Couple sues Maine hospital, debt collector over collection tactics

A couple has sued Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and an affiliated debt collector for civil contempt, alleging the defendants continued to demand payment for unpaid medical bills after the couple filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, reports the Portland Press Herald.

The couple claims CMMC and its debt collector, Advance Collection Services, ignored a court order issued in May 2015 that relieved the couple of their obligation to repay certain pre-bankruptcy debts, including three unpaid hospital bills amounting to $2,700, according to documents obtained by Portland Press Herald.

The couple filed for protection from their creditors under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in February 2015.

CMMC and Advanced provided Portland Press Herald with a joint statement.

"Central Maine Medical Center and Advance Collection Services are still reviewing the facts and relevant information related to this legal filing. We will respond to the complaint accordingly."

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