POST REGISTER — A bill to put some limits on medical debt collection has been introduced into the Idaho Legislature.
Sponsored by House Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks, R-Nampa, it would require medical providers to provide patients with a statement listing all services provided and the providers who rendered them, give patients some time before a medical provider could sue or refer a bill to collections, and set caps on legal fees in most medical debt cases. Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot has been pushing for legislation to limit medical debt cases since last year, after an East Idaho News series on local debt collection company Medical Recovery Associates and associated law firm Smith, Driscoll and Associates.
Monks said he thinks the process is weighted too heavily in favor of hospitals and collection companies, and his bill would balance it out more.
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