Medical Debt is a Special Health Problem

Medical Debt is a Special Health Problem

Medical debt can grow slowly; one year at a time. Its accumulation might not be as rapid as credit card obligations, but the debt will increase in sizable sums. Those with medical insurance know that the amount grows with co-pays and deductibles. The co-pay is that part of the bill the insurance company does not cover; the individual is responsible for that. The same goes for deductibles in the insurance plan. Deductibles can be as high as $5000 for one year. If a person’s medical treatment for a given condition extends over one year, the deductible requirement has to be paid again in full for the second before the insurance company’s share is paid. This is why medical debt can get out of control.

People Struggle with Medical Debt

The research which was done recently by the Kaiser Family Foundation noted that from 2006 – 2015 the amount employees were required to pay for deductibles for a single insurance coverage alone jumped 255%; significantly more than increases in wages. Despite reforms created by the Affordable Care Act, approximately one fifth of all adults in the United States are struggling with medical debt. There are extreme cases where people are forced to sell their house to meet the payment of medical expenses. These bills have to be effectively managed to prevent wage garnishment from happening. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services provides help with its financial wellness plan.

Countrywide Help is There

Our program includes medical debt assistance. We have a nationwide network of certified credit counselors who will go over the ins and outs of medical debt with a plan member. An individual will get a free budget analysis of the medical debt, and how it fits into a person’s finances and ability to pay. The counselor and the plan member then take a look at how to best handle the entire situation. This may include a debt management plan, which will free up funds to better address the medical debt. The final result of all of this work is a clear picture of how a plan member will pay medical expenses without taking drastic measures.

Putting sanity into problems that confront a person is the best quality of our overall financial wellness program. Our counselors understand how medical debt can grow year-by-year. Their objective is to find the means by which current bills are covered, and the overall balance is reduced. The counselors have dealt with medical debt before and are willing to offer suggestions on how to best deal with costs. The value of this assistance is the realistic approach to handling the balances.

It is probably true that younger employees are not going to be too concerned about this. However, those with families will find this particular option of the program to be critical. Medical debt can force a family to make decisions regarding college education financing or other matters they wish to avoid. Medical debt assistance helps them avoid drastic actions. With the right type of advice, a person can navigate the waters and reduce the amount of bad medical debt they currently are facing.

Client Reviews
The legal plan has been a great resource and they commonly align the practice area with the best of the best. I have used this in multiple states and locations for a range of services and have saved 10x program costs. I highly recommend this service and is a great benefit MTM provides us. T. Lucas
I have been able to personally recommend this to a number of our people base on the excellent service and quality advice that I have received over the last two years. I have been able to have a new will drawn up, have received advice and review of real estate contracts both in New Jersey and Florida, and have had occasion, unfortunately, to seek advice on criminal charges filed against one of my teenagers. We were delighted when the charges were dropped, the direct result of the representation of the lawyer I immediately contacted from Countrywide. I will continue to recommend Countrywide based on my personal experience as well as the feedback that I have received from our employees. P. Daniels HR Director
We have offered Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services to our employees since 2007. At the time, we were looking for a unique, low cost benefit offering for our employees. I had heard about pre-paid legal services, but must admit, I didn’t think our employees would get much bang for their buck. I was wrong, I was stunned at how many employees actually enrolled in the plan during that first year. Our enrollment continues to be strong and employees rave about the benefit year after year. The plan is simple to administer and Countrywide handle everything in an organized, professional manner. It’s been a very well-received benefit for our employees. J. Magrowski, VP Human Resources
I am very pleased to recommend Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services as your legal plan provider. Our benefits philosophy is to attract, motivate, reward and retain the best employees and Countrywide complimented our total rewards package. The set up and rollout of this plan was well organized and quite easy to administer. Countrywide has been easy to work with, has attended our benefit fairs, group meetings and provides us with all communication pieces for open enrollment. J. Kilpatrick Benefits Manager
We made a decision to offer Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services as a voluntary benefit to our full-time employees. The benefit was well-received by employees and enrollment has been consistently high. The plan is easy to administer and fully paid at the employee level. Countrywide attends all of our employee fairs, gives an excellent presentation to our employees and they are timely and responsive to our request for information. From an HR perspective, I can highly recommend this service to any company looking to enhance their employee benefits package with quality choices while keeping costs manageable. S. Phillips, VP, Human Resources

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