The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, bans tax-exempt hospitals from using “extraordinary collection actions” until the hospital has made “reasonable efforts” to determine whether that patient qualifies for financial assistance.
If you have an account that has recently gone to collections, maybe it’s time to dust of the old keyboard and start typing up some pleadings. The law does not specifically state what “extraordinary collection actions” are, but it would be fun to have a judge make a ruling on whether or not sending a bill to a collection agency and ruining the patient’s credit score would be considered extraordinary.
Be the first to test this in court and you will make some headlines. Be sure and let the judge know that he will also be making headlines with his decision.