The three National Credit Reporting Agencies (NCRA) – Equifax (NYSE: EFX), Experian (LON: EXPN), and Trans Union (NYSE: TRU) – today announced significant changes to medical debt collection reporting to help consumers facing unexpected medical bills. These joint measures will remove nearly 70% of commercial medical debt collection lines from consumer credit reports, a milestone achieved after months of industry research.
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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, two-thirds of medical debt is the result of a one-time or short-term medical expense resulting from an acute medical need. After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and a detailed examination of the prevalence of medical collection debt on credit reports, NCRA is making changes to help people focus on their personal well-being and recovery.
Effective July 1, 2022, paid medical collection debts will no longer be included in consumer credit reports. Additionally, the time before an unpaid medical debt appears on a consumer’s report will be reduced from 6 months to a year, giving consumers more time to work with insurance and/or healthcare providers. to settle their debt before it is posted on their account. Credit Report. In the first half of 2023, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion will also no longer include medical collection debts below at least $500 in credit reports.
The CEOs of the companies provided a joint statement on the decision to change the reporting of medical collection debts:
“Medical recovery debt often arises from unforeseen medical circumstances. These changes are another step we are taking together to help people across the United States focus on their financial and personal well-being,” said Mark W. Begor, CEO of Equifax; Brian Cassin, CEO of Experian; and Chris Cartwright, CEO of TransUnion. “As an industry, we remain committed to helping foster fair and affordable access to credit for all consumers.”
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