New requirements on legal filings and medical debt collection take effect July 28.
Very good news for consumers. Main point is that hospitals are required to wait 120 days after initial billing statement has been transmitted before selling the debt. It’s not a panacea but it is an improvement. This is another consumer benefit done because of a Democratic governor and Legislature. Fighting for consumer rights.
Debt collectors licensed in Washington have new requirements in effect this summer for filing legal summons and the timing for medical debt collections; matters members of the Washington Collectors Association testified on during the legislative session.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed H.B. 1066, requiring debt collection complaints to be filed prior to service of summons and complaint; and H.B. 1531 , concerning medical debt, on April 30.
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