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Health Care Coverage Does Not Insure Against Medical Debt

The attention given to health reform in this country has focused on providing health care coverage to all Americans. Largely ignored has been the growing problem of people with health care coverage who are struggling with medical debt from expenses that insurance does not cover.   Out-of-pocket medical costs are forcing people to cut back […]

Health Care Costs Leave Many Overwhelmed By Medical Debt

Health insurers and individuals who do not have health insurance coverage will spent around $2 trillion on health care costs in 2013.  This staggering expense has been the source of medical debt problems for countless Arizona residents. An unexpected medical condition that leaves a person unable to work can quickly lead to unmanageable debt.   […]

New Bill Would Help Families Burdened By Medical Debt

The Accuracy in Reporting Medical Debt Act was a new bill that had been introduced in Congress in 2013 aimed at protecting consumers from inaccurate reporting of medical debt to credit bureaus. An estimated 10 percent of all insurance claims are processed incorrectly. Debt collectors often use information about medical debt that is false, incomplete […]

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 […]

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 […]

Credit Card Debt Affecting Potential Medical Expenses

Those who are struggling to pay medical bills in Arizona may be interested in a study showing that those who have credit card debt sometimes put off having medical care, which could slow their medical recovery or make their medical conditions worsen. In these tough economic times, people are charging a lot on their credit […]

Medical Debt Outpaces Credit Card Debt as Bankruptcy Cause

Arizona residents may be surprised to discover that credit card debt is not the number one reason people file for bankruptcy. A recent study done by NerdWallet Health analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control, the federal court system and the U.S. Census. The group discovered that medical debt now outpaces credit card debt […]

Medical Debt Collector Faces Scrutiny For Illegal Tactics

As Arizona residents rush into the emergency room for medical treatment, making an immediate payment for their treatment is probably the last thing on their mind. However, reports indicate that Accretive Health, a medical debt collection agency, has been forcing patients with outstanding debts to make payments in order to receive care.   In 2012, […]

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