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100 Million Americans Could Benefit from $40 Billion in Medical Debt Relief: Biden Administration Proposes Wiping Out Medical Debt from Credit Report!

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: Health advocates and community members gather in Washington D.C. to push the Biden administration to take additional action on medical debt in an event hosted by Community Catalyst, a national organization fighting for race equality and health justice on September 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Community Catalyst)

Comprehensive Relief for Medical Debt

Enhancing Financial Protection and Accountability

(According to, with a proposal by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) the Biden administration wants to ease the burden of medical debt for many Americans. Announced recently this plan aims to help around 100 million people dealing with medical bills. Expanding on a previous effort by credit agencies in 2022 where they removed paid-off medical debts and those under $500 from credit reports this new proposal takes it a step further by wiping out all medical debt from credit reports. This change could raise credit scores by an average of 20 points for those affected providing them with important financial help.

The proposed rule also includes measures to prevent consumer reporting companies from including medical debts and collection information in credit reports. Currently creditors utilize such information for underwriting decisions. Additionally the rule would prohibit lenders from seizing medical devices as collateral and prevent debt collectors from pressuring individuals to pay inaccurate medical bills a common issue that often leads to disputes. Alongside the CFPB, the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services are soliciting public input on medical credit cards and loans to better understand their impact on patients and the healthcare system. If finalized the rule could come into effect by 2025, ushering in a new era of financial security for millions.

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100 Million Americans Could Benefit from $40 Billion in Medical Debt Relief: Biden Administration Proposes Wiping Out Medical Debt from Credit Report!(PHOTO: Investopedia)

Balancing Financial Relief with Healthcare Access

While the proposal offers hope for financial relief some hospitals and medical providers have expressed concerns about its potential unintended consequences. They worry that it might compel doctors to request upfront payments before providing care, potentially hindering access to healthcare for some individuals. Furthermore there are concerns that looser credit requirements could lead to unmanageable levels of debt for certain individuals. Critics like Scott Purcell, CEO of ACA International argue that singling out medical providers for billing regulations could have broader negative implications for the healthcare industry. Nonetheless the proposed rule marks a significant step towards addressing the widespread issue of medical debt in the United States aiming to provide much-needed assistance to those burdened by healthcare costs.

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