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Air ambulance rides can leave patients with severe medical debt

When a serious accident occurs, it is sometimes necessary for a patient to be air lifted in order to get the treatment they need as soon as possible. While this rapid transport may save the patient's life, it may also leave them with a hefty bill.

How the Affordable Care Act has increased medical debt

One of the main purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to ensure that every person has access to health insurance. That goal has largely been accomplished as millions of previously uninsured Americans are now covered by some kind of health insurance policy. However, many people in Tennessee are finding that having insurance has not prevented them from incurring medical related debt.

Proposed legislation would change how medical debt affects credit

For the over 43 million people who have medical debt on their credit reports, a new proposal could bring them some assistance. reports that five Democratic Senators have introduced a new piece of federal legislation that would offer Tennesseans some credit score relief.

How balance billing drives patients into debt

Receiving a medical bill when uninsured is never fun, but at least it is expected. Receiving a bill when covered, however can be a huge surprise, especially if it is for an amount that is unaffordable. Unfortunately, this happens more often than people imagine and balance billing is the culprit.

How a parent's medical debt can affect their children

Adult children with ailing or recently deceased parents may wonder if they can be held liable for any of their parents' unpaid medical bills. More than half of the states have laws in place regarding this issue known as filial responsibility laws.  According to Forbes, these laws state that if a court finds that a parent is unable to pay their own medical bills or care for themselves, his or her children may be responsible for covering the costs of care. Tennessee is one of those states.

Medical debt can accumulate quickly

There are many reasons why people find themselves in a financial slide and one of these is medical debt. At Rothschild & Ausbrooks PLLC, we know that medical debt can accumulate quickly. An unexpected or even planned for medical procedure, can catch people unawares and leave them facing multiple bills for a variety of treatments and services.

How can you limit your medical debts?

Like others in Tennessee, and elsewhere, you may have struggled to pay your medical bills. As of 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 10 families had medical debts that they were unable to pay. While an unexpected medical condition or injury may lead to unforeseen expenses, there are steps that people can take to help ease the financial burdens of medical care.

Medical debt collectors prohibited from using harassing tactics

Many people in Tennessee, and elsewhere, are struggling with medical debt. As a result, medical debt collectors may have contacted them at one time or another. Although, like others, federal law prohibits these collectors from using harassing tactics, they sometimes cross the line. Therefore, it is important for people to understand their rights with regards to medical debt collectors to help ensure they do not get taken advantage of.

Medical debts commonly lead to Tennessee bankruptcy filings

Whether for planned care, or unexpected illnesses or injuries, medical expenses can add up quickly in Tennessee, and elsewhere. Often, you may find yourself unable to keep up with these bills. We are often asked about debts resulting from medical bills at Rothschild & Ausbrooks, PLLC. As such, we will discuss how these expenses may become overwhelming, and what you can do to regain control of your finances in this post.

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