Two Summons for Same Medical Bill

by Vanessa
(Colorado springs, CO)

Almost 2 years ago in 2008 my sister had a baby and she had insurance. Her percentage was sold to a collection agency after she couldn't pay the hospital. She made payment arrangements and after she couldn't pay any longer her wages were garnished for the amount owed.

Now a month after her garnishment stopped the same collection agency says she still owes on this same debt because the hospital billed a portion to medicaid which wasn't paid. Of course it wasn't paid she didn't have medicaid and she didn't provide them with that type of information. Now they are trying to garnish for this amount owed and more intrest and another set of legal fees...can they do this?

Also the same amount she was just garnished for is the same amount they are trying to garnish her again for with a different acct number but same service date.

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Oct 08, 2010
Duplicate collection accounts?
by: Gerri


It definitely sounds like there's a problem here. if, in fact, the debt collector or he is trying to collect a debt from your sister that she already paid, then she certainly shouldn't have to pay again. I think the question is whether or this is a duplicate debt or whether there is another debt that remains unpaid. Medical bills can be very confusing because there are often different bills for the same visit.

Since your sister has been served a summons, she needs to respond in a timely fashion and she needs to take this seriously because another judgment will not only create more damage to her credit, but may also make it easier for the debt collector to go after payment.

We would suggest she at least talks with a local consumer law attorney with experience in debt collection cases, or call the Collection Complaint Hotline at 888-711-5183 for a free, confidential case evaluation. If, in fact, the debt collector is trying to sue her for a debt she does not owe, it's important that she stops this and an attorney should be able to help her.

If it turns out that she does though the debt, then she needs to try to negotiate some sort of arrangement to satisfy it - ideally before the creditor gets a judgment. I realize this may not be easy for her, and what encourage her to make sure that she at least it shows up in court to give her side of the story here.

If the amount we are trying to collect from her is too large and she has other financial problems, it may make sense for her to get a a consultation with a bankruptcy attorney to find out what your options are for dealing with this debt. The bankruptcy attorney can also tell her what the collector can and cannot go after if they are successful in getting a judgment against her.

We hope she's able to find a solution to this problem.

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