Medical Bills a Problem for Floridians
A high number of Florida residents have unpaid medical bills.
Among Florida adults, 20.7 percent now have unpaid medical debts, according to a recent report published by the website 24/7 Wall St. This level is the 32nd highest among the 50 states.
Nationwide, 22.7 percent of U.S. adults have past due medical bills, according to the study, which is based on a 2018 analysis published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
According to the analysis, the median Florida medical debt that has been assigned to collections agencies was $921. In Florida, 13 percent of residents are uninsured. About 18.5 percent of adults are rated in fair or poor health.
The study also found that the states with fewer residents with unpaid medical bills tended to have lower uninsured rates and higher annual incomes.
What Can You Do if You’re Being Harassed Over Medical Bills?
Creditors and debt collectors are required to follow debt collection laws in attempting to collect from you. They are subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, or both.
Oftentimes, aggressive creditors and debt collectors violate the law in attempting to collect a medical debt. They may call you excessively, give you misleading information, or fail to adequately identify themselves.
Manta Law is a Tampa-area law firm fighting for Florida patients who are being harassed over medical debts and other consumer debts.
When you have medical debt, and you’re being harassed, you need to call Manta Law. We will give you a free case evaluation, and you won’t owe us anything unless we recover money for you.
With an office conveniently located in the Carrollwood area of North Tampa, we serve patients throughout Tampa Bay and the State of Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, New Port Richey, Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, and Odessa.