Posted in Debt Hospitals News

‘An arm and a leg’: Viral TikTok video serves up recipe to ‘crush’ medical debt

by, Dan Weissmann, Kaiser Health News February 15, 2021   Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Jared Walker, who runs a nonprofit that helps people pay medical bills, posted a TikTok video explaining the…

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Posted in Analysis Evictions New Debtors Prisons Pro Publica

A deputy prosecutor was fired for speaking out against jail time for people who fall behind on rent

Arkansas prosecutor Josh Drake called the state’s criminal eviction statute “cruel” and “unconstitutional.” Criminal charges against tenants falling behind on rent have continued, even as the pandemic has worsened. by Maya Miller and Ellis Simani  An…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Debt Pro Publica Safety Net

Debt collectors have made a fortune this year. Now they’re coming for more.

After a pause for the pandemic, debt buyers are back in the courts, suing debtors by the thousands. by Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen Earlier this year, the pandemic swept across the country, killing 100,000 Americans…

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An Oportun storefront in Austin, Texas. The company announced on Tuesday that it would drop all the lawsuits it has filed against borrowers who fell behind on payments, including during the pandemic. (Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Coronavirus Credit Debt Pro Publica

They sued thousands of borrowers during the pandemic — Until we started asking questions

Months into the pandemic, a lender that markets to Latino immigrants continued to sue borrowers after they lost jobs and missed payments. But they reversed course when we started asking questions. by Kiah Collier and Ren…

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Posted in Banks Debt News Pro Publica Safety Net

Capital One and other debt collectors are still coming for millions of Americans

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Americans got protection from evictions, foreclosures and student debt. But debt collectors have continued to siphon off their share of paychecks from those who still have jobs. by Paul Kiel and…

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Posted in Columns Debt Wade Rathke

Why can’t we fix payday lending?

Pearl River   We’ve been fighting payday lending for over fifteen years in Canada with some success as well a truckload of frustration. The issue has been in our sights for several decades in the United…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Debt News Pro Publica

One thing the pandemic hasn’t stopped: aggressive medical-debt collection

U.S. hospitals are in the spotlight for being on the frontline of fighting the pandemic. But in the shadows, debt collection operations continue, often by the same institutions treating coronavirus patients, all while unemployment and uncertainty…

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Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

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Posted in Courts/justice Debt New Debtors Prisons News Policing Pro Publica

They loan you money. Then they get a warrant for your arrest.

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without…

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