For many Oregon residents, medical bills form a significant amount of their overall debt burden. Even people with insurance may struggle with high deductibles, expensive medications or out-of-network treatments. As a result, people may find themselves facing significant amounts of debt simply for seeking much-needed health care. In fact, one study found that around 30% of Americans have some form of medical debt totaling over $500. People may be concerned about how their medical expenses could affect their credit score.
Whether due to an unexpected diagnosis, emergency room visit, surgery or more, medical bills can quickly become a source of overwhelming financial stress. While many Oregonians may do their best to financially prepare for such medical emergencies, sometimes health insurance and emergency savings may not be enough to account for a sudden accumulation of expensive medical bills.
For some Oregon residents, having money issues can be a source of embarrassment. They may think that they have somehow fallen short of those who have more money or those who have not landed on hard financial times. However, it is important to remember that financial hardships can affect anyone at any time.
People in Oregon who are struggling with student debt might have the opportunity to discharge that debt in bankruptcy if a bill introduced in Congress is successful. The Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019 has the support of one Independent, one Republican and 14 Democrats.
Lots of Oregon residents are struggling with debts they are unable to repay. While personal bankruptcy may provide an option for debt relief, many are wary of taking the hit to their credit reports that come with the option. However, these debtors may still begin to suffer serious credit damage, especially if late payments or unpaid bills begin to rack up. This means that debt-resolving bankruptcy can actually improve some people's credit scores in the long run.