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Negotiating medical debt may reduce what is owed

Whether it is due to a serious disease such as cancer, or even a welcomed condition such as pregnancy, it is the unfortunate fact that many people in Lisle will find themselves facing medical debt that they simply cannot pay back. And once that debt goes to collections, many debtors may fear further consequences, such as losing their home or having other property repossessed due to unpaid medical debt.

Children's mental health care can create Illinois medical debt

This space has previously discussed the fact that one of the biggest contributors to residents' financial difficulties is medical debt. While this burden has been eased some by recent changes in federal law, the problem has not gone away, and future changes may create an even bigger problem. Even with medical insurance, many Illinois families face high health care costs, especially when it comes to the cost of keeping children healthy.

What is 'patient financial assistance' in Illinois medical debt?

The U.S. health care system has been a hot button topic for several years now. Its importance has only increased with the arrival of a new executive administration in Washington D.C. and the promises it made on the campaign trail. But regardless of how the issue is used as a political football, to many Illinois residents, how the system works, or rather, doesn't can be a very personal problem.

Restrictions on Illinois hospitals collecting from the uninsured

It is an unfortunate fact of modern economies that the costs of services tend to rise over time. This is especially true of necessary services such as medical care. Even though such costs have risen at a slower rate recently than prior to 2010, expenses remain high for certain types of care. And, while the number of people who are uninsured has dropped dramatically in recent years, there are still those without medical insurance, a population which may rise in the near future, given the uncertainty about federal law in this area.

How can Illinois residents address medical debt?

Americans everywhere deal with debt issues on a daily basis. For some, primarily younger people, the primary concern is student loan debt. For others, the primary concerns are mortgage debt, credit card debt and auto loan debt. However, for older Americans, there is another type of debt that could be the primary point of concern: medical debt. So, for Illinois residents who are facing problems with medical debt, what options are available?

Bankruptcy may help to eliminate unpaid medical debt

One of the most prominent reasons that an Illinois resident can run into financial trouble is through medical expenses. These can be due to an unexpected accident or incident, or an ongoing illness or condition. While the government has been seeking ways for people to have health coverage to avoid running into massive hospital bills, these methods are in flux, with confusion as to what will eventually happen. Often, those who are confronted with medical expenses so large that they have no hope of paying them will reference having no health insurance as a reason. There is hope for those who are dealing with this all-too-common issue: filing for bankruptcy.

What happens to medical debt if the patient dies?

Everyone in Illinois is supposed to have some sort of medical coverage. That's one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Still, as we have noted in previous posts, that doesn't mean the troubling issue of medical debt has disappeared. Such bills continue to be the reason behind most filings for bankruptcy.

EpiPen shows it's easy to generate medical bill sticker shock

You may have heard of the EpiPen. The medical device can be a lifesaver for someone who goes into anaphylactic shock because of a severe allergy attack. It delivers an injection of epinephrine into a victim's body, opening airways and narrowing blood vessels. Epinephrine has been around a long time. What makes the EpiPen different is the delivery system. It's so easy that almost anyone can give the shot.

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