Medical Dept

by Nicole
(Indianapolis, in)

Hello, I have bill from the hospital that was never paid on. I don't have insurance and really low income. The bill was sent to collection. I was informed that I have to pay the bill or get a judgement against me.

Can they garnish my wages for a medical bill? I also tried to pay in full for 75% off; $400 and still they said no. They told me that they would take off 40%.

I then said that I could make payments of $10 dollars a month, and still they said the smallest bill had to be 50 dollars a month. Can they do this? I thought that you could pay anything on a medical bill.

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Aug 06, 2010
wage garnishment for medical debt
by: Gerri

Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that as long as you pay something on a medical bill, you can't be sent to collections or sued. That is generally not true. In addition, our understanding is that wage garnishment is legal in Indiana.

However, since you have a low income and no insurance, it is possible that you qualify for charity care. I would encourage you to read this information about charity care in Indiana and find out as quickly as possible whether you qualify:

We hope this helps. Do let us know how it turns out for you.

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