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For Nonprofit Hospitals Who Sue Patients, New Rules


by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Jan. 15, 2015, 10:33 a.m. Last month, ProPublica and NPR detailed how one nonprofit hospital in Missouri sued thousands of lower income workers who couldn’t pay their bills, then seized their wages, all while enjoying a big break on its taxes. Since then, the IRS has released long-awaited rules designed to address such aggressive debt collection ... Read More »

    A Million Consumers Victims of GE CareCredit. Refunds to Follow.


    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against GE Capital Retail Bank for allegedly taking advantage of consumers through their medical debt financing program. Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering GE Capital Retail Bank and its subsidiary, CareCredit, to refund up to $34.1 million to potentially more than 1 million consumers who were victims of deceptive ... Read More »

      Stop Gambling With Your Debt. Get Health Insurance.


      People who don’t like to gamble and think it is stupid, gamble every single day with the biggest debt they may ever owe. But then again people are not the most logical creatures. Some would no more consider wasting money on lottery tickets because the odds of winning are so low but they gamble by not having health insurance because ... Read More »

        Those With Cancer Nearly Three Times More Likely to File for Bankruptcy

        Cancer patient versus non-cancer patient filing rates.

        A recent study found adults diagnosed with cancer are 2.65 times more likely to file for bankruptcy while bankruptcy filings are as much as five times higher among your cancer patients. According to the study, led by Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, an internist and health economist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, between 1995 and 2009 ... Read More »

          Consumers Tricked Into Buying Subpar Health Insurance

          The Federal Trade Commission charged a telemarketing operation with bilking millions of dollars from thousands of consumers by tricking them into buying what they believed was comprehensive health insurance, when in fact they had paid for something decidedly less. At the FTC’s request, a federal court stopped the defendants from marketing or selling any products or services related to medical ... Read More »

            I’m Struggling with Stress and Can’t Afford All My Bills. Should I Apply for SSI? – Lauren

            “Dear Steve, I am unemployed 26 years old with a bachelor’s degree I cannot use in my area. I have been under mental stress lately by going in and out of hospitals and cannot seem to bring myself to paying bills. I have been told to file an SSI claim but does that have certain stipulations? I don’t want to ... Read More »

              Community Health Centers: Free or Low Cost Health Care is Just Waiting for You

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              Finding affordable health care is a challenge for many people, with and without insurance. People often go without necessary preventative or regular care and medical problems fester and become much worse. Much worse can be translated into much more expensive. Or people use the emergency room as their primary care treatment option, only to wind up with big bills they ... Read More »

                How Can People Afford the Dentist and Dental Care?

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                The recent Frontline story on the dental crisis faced in America today is especially timely for me. I just went to the dentist to replace a broken filling and was shocked by the cost of modern dental services. And the underlying issue is if you don’t invest in getting the work done it can lead to bigger and more expensive ... Read More »

                  Consumer Billing and Debt Safeguards Under Obamacare / Affordable Care Act

                  Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land now and it’s time to start really understanding what the Act provides consumers. While you might have had a visceral reaction to the law, a review of the 974 page compilation of patient protection under the Act brings some favorable safeguards and protections to all. Under ... Read More »

                    We Have a Lot of Debt From Colon Cancer Treatment. – Valerie

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                    I recently used a non profit debt consolidation co. to reduce my credit card debt. Later that month I won a law settlement of $20,000. I thought this would be a good safety net to stay away from credit cards. A month later my husband was diagnosed with 3rd stage colon cancer. He had surgery. He started chemo. We have ... Read More »

                      Simplee – Helping to Manage Your Health Insurance

                      My husband and I are pretty healthy and our doctor visits had been limited to yearly check-ups and an out of the blue visit when a cold wasn’t going away. This year has been a bit different for us in terms of using our health insurance. Besides getting my check-up I also had to go to my OB/GYN appointments and ... Read More »

                        Small Medical Debts Screw Up Credit Score and Damage Credit Report

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                        The Wall Street Journal is reporting a story about how small unknown medical debts can lead to big problems and a lot of expenses for especially those trying to get a mortgage or refinance. Otherwise well-qualified borrowers with good loan-to-value ratios and steady employment are increasingly finding it difficult to refinance because of medical billing mistakes marring their credit, say ... Read More »

                          Packing On The Pounds, Is Your Debt To Blame?

                          I started this article with the intention of comparing debt to food. Terms that myself and others would find much more appealing than fiscal comparisons. I started with one notion: money is boring. Unless you’re spending it of course. I laid down the ground rules and compared the amount of money we budget to the allotted calories we should consume ... Read More »

                            FTC Cracks Down on Bogus Medical Discount Plans.

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                            Operators charged with scamming people who did not have health insurance – the uninsured, the unemployed, and the uninsurable – have been targeted by a federal-state coalition of law enforcement agencies for fraudulently marketing “medical discount plans” as health insurance. The Federal Trade Commission and law enforcers in 24 states have filed a total of 54 lawsuits and regulatory actions ... Read More »

                              A Great Resource to Find Affordable Health Insurance Information

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                              The government has just launched and it is a great site about the affordable options for health insurance in America. Here is how the site describes itself. Welcome to, a website we designed to help you, your family, your business, your parents and grandparents, and your neighbors and friends get the information you need to make the best ... Read More »

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