Hospital or medical debt stories wanted
Have you, a family member or fellow union member been hit with crippling hospital or medical debts in Maryland? Advocates of legislation to limit the effects of such debt want to hear your story. Email David Stephen at [email protected] or NNU's Korey Hartwich at [email protected]. “We need to protect Marylanders from the outrageous possibility that getting sick can lead to bankruptcy, homelessness, and destitution,” say supporters, “and every story can get us closer.” MWC affiliates National Nurses United and SEIU 1199 are teaming up with community allies to support legislation proposed by Maryland Delegate Lorig Charkoudian and Senator Brian Feldman that would place tighter restrictions on medical debt lawsuits and debt collection practices, including prohibiting litigation for small amounts, blocking liens on patients’ homes or first cars, requiring hospitals to offer reasonable payment plans, and banning lawsuits while appeals or applications for financial help are still pending.
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