Coffeyville, Kansas, medical debt: County in rural Kansas is jailing people over unpaid medical debt

Tres Biggs went to jail for failing to appear in court for unpaid medical bills. He described it as “scary.”  

…Bail was $500. He said they had “maybe $50 to $100” at the time.

…That law was put in place at Hassenplug’s own recommendation to the local judge. The attorney uses that law by asking the court to direct people with unpaid medical bills to appear in court every three months and state they are too poor to pay in what is called a “debtors exam.”

If two hearings are missed, the judge issues an arrest warrant for contempt of court.

Coffeyville, Kansas, medical debt: County in rural Kansas is jailing people over unpaid medical debt – CBS News

Jeezus…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s