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Unpaid medical debt leading to woes in Coffeyville, Kansas

Unpaid medical debt leading to woes in Coffeyville, Kansas

As per a report by CBS correspondent Meg Oliver along with ProPublica, residents of a county in Kansas are being jailed over unpaid medical debt. Coffeyville, with a poverty rate twice the national average, enacted a law that sends people to jail if they fail to appear in court over the unpaid bills. Those with pending bills are required to appear in court every three months for a ’debtors exam’.

Beisht Kione
Beisht Kione 6 months

Misleading headline. They are going to jail for contempt of court, for failure to appear multiple times. They should be getting their money back on bail though.

IvoryDove 6 months

Reading past the false headlines... Nobody goes to jail for failing to pay a debt. They go to jail for failure to appear and prove that they aren't falsely claiming poverty as a basis for nonpayment of their debts. If you truly can't pay your debts, file for bankruptcy. But, failure to appear in court is a violation of a court order.

porcus 6 months

So this Kansas city re-enacted debtors prison?!? The hell is wrong with them?

Tim 6 months

It isn't because of the bills, it's because of failure to appear in court. If you have a court date, you have to appear... doesn't matter if it's unpaid bills, traffic tickets, or child support. It's an ORDER to appear... not an option.

Girthquake 6 months

that's evil

Sweet Meat
Sweet Meat 6 months

So they are making people who can't afford medical debt miss work to explain why they can't pay their bills. Makes sense to me. 4 out of 10 Americans can't afford a 400 dollar bill let alone medical bills.

ardurren 6 months

woah woah woah... didnt we decide like 5 thousand years ago back in sumeria that it was not ok to imprison a man for his financial debt? I'm pretty sure I've seen a clay tablet with the first known written word for freedom and it was used to describe what was given a man suffering under another man he was indebted to. as before this tale u became a slave to the one you owed. I wish I could remember more detail it's been too long. but this is an old idea long discredited shame on Kansas they must be getting too many Bloomberg commercials convincing them the poor are evil.

Based Haole
Based Haole 6 months

oh yeah this is a great idea no way this ends up making the legal system look completely broken if you're poor....

J.R. 6 months

This is nuckin' futs! Some shyster and his BFF who happens to be a magistrate dream up this scam which seems to be earning said shyster considerable sums of money. In fact reviving debtors prison! If you can't show up to present Judge Bff reasons why you can't pay for your medical bills, you are in contempt. Do it twice and you will be tossed in the slammer! If you don't have the $500 bail, (and you likely don't) you stay there and lose whatever job you had.

Plz Don't Bully
Plz Don't Bully 6 months

Leftist: I am once again asking for a Medicare for all system.

david dindu
david dindu 6 months

on the bright side prisoners get free healthcare, free food, and free housing

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