Medical Debt Threatens Housing Security
The Boston-based group called The Access Project said that includes many with medical insurance. The organization works to improve access to health care. The group said nearly half of those responding had medical debt. More than 40% of those with debt had health insurance when they incurred that debt. The study found medical debt prevents many from owning a home. Saint Louis University law professor Sidney Watson worked as a researcher on the study. She said the hope is that it could lead to insurance, collection and credit report reforms. The organization surveyed about 1,700 people with low-to-moderate household incomes in St. Louis and six other cities this year.