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Maryland House Considers Protections for Hospital Patients with Unpaid Bills

February 19th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

In Annapolis Tuesday, the House Health and Government Operations Committee heard testimony on a bill that would limit hospital lawsuits against patients for unpaid bills. The Medical Debt Protection Act would bar hospitals from suing patients for debts of $1,000 or less. It would also create an income-based repayment plan before a lawsuit can be filed, and it would stop doctors or hospitals from placing a lien on a patient's property to settle a debt. Marceline White, executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Commission, told WBAL that part of the proposed legislation would create affordable payments plans…