collection practices that Congress believed were responsible for personal bankruptcy and unwarranted turmoil in the personal lives of consumers.   Stopping […]

College Students Increasingly Struggle With Credit Card Debt

The struggling economy, unemployment and unexpected life changes have been the cause of financial challenges for many Arizona residents over the past few years. Meanwhile, many college students have struggled with credit card debt that has caused some of them to file for personal bankruptcy, particularly as they have dealt with tuition and diminished job […]

Payday Loans In Arizona May Create Financial Challenges

For years, Arizona workers have used payday loans to meet unexpected financial challenges that cannot wait until the next paycheck. The loans are readily available from check cashing agencies or finance companies but come at a high cost, particularly when the loan is not paid when it is due. For some borrowers, the costs of […]

Arizona Attorney General Sued Companies Over Broken Debt Relief Promises

Events leading to the simultaneous collapse of the real estate and mortgage markets in 2008 and 2009 left many homeowners with new financial challenges created by an economic recession, high mortgage balances and declining home values. Some homeowners who needed to stop foreclosure and obtain manageable payments were able to obtain the fresh financial start […]

Expected Doctor Shortage Adds to Consumer Concerns

People in need of medical care in Arizona and other states might have difficulty finding a doctor in the future. Reports point to a 90,000 shortage in the number of doctors needed in the U.S. by 2020. For people now struggling with overwhelming medical debt, worries about a future shortage of doctors is just another […]

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