Medical bills are one of the leading causes of debt and bankruptcy in the U.S. each year. According to the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, 41 percent of people aged 19-64 disclosed that they had trouble paying their medical bills or associated medical debt. As one of the largest problems facing Americans today, it is essential that patients know what to do when they have difficulty paying their medical bills.
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According to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon, when you file for bankruptcy in the state, credit reporting agencies may take your publicly filed documents and send the information to credit reporting services who then put the information on your credit report. When doing so, they may indicate that your debt was discharged through bankruptcy and you have no current balance on the account. Although you no longer owe the company any money, you may see your credit score drop significantly as a result. How much your score drops depends on your credit score prior to filing, how many debts were discharged during your bankruptcy and your overall debt-to-income ratio.
When debtors take possession of items without having paid for the items in full, they may be in danger of having those things repossessed. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the company’s ability to repossess the items in question largely depends on whether or not a signed contract exists and the provisions that are contained therein. For example, a contract may state that a man is required to make all payuments on time, and if he fails to do so, he may be subject to repossession.
The Oregon State Bar states that after filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, debtors must attend a meeting of creditors to give testimony regarding their debts. This meeting, which is also known as a 341 meeting, is compulsory, and if the debtor fails to attend, the Court can dismiss his or her case as a result. A trustee is usually the one to oversee this meeting, which can last a few minutes in simple matters or many hours for complex cases. The trustee is often tasked with ensuring that procedure is followed, verifying that the testimony of the debtor is accurate, and making recommendations about the debtor’s plan to the judge.