From Hospital To Jail: Debtors Face Growing Arrest Threat

Feature (Idaho, NATIONAL)

Jack Karp
February 9, 2020
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Tags: Debtors Prison, Medical Debt

Organizations mentioned/involved: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), Prairie State Legal Services (northern Illinois)


A staggering increase in medical bills has led to aggressive attempts to collect on them, with hospitals around the country launching thousands of lawsuits against indebted patients. Laws in 44 states allow for the arrest and jailing of debtors who don’t appear in court after a creditor wins a judgment against them or who fail to participate in a “debtor’s exam.”