My Mother-In-Law Was Diagnosed With Cancer. We Are Broke From Medical Debts. – JS

“Dear Michael, My mother inlaw was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago. My husband is an only child. We have been helping my inlaws with cancer treatment money and household finances for over a year. We sold our house to help pay for treatments, I did not work for a year so that I could … Read more

Is It True That If I Send $1 a Month The Creditors Will Leave Me Alone? – Shanna

“Dear Steve, I debate politics a lot with friends and even complete strangers. More than once someone has insisted that “If you just pay $1 a month they have to accept it and they can’t send you to collections and it will have no negative impact on your credit score.” Usually it is in regards … Read more

We Are Good Country Folk Trying to Build Our Credit. – Rebecca

“Dear Steve, Everything bad on our credit report is major medicals; & we can’t pay on them right now. Nothing else – we’re simple country folk. We’ve had a 23% interest car loan for 2 years – we’ve been good on, (have a year to go); & a $300 secured Visa with our local bank … Read more

Medical Student Debt Leads To Thoughts Of Suicide and Burnout

Having worked for years in the medical field I applaud anyone that decides that they want to become a doctor. But I’ve met my share of people that seem to have become doctors for “the money” or who once they became doctors, wanted to do something else with their lives. Being a doctor is not … Read more

My Twenty Year Old Daughter is in a Terrible Financial Situation. – Sam’s Mom

Sam’s Mom “Dear Steve, My daughter is 20 and what credit she has is already bad. She lived with a boyfriend (and friends) for two years and now has moved back home. Her current job is in the food industry on a college campus so that job will be gone when the school year ends. … Read more

We Have Four Kids, My Wife Works Two Days a Week, And I Don’t Know if I Should Pay the Bills? – Scott

Scott “Dear Steve, $28,000 in debt on credit cards and medical. Wife works 2 days a week and does not bring in a significant portion of income to help. Have 4 children in house (2 of ours, 3 and 1 years old) and 2 step children (my wife’s)). My oldest step-child is pregnant and due … Read more

My Boyfriend Was in a Car Accident and Has a Big Medical Bill. – Mary

“Dear Steve, My boyfriend was in a car accident and went to the ER with chest pain immediately after it– we thought the insurance company would cover the cost of the ER visit because the other driver was at fault. There was no medical problem found and no follow-up required, but the bill for the … Read more

We Need a Break in Interest From Our Credit Cards. – David

“Dear Steve, We have almost $200,000 in credit card debt. Although we are current on payments, we now have a health situation that may not allow us to continue making our payments. My wife and I make a good income ($220,000 per year), but we need relief – primarily interest relief from the cards. We … Read more

I Live on a Fixed Income and Owe $52,000 in Medical Bills on Credit Cards – Patricia

Patricia “Dear Steve, I owe unsecured dept in the amount of 52,000.00. These are mostly medical bills applied to credit cards. I live on a fixed income and would like to know if there is some government grant that is free. I would really like to get out from under this debt as I do … Read more

Rachel is in Medical Debt, Was Sued And Lost. What’s Next?

“Dear Steve, I’m in debt from medical bills at about $17,000. I was taken to court over a $560 bill and am making payments on that, now I have another bill for about the same amount that i have court with next month. My finances are totally screwed up and i need to get a … Read more