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Medical Debt is Ruining Your Credit Score - Here's How to Fix It

By: Daniel Rosen December 06, 2022

Are you suffering from Medical Debt or Medical Collections? 

More than 100 MILLION Americans have medical debt ruining their credit reports, and today, I'm going to give you the cure! 

 

Medical collections are a big hurdle for anyone trying to repair credit, and medical debt has become a bigger issue than anyone could've imagined. 

We've all heard stories and seen reports about just how crazy medical bills have gotten.

People are taking Ubers to avoid ambulance fees.

Debt relief websites are suggesting Crowdfunding services like GoFundMe to help people pay off healthcare debts.
And just recently, two medical bills went viral.

The first was from 1956, and it showed the cost of spending six days in the hospital and having a child was $107.55.

And the second bill was from 2022, and it showed the cost of being treated for a snake bite was $244,995.97. 

But what's crazier than the size of that bill is the fact that these huge amounts are becoming less and less shocking. 

It's not like this in other countries, but in America, medical costs are out of control! 

In many cases, people don't even know they have medical debt, but even if they did, they can't afford to pay it.  At these prices, who could? 

And despite everything we know, the extent of the problem might STILL be worse than we realize.

SO HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO US?

Well, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationwide survey exploring the scale, impact, and causes of medical debt in America, and their findings were unbelievable!

Their survey found that in the past five years, more than HALF of U.S. adults went into debt because of medical bills.

And medical debt is highest in the southern states that refused to implement all parts of the Affordable Care Act or to expand Medicaid.

ONE out of THREE adults said they didn't know their insurance plan didn't cover their hospital or medical service. 

ONE out of FOUR found out their insurance provider denied their claims. 

ONE out of FOUR with medical debt owes more than $5,000. 

And most importantly…
ONE out of FIVE people with any amount of debt said they don't expect to EVER PAY IT OFF.

Most of these unpaid bills will end up in third-party debt collections, and most of these people will need serious credit repair.

HERE'S THE THING TO REMEMBER…

The laws and policies are changing.

As of July 1st, 2022, the credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion removed all paid medical collection debt from their reports.
Until this point, medical collections would remain on file for up to seven years, regardless of whether or not the debt was paid.

The credit bureaus also extended the amount of time that we have to pay outstanding medical bills before they're added to their credit reports. They extended it from six months to one year. 

And beginning in 2023, the credit bureaus are going to remove and no longer report any medical collections debt under $500. 

The bureaus claim this change will remove 70% of medical collections debt from consumer credit scores.

However, a CFPB Report found that about HALF of all consumers with medical collection accounts on their credit reports will likely STILL have medical collections reported even after the medical collections reporting change goes into effect. 

So that's really fucked up for a lot of people!

HERE'S WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT…

We can't rely on Credit Bureaus to fix the medical debt problem because they profit from it. So you have to learn how to fight back. 

If you ever get hit with medical debt that you can't pay, you need to know the secret to deleting medical collections from credit reports! 

And believe it or not, it's easy. You just need to know your rights. 

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, if debt to a medical facility goes unpaid, they have the right to take measures to collect the debt, including selling your personal information to a debt collector. 

But, the information that can be provided to the collector is very limited. 

Now, the main purpose of HIPAA, which is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is to prevent anyone from abusing our personal health information. 

So, when debt collectors decide to deal with medical debt, they must sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement to indicate they will comply with and follow all HIPAA regulations that involve protected health information.

Debt Collection agencies do not need any of your protected health information or medical history to collect a medical debt. 

In fact, they are responsible for ensuring that any protected health information they receive is secured from unauthorized access. 

So, wanna know the best part of HIPAA? 
You can use HIPAA to delete medical collections. Yes! Grab a pen and paper.  

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…

When a Medical Facility or Provider gives your personal information to a debt collector, they can only share your name, address, social security number, date of birth, payment history, and the location and name of the facility where you were treated. 

That's it! 

They absolutely cannot disclose the nature of your treatment or details of procedures to the collector. This includes paperwork or bills that disclose medications you've taken and ailments or diseases you may have been diagnosed with or treated for. 

So, if a debt collector presents you with any of these protected details, for example, if they show you a bill that has anything related to your medical treatment. BOOM! You got ‘em. 

They are in direct violation of HIPAA regulations, and they now face severe fines. 

And it's time to put them on notice.

It's time to send that debt collector a Validation of Medical Debt (HIPAA Request) Dispute Letter!

This special Letter will scare the shit out of debt collectors. This is the magical letter.  Again it's called the Validation of Medical Debt (HIPAA Request) Dispute Letter.

If you have clients with medical debt in collections. If you have friends with debt in medical collections. You need this letter. And I'm going to give it to you. 

You can download it right now at CreditRepairCloud.com/HIPAA

When you fill it out and mail this letter to a debt collector, you are basically threatening them with a lawsuit for HIPAA violations.
And if you can prove that they've violated HIPAA, it usually convinces the debt collector to delete the account. 

