End Medical Debt Maryland
Did you know...
In the state of Maryland, hospitals are allowed to sue patients over outstanding medical bills. And most of them do, even your friendly local community hospital that takes great pride in the "charity care" it provides to your community. From 2009-2018, Maryland hospitals sued 145,746 patients, with the median amount of those lawsuits being only $944.
That's why the End Medical Debt Maryland coalition exists. We are a coalition of over 59 unions, churches, and other organizations that are working together to pass legislation in the Maryland General Assembly in spring 2021—HB 565 / SB 514: The Medical Debt Protection Act—that will limit the amount for which hospitals are allowed to sue and put in place other safeguards to protect patients, including protections from wage garnishments and liens placed on personal homes.
Nobody chooses to have medical debt, and hospitals should not be allowed to prey on patients in this way. Join the coalition in action this spring to end medical debt and protect thousands of Maryland families from predatory hospital practices!
Complete the individual sign-on or organizational sign-on forms to show your support and receive occasional updates about the status of the bill and how YOU can be part of the fight.
Meet our coalition partners
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East | Accessible Resources for Independence | AFSCME Council 3 | ATU Local 689 | ATU Local 1300 | Baltimore Teachers Union | Baltimore Women United | CASA in Action | CASH Campaign of Maryland | Communications Workers of America Local 2107 | DoTheMostGood | FreeState Justice | Greater Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America | Healthcare NOW of Maryland | Housing Our Neighbors | IBEW Local 24 | IBEW Local 26 | IMAGE Center of Maryland | Independence Now | Integrated Living Opportunities | IUOE Local 37 | Labor Campaign for Single Payer | Lower Shore Progressive Caucus | Maryland Center on Economic Policy | Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition | Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans | Marylanders for Patient’s Rights | Maryland Legislative Coalition | Maryland NAACP | Maryland Poor People's Campaign | Maryland Professional Employees Council | Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO | Maryland State Education Association | Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service | #MEAction| Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America | Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO | MICA Organizers and Activists (MOA) | Montgomery County Democratic Socialists of America | National Nurses United | North Avenue Mission | Not Without Black Women | Our Revolution Maryland | Patient Providers, LLC | Peer Wellness and Recovery Services | Progressive Maryland | Public Justice Center | SEIU 32BJ | SEIU Local 500 | SEIU Maryland/DC State Council | Special Needs Navigator | Sunrise Movement Baltimore | The Freedom Center | UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO | UFCW Local 400 | UNITE HERE Local 7 | Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland | Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County
Contact: Brig Dumais, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, firstname.lastname@example.org
See us in the news
- CBS MoneyWatch: A side effect of the pandemic: Soaring medical debt (April 28, 2021)
- Bloomberg Government: Maryland Breaks Ground With New Hospital Debt-Collection Measure (April 8, 2021)
- Maryland Public Television State Circle:
- Maryland Matters (Commentary): Councilwoman: Patients Not Consumers — My Family’s Medical Debt Story (March 21, 2021)
- Maryland Matters: Bill to Protect Patients From Hospital Collection Efforts Advances (March 19, 2021)
- WBAL News Radio: House committee considers bill limiting medical debt lawsuits (Feb 17, 2021)
- WMAR News: Bill would protect patients from being sued over medical debt (Feb 16, 2021)
- WYPR On the Record: The Burden Of Medical Debt In Maryland (Feb 16, 2021)
- The Daily Record: Md. bill would curb some medical debt collection practices (Feb 16, 2021)
- Capital News Service: