Can debt for a child taken to a Dr by one parent be placed in collections for the other parent?

by David E
(Sweetwater, TN)

I was in the military stationed at Fort Hood, TX, and my spouse was in MT at the time. She took our children to an eye clinic and filed the information with TriCare. For some reason TriCare denied the claim, but they did not notify me of this. Eventually, because I had no idea I owed anything, the bill went to a collection agency and I was told that even though my wife signed them into the doctor, I was still responsible for the debt. Is there anything that I can do about this?

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Dec 16, 2010
medical debts for children
by: Gerri

In many states, both parents can be held responsible for their children's essential medical debts. However, the way this provider handled it sounds pretty lousy.

I would urge you to try to appeal directly to the top at TriCare to at least get them to remove the collection remark from your credit reports and any collection costs given the circumstances.

Your story illustrates why we need the >Medical Debt Relief Act, proposed legislation that would require credit reporting agencies to remove medical debts from credit reports thirty days after they have been paid.

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