Friday, September 5, 2008

Medical Debt

Debt resulting from medical bills deters people from seeking future care, which can result in the need for more expensive treatment later on. In addition, medical debt can affect the overall financial security of families and undermine their economic stability. These are some of the findings from The Access Projects work with community organizations across the country to examine the consequences of medically-related debt for individuals and families.

Do you have medical debt?
The Access Project’s Medical Debt Resolution Program may be able to help. Please complete our intake form and someone from our program will respond with information and assistance. The form may be filled out electronically using our online form or, print out a .pdf version and return it to us by email or fax 617 654-9922.
The Access Project Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Medical Bankruptcy & Medical Debt
Mark Rukavina, Executive Director of The Access Project, testified on July 17, 2007 at the hearing "Working Families in Financial Crisis: Medical Debt and Bankruptcy" of the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law. The hearing focused on medical debt as a contributor to personal bankruptcy. In his testimony, Mr. Rukavina described how the financial burden of health care costs sometimes results in medical debt. He presented information on the prevalence of medical debt, conveyed how it serves as a barrier to health care and explained how it tarnished people's credit He urged regulators to prevent involuntary medical debt from ruining people's credit reports and scores by prohibiting medical providers, and their agents, from reporting such debt to credit agencies.

Norman DeLisle, MDRC
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