Will healthcare benefits be non-dischargeable?

Republicans will soon take over the House of Representatives. Dan Lundgren of California was on Chris Mathews today and he seemed to indicate that Republicans would like to make changes to the Bankruptcy Code so that debtors cannot discharge debts they owe for medical services received. This would mean that filing for protection under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code will no longer allow debtors to list amounts owed for medical services received, i.e. surgeries, emergency services, doctors’ visits, medicine, etc., and have them discharged (if otherwise qualified to receive a discharge.) Our Orange county chapter 7 attorney can help you forever cancel any medical bills that you owe before any potential changes to the current bankruptcy laws.

According to CNN.COM in 2009 there were over 1.5 million consumer bankruptcies in the United States. Of these 1.5 million filings 62% are due to debtors not being able to pay their medical debts. According to cnn.com, those filing for protection under Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy were mostly middle-class and homeowners. According to the report many Americans are simply one illness from bankruptcy. This is due to the fact that when seriously ill many people lose their jobs and still have to incur medical costs. Our Garden Grove bankruptcy attorney, Rachelle Shakoori, has advised many clients who were forced to consider bankruptcy due to their medical bills. Call us today to setup a free consultation with an experienced and honest Anaheim bankruptcy attorney.

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