UConn Health study: State providers filed 86,000 lawsuits seeking medical debt from 2011-16

A recent study found patients in Connecticut were sued for more than $110 million for past-due medical bills from 2011-16, according to Hartford Business.

Researchers from the Health Disparities Institute at UConn Health in Farmington found that in the five-year period, almost 86,000 medical-debt lawsuits were filed in small-claims court. Researchers noted the analysis only includes hospital and nonhospital cases filed in small-claims court, and the 86,000 tally is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The total number of lawsuits filed to reclaim medical debt has decreased in Connecticut since 2014, though. Researchers credited the decline to insurance gains under the Affordable Care Act.

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