Say Yes to Medical Debt Study
medical billing procedures often leave patients struggling to understand how
much they owe when medical bills start arriving in the mailbox.
direct the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to study medical debt
in the state of Washington and provide a report to committees of the
legislature by December 1, 2019.
Include HB2731 Language in Supplemental Budget
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am one of your constituents and am contacting you to support HB2731, to fund a study regarding medical debt. Forty-three million Americans have medical debt in collections that's adversely affecting their credit, according to a 2014 report by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the bureau's most recent data. Confusing medical billing procedures often leave patients struggling to understand how much they owe when medical bills start arriving in the mailbox. Please help protect consumers. Include the following HB2731 language in your supplemental operation budget. (1) The Washington state institute for public policy shall conduct a study of medical debt in Washington. The study must include: (a) A systematic review of the prevalence and impact of medical debt on Washingtonians including, but not limited to, if available: (i) The nature and amount of medical debt; (ii) The amount of prejudgment interest sought; (iii) Attorneys' fees and other collection costs sought by collection agencies; (iv) Number and rate of default judgments in medical debt collection cases; (v) The amount of post judgment interest, garnishment fees, and other costs after judgment; and (vi) Hospital debt collection policies; and (b) A comparison of the laws and practices regarding medical debt collection in Washington with those in other states. (2) In conducting its analysis, the Washington state institute for public policy may work with the administrative office of the courts and individual courts throughout the state in order to access necessary data. (3) The Washington state institute for public policy shall report the findings of the study under subsection (1) of this section to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2019. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]