But even if they don't delete the collection account from your credit report, you'll probably be able to use this as a solid negotiating point and go after a pay-per-deletion, which I will cover in a later episode. 

MY FINAL POINT…

Medical Debt isn't like Holiday Debt. Disciplined spending habits won't fix this problem. 

Most Americans who filed for bankruptcy due to medical debt had health insurance. And TWO out of THREE people said they put off medical care that they really needed because of the cost. 

Planning isn't the issue. Medical costs are astronomical, and salary increases have not kept up with healthcare costs.  

This current system is horrible, we're trapped in it, and the only people who like it are the ones profiting from it.
Things are changing, but the change isn't drastic enough, and it's not happening fast enough. 

We have to fight back. 

I'll end by saying…

If you don't already have a Credit Repair Cloud account, check it out. It's the software that most Credit Repair businesses in America run on. Just sign up for a 30-Day Free Trial at CreditRepairCloud.com/freetrial

And if you'd like to change lives and grow your own credit repair business, check out our Credit Hero Challenge!

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It's an amazing program, and we've got another challenge starting in a few days, so grab your spot right now at CreditHeroChallenge.com!

Until next time, remember…

If you know your rights, you can fight back, and you can WIN! Keep fighting!

Keep giving knowledge away and keep changing lives!

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Daniel Rosen  0:00  
Hey, credit heroes, are you suffering from medical debt or medical collections? More than 100 million Americans have medical debt ruining their credit reports. And today, I'm going to give you the cure, so you better stick around. So the big question is this, how can we take our passion for helping people with their credit, and turn it into a successful business without taking loans, without spending a fortune, by bootstrapping it from nothing? So we can help the most people and still become highly profitable? That is the question, and this podcast will give you the answer. My name is Daniel Rosen, and welcome to credit repair business secrets. If this is your first time listening to my podcast, every week, I give credit repair tips and advice on bootstrapping your business from nothing. So be sure to click that subscribe button now and get ready to start changing lives. 

Okay, let's get into this. Medical collections are a huge hurdle for anyone trying to repair debt. And medical debt has become a bigger issue than anyone could have imagined. We've all heard stories and seen reports about just how crazy medical bills have gotten. And just recently, two medical bills went viral. The first was from 1956. And it showed the cost of spending six days in the hospital and having a child was $107.55. And the second bill was from 2022. And it showed the cost of being treated for a snake bite was $244,995.97. But what's even crazier than the size of that bill, is the fact that these huge amounts are becoming less and less shocking. It's not like this in other countries. But here in America, medical costs are out of control. In many cases, people don't even know that they have medical debt. But even if they did, they can't afford to pant and at these prices who could. And despite everything we know, the extent of the problem might still be worse than we realise. 

So how does this relate to us? Well, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationwide survey exploring the scale impact and causes of medical debt in America. And their findings were unbelievable. Their survey found that in the past five years, more than half of US adults went into debt because of medical bills. And medical debt is the highest in the southern states that refuse to implement all the parts of the Affordable Care Act, or who refuse to expand Medicaid. One out of three adults said they didn't know their insurance plan didn't cover their hospital or medical service, one out of four people with medical debt owes more than $5,000. And one out of five people with any amount of medical debt said they didn't expect to ever pay it off. Most of these unpaid bills will end up in third party debt collections. And most of these people will need serious credit repair. Here's the thing to remember, the laws and policies are changing. As of July 1 2022, the credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and Transunion, they removed all paid medical collections debt from their reports. So that's a good start. 

See, up until this point, medical collections would remain on file for up to seven years. Regardless of whether or not the debt was paid. The credit bureaus also extended the amount of time that we have to pay outstanding medical bills before they're added to our credit reports. They extended it from six months to one year. And beginning in 2023, the credit bureaus are going to remove and no longer report any medical collection debt that's under $500. Now the credit bureaus claim that this change will remove 70% of medical collections debt from consumer credit scores. However, a CFPB report found that about half of all consumers who currently have medical collections accounts on their credit reports will likely still have medical collections reported, even after the medical collections reporting change goes into effect. So that's really fucked up for a lot of people. 

Here's why this is important. We can't rely on credit bureaus to fix the medical debt problem because they profit from it. So you have to learn how to fight back. So if you ever get hit with medical debt that you can't pay, you need to know the secret to deleting medical collections from your credit reports. And believe it or not, it's easy. You just need to know your rights according to the Department of Health and Human Services. If debt to a medical facility goes on paid, they have the right to take measures to collect the debt, including selling your personal information to a debt collector, but the information that can be provided to the collector is very, very limited. Now the main purpose of HIPAA, which is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is to prevent anyone from abusing our personal health information. So when debt collectors decide to deal with medical debt, they must sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement to indicate that they'll comply and follow all HIPAA regulations that involve protected health information. 

