House OKs bill targeting predatory medical debt collectors

IDAHO STATESMAN — Legislation to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors headed to the Idaho Senate Monday after an extraordinary debate in the House.

Representatives approved the legislation in a 49-20 vote after a two-hour debate where lawmakers shared personal stories, some decrying late-arriving medical bills or experiences with predatory debt collectors.

The bill seeks to cap medical collection debt fees at $350 for people who do not contest their bills and $750 for those who do. It would also set a 45-day deadline for medical facilities to get consolidated bills to patients.

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