Behind on medical bills? Think about these points

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2020 | Bankruptcy |

Medical bills are a huge concern for millions of Americans. These expensive bills might be reduced some by health insurance coverage, but there are still some individuals who are dealing with very high balances on these accounts. If something unexpected happens, such as a job loss, a person’s ability to pay for those bills might be limited.

There isn’t any reason why a person should have to choose between paying for the medical care they need and taking care of other life expenses. Unfortunately, this is a stark reality for many Americans. Some might not realize that they have options for dealing with this atrocity.

One of the first things to do in these cases is to find out whether the charges are valid or not. Many individuals learn that they are being charged for things they didn’t receive. Having those errant charges removed can help some.

Some people might be able to get on a payment plan with the creditor. If you opt to do this, be sure that you’re being realistic about what you can afford. You don’t need to promise to pay something that will put you in a bind.

If you simply can’t make the payments for your normal life expenses and handle your medical bills, you might consider filing for bankruptcy. This would require you to include all your debts, not only the medical ones, but it can provide you with a fresh financial start.

Filing for bankruptcy requires you to determine which chapter to file under. Your attorney can help you determine whether you should file a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 case.


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