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What happens when you don’t pay a hospital bill

Source: Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

About 43 million Americans have unpaid medical debt dinging their credit, and half of all overdue debt on Americans’ credit reports is from medical expenses, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study from 2014. The debt typically comes from out-of-network doctors who people thought were in-network, hospital stays, or ambulance rides. About one in six Americans received a surprise out-of-network medical bill in 2017 after being treated in a hospital, even though they had insurance, according to Kaiser Health News.

Companies can try to collect on medical debt virtually forever.

New York and eight other states have passed comprehensive laws protecting patients from surprise billing, and Congress is considering similar measures.

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