“Old medical bills plague many Americans, harming their credit scores and holding them hostage to collection agencies,” Reuters reports. Medical-related debt makes up over half of all collections items listed on credit reports, according to the National Consumer Law Center.
Fox News offers some advice: Be careful what you say on the phone. Don’t offer the debt collector a lot of information or engage in a long conversation. Sullivan says they may be recording what you say on the call
Even with a family health insurance plan for which we pay a steep premium each month, we know we’re only partially protected, CNBC reports. That’s because, like increasing numbers of Americans, we have an even steeper annual deductible to cover
Consumer Reports: “When it comes to fighting medical bills, consumers are at a disadvantage because regulatory oversight of health plans is spread among federal and state agencies. A few states have passed laws that limit surprise fees and ban out-of-network
A Consumer Reports survey “found two out of three people who had a major medical expense within the past two years had an issue with their bill. More than one-third said they had paid bills they weren’t even sure they
The Wisconsin State Journal notes there are some situations where you might be tempted to refuse to pay a medical bill, and what you might want to consider doing instead. It’s true that the latest versions of the FICO and