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***Old ER bill/judgement & EMTALA act***

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Was wanting to know if any one knew where to find this "amendment" at besides Wikipedia. "Hospitals and related services cannot receive a judgment against the patient in court filings made more than 36 months after the date the patient was discharged, or the last partial payment the patient made to the hospital, contractor, or agent. After that period, the patient may not be threatened with legal action if payment is not made, and may not be denied future outpatient services from the same company/agency that a patient is able to pay".

Here's link to it on wiki, its about 3/4 way down the page. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Medical_Treatment_and_Active_Labor_Act] Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act - Wikipedia

If I can find out if this is actually a statute/law then I believe I may be able to save myself $22k for an old ER bill that became a judgement that has basically ruined my life because I had an accident.

Thanks for any & all help.

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I believe that act is during an emergency room visit.

Where you can not be turned away for for inability to pay for service.

You might try calling the hospital and tell them you have no money to pay and could they write the bill off as a charity case,and to please stop the collection company.also are you on ssi or ssdi.

Edited by racecar

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A resource for current information about the Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act,

also known as COBRA or the Patient Anti-Dumping Law. EMTALA requires most hospitals to provide an examination and needed stabilizing treatment, without consideration of insurance coverage or ability to pay, when a patient presents to an emergency room for attention to an emergency medical condition.

What i saw on the wikipedia article it said . If the patient doesn't pay the bill, the hospital can sue the patient and the unsatisfied judgment will likely appear on the patient's credit report. A 3rd-party collector for a hospital bill would be covered under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The statute of limitations is three years,but if you got a default judgement against you it can be renewed for years by the creditor.There is not enough information about the judgement to know if it can be overturned.Hope this helps.

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