Kayce Atencio, who has been shadowed by medical debt for most of his adult life, had been unable to rent an apartment because of poor credit due to medical debt, he said. Recent reporting changes by credit rating agencies have removed many debts from consumer credit reports and lifted scores for millions, a new study finds.
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Credit reporting, a threat designed to induce patients to pay their bills, is the most common collection tactic used by hospitals
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Kristie Fields, a cancer patient, was advised by a nurse to go on the local news and ask for help with her medical bills. Fields says she and her husband quickly dismissed the idea, concerned about stereotypes about Black people seeking aid.
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