News and Updates

News of the Idaho Patient Act is sweeping Idaho and making headlines across the nation. Here, you have access to the latest articles available from dozens of news outlets. Start by reading the four-part investigative series that exposed the issue.

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News & Updates

After hours-long hearing, VanderSloot’s bill to crack down on medical debt collectors easily clears House panel

IDAHO PRESS — This afternoon’s House Business Committee hearing on HB 515, eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot’s bill to restrict medical debt collectors in Idaho, ran for more than five hours and into the evening, before the bill finally was approved with just two “no” votes. Post Register reporter Nathan Brown has a full story […]

Medical Debt Bill Heads to House

POST REGISTER — A bill to put some limits on medical debt collection in Idaho is headed to the House floor. After almost five hours of often passionate, occasionally angry testimony both from people in the medical and debt collection industries and from people from eastern Idaho with personal stories about how they had been […]

Help us reform medical debt collection

POST REGISTER — Jerry: Do you know what’s the number one cause of bankruptcy nationwide? Carrie: Credit cards? Jerry: Nope. It’s medical debt, according to a 2019 Harvard University study. It causes over 62 percent of all bankruptcies. Carrie: Medical debt causes enormous misery. But what offends me are the unscrupulous medical debt collection firms […]

Legislative Notebook: medical debt

POST REGISTER — Friday was the deadline for non-privileged, in legislative parlance, committees to introduce bills in the House, so there was a flurry of bill introductions late in the week, including some from local lawmakers or relevant to eastern Idaho issues. [One], which is being sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks, R-Nampa, would […]