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Panel OKs bill targeting predatory medical debt collectors

Posted at 3:48 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 05:48:51-05

BOISE, Idaho — Legislation in Idaho to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the measure backers call consumer protection legislation. The bill seeks to cap attorney fees charged to patients at $350 for those who do not contest their bills in court and $750 for those who do. It would also set a 45-day deadline for medical facilities to get bills to a patient's insurance.

Opponents say the measure would increase healthcare costs for patients who pay their bills. It now heads to the full Senate.