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Medical bills may surprise patients

When people in Tennessee go to the hospital, they often check carefully to make sure they are choosing a provider that is in-network for their insurance company. This should allow their healthcare treatment to be fully covered to the extent possible under their insurance. However, many people continue to face surprise medical bills that can be costly after a hospital stay. Almost one out of every seven patients receives a bill for an out-of-network service as part of an in-network hospital admission.

Employers slowly recognizing financial stress among workers

Employers in Tennessee want their workers focused on their duties, but stress caused by financial problems, like debt and medical bills, has emerged as a considerable source of distraction. When the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans surveyed companies, 70 percent of them cited financial issues as their employees' top source of stress.

Medical expenses are linked to bankruptcy filings

Healthcare remains a hot topic of debate across the country, not just in terms of being a divisive political issue but in real terms affecting real people in Tennessee. Arguments on whether it is a right or not, whether it should be mandatory or optional, and who pays for it all pale in comparison to the fundamental question of what happens when an individual needs a medical procedure that he or she simply cannot afford. Sadly, many choose to do without, resulting in further deterioration to their well-being. Others opt to move forward with the necessary care but often experience a different form of negative consequence.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy may prevent aggressive collections

Making the decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be difficult. Declaring bankruptcy impacts the filer's credit and can be hard on his or her self-image as well, but it's sometimes the best way to get unmanageable debt under control. For people who are struggling to pay down their debts in Tennessee, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can improve day-to-day quality of life as collection actions must stop once the petition is filed.

Bankruptcy refilings have different waiting periods

One question in bankruptcy law is about filing for bankruptcy again. The federal Bankruptcy Code sets forth time period rules that apply to filers in Tennessee and across the country. When a person has previously filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, for example, and received a discharge, he or she must wait at least eight years from the date of the previous filing before beginning another Chapter 7.

Avoiding common credit card mistakes

From holiday shopping to everyday expenses, people use credit cards for a wide range of things. When it comes to credit card use, there are many mistakes people can fall into. Avoiding credit card mistakes is important, as such missteps could leave a person more likely to face significant financial difficulties, such as crushing debt. Today, we’ll go over some common credit card mistakes to watch out for.

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