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Medical debt can force Washington bankruptcy filings

Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many Washington residents are still mired in medical debt that threatens to bankrupt families who were blindsided by sudden illnesses or catastrophic injuries. Unpaid medical debts were the primary cause of the majority of personal bankruptcies in 2013.

1 in 3 Americans may need debt relief from collections accounts

If you are one of the many Americans who are facing calls from collections agencies, you are not alone. Would you believe that more than one out of every three Americans has a debt or unpaid bill that has been sent to collections? Consumers fall behind on medical costs, credit cards and even student loans or gym memberships, prompting the need for comprehensive debt relief. In too many cases, though, consumers do not receive the financial help they need.

You can get a credit card even after seeking debt relief

If you are facing a significant amount of debt, you may wonder whether you will ever qualify for a credit card in the future. Many experts say that those who have sought debt relief in the past actually may be surprised at the variety of cards they may actually be eligible to use. Although your debt load is important when describing your financial challenges, it is not the end-all when it comes to deciding your credit future.

Affordable Care Act not the panacea for medical debt

Even though millions of Americans are now able to access health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, new reports show that the health care plans may still contribute to medical debt because of high deductibles. Those seeking debt relief through lower-end plans, such as bronze or silver options, may find that their deductibles range from about $3,000 to $5,000, costs that may still be burdensome for many Americans. A deductible is the amount of money that must be paid before the insurance begins to cover qualifying medical costs.

Debt relief coming for patients duped by CreditCare practices

Wouldn't you trust your doctor to set up a payment plan for your medical bills? Scores of patients throughout Washington and the rest of the nation did, but they faced almost certain financial ruin after accepting terms from the CareCredit initiative provided by many physicians. Now, victims of that scheme may be able to access debt relief money, which will compensate them for the deceptive practices used by the medical loan agency.

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