Now, debt collectors do not need any of your protected health information or your medical history to collect a medical debt. In fact, they are responsible for ensuring that any protected health information that they receive is secured from unauthorised access. So want to know the best part of HIPAA? Well, you can use HIPAA to delete medical collections he acids Drew. So grab a pen and paper, here's what you need to know what a medical facility or provider gives your personal information to a debt collector. They can only share your name, address, social security number, date of birth, payment history, and the location and name of the facility where you were treated. And that's it, they absolutely cannot disclose the nature of your treatment or the details of procedures to that collector. This includes paperwork or bills that disclose medications that you've taken, or ailments or diseases that you may have been diagnosed with or are being treated for. So if a debt collector presents you with any of those protected details, for example, if they show you a bill that has anything related to your medical treatment, boom, you got them. They are in direct violation of HIPAA regulations, and they now face severe fines. 

So now it's time to put them on notice it's time to send that debt collector of validation of medical debt HIPAA request dispute letter, this special letter will scare the shit out of the debt collectors. This is the magical letter. Again, it's called the validation of medical debt HIPPA request dispute letter. If you have clients with medical debt in collections, or if you have friends or family with medical debt in collections, you need this letter. And guess what, I'm going to give you this letter for free. You can download it right now at credit repair cloud.com/hipaa. And I'm also going to put a link over there in the show notes. Now when you fill out this letter and you mail it to the debt collector, you are basically threatening them with a lawsuit for HIPAA violations. And if you can prove that they violated HIPAA, it usually convinces the debt collector to delete the account. 

But even if they don't delete the collection account from your credit report, you'll probably be able to use this as a strong negotiating point to go after a paper deletion, which I'll cover in a later episode. Here's my final point. medical debt isn't like holiday debt discipline spending habits won't fix this problem. Most Americans who filed for bankruptcy due to medical debt had health insurance, and two out of three people said they put off medical care that they really needed because of the cost planning isn't the issue. Medical costs are astronomical and salary increases have not kept up with health care costs. This current system we have is horrible. We're trapped in it. And the only people who like it are the ones who are profiting from it. Things are changing, but the change isn't drastic enough. And it's not happening fast enough, so we have to fight back. 

And just a reminder, this podcast is brought to you by credit hero score. Credit Bureau score is the only credit monitoring service that integrates directly with credit repair cloud get instant access to your credit reports and scores by signing up for a seven day trial for only $1 Sign up right now at credit hero score.com. 

And now for my favourite part of the episode. Every week I feature one of our credit heroes inside our credit repair cloud Facebook community so that you can see firsthand what real people are doing as they run and grow their business. And today's spotlight is on Steven Bodner, Stephen recently posted a special message in the community. He said this was one of my first clients from three months ago. Every month she has had an increase in your credit score. I've removed two repos two collections and five inquiries so far for her the more I do this, the better I'm getting each month as well. 2023 is going to be an amazing year hashtag count on us credit LLC. Now that is amazing, Steven. But what I think made the post really special was that he attached two glowing testimonials from his client, one where she praised him for boosting her score. And another saying he has helped her so much. She now expects to buy a home this January. Great work, Steven, you might be new at this, but you're already changing lives. And you're right. The more you do, the better you get. 

And I'll end by saying, if you don't already have a credit repair Cloud account, check it out. It's the software that most credit repair businesses in America run on. Just sign up for a 30 day free trial at credit repair cloud.com/free trial. And if you'd like to change lives and grow your own credit repair business, check out our credit hero challenge. It's a live experience that has helped tonnes of credit heroes to get certified and disputing and gain confidence as they run their credit repair business on a solid foundation. So they can change a whole lot of lives and make a great living in the process. We're starting next challenge very soon. So you want to join before the doors close are you going to have a long wait until the next one. So sign up right now at credit hero challenge.com. And if you're finding value in the things that I share on this podcast, click below to subscribe and follow. Also give me a five star review or share the show and help me to change more lives. And if you'd like to read the show notes, they're posted on my blog. And if you have a question or a comment, drop it down below because I read each and every one of them. And if you want to learn the secrets to avoiding unnecessary holiday debt, check out my recent episode linked over here. So take care credit hero and remember, you can still fight back even if you're hit with an unpayable debt, keep fighting and keep changing lives. Hey, everybody, it's Daniel again. 

And really quick, I'd like to invite you to join what I believe is the best thing we have ever created inside the credit repair cloud community. And it is a challenge that we call the credit hero challenge if you're just planning out your business, or you're just getting started, and you dream of having a successful business of your own. So you can quit your nine to five and fire your boss and have financial freedom or so you can add another revenue stream to your existing business. If that's your dream, you need to get into this challenge. We created this challenge to help you to create and launch your very own credit repair business to build a proper foundation for a really successful business. This challenge is going to help you to understand the strategy, the tactics and all the things you need to be successful at credit repair. It really is the greatest thing we have ever built, and it will change your life. So I recommend you do it right now. Stop everything pause this audio go online and go to credit hero challenge.com That's credit hero challenge.com and join the next challenge. And there's a challenge that starting in just a few days. So go get started right now at credit hero challenge.com

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