The Augusta Chronicle has a good summary of what debt collectors can and cannot do: CAN contact you by phone, letter, email or text message as long as they identify themselves as collectors CANNOT pretend to be someone else, such
Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about harassing calls from medical debt collectors are up, WSB reports. Debt collectors are becoming more and more aggressive, even using illegal tactics to try to get people
A Clearpoint/Kaiser Family Foundation study found that even those with insurance are particularly vulnerable to medical costs. Some interesting facts and statistics from the study: Here are a few ideas and strategies from Clearpoint for managing medical debt: Don’t pay
From the Wisconsin State Journal: When we think about consumer debt, we tend to point a finger at folks for whom shopping sprees are a way of life. But the real reason a large number of Americans wind up in
Forbes has a good description of why medical debt is different than other forms of consumer debt: In normal consumer markets, people owe what they owe. In fact, consumers often can’t purchase goods or services until they pay for them
Many consumers take their medical bills at face value — and often pay more than they need to. Some good advice from USA Today on avoiding three big mistakes: 1. Not shopping around “Start by knowing the cost of services.