Medical debt relief for Marylanders is in the works, officials say

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MARYLAND – United States Senator Chris Van Hollen hosted a forum on Wednesday to discuss the actions Congress can make to reduce the burden of medical debt.

He says at a time like this officials need to make sure health care is accessible for all. Maryland Delegate Lorig Charkoudian tells 47 ABC she found that medical debt it is crushing low income families and can financially ruin families with no health care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, studies showed that people were holding off on getting medical care due to debt.

However, Delegate Charkoudian says more initiatives are on the way to finding better solutions.

This includes “an opportunity to do a payment plan to pay a reasonable amount over a 12 month or 24 month period and they have to offer that plan before other debt collections,” she says.

This legislation will hopefully protect against predatory debt collection processes in Maryland.

She adds that more outreach is needed because the more people know about financial assistance, the less people will be scared to get the care that they need.

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