Changes to Credit Scores
Effective July 1, the three main credit reporting agencies, which are Equifax, Experian and Trans
Union, will remove approximately 70 percent of medical collection debt from consumer credit
reports, according to the Florida Realtors Association.
In addition, the time period will increase from six months to a year before unpaid medical
collection debt appears on a consumer’s report. This change will help consumers with a medical emergency retain a higher credit score, which assists in buying property, vehicles and other products.
According to Forbes, approximately 23 million Americans have at least $250 in medical debt at
any given time and medical debt is the number one reason for bankruptcy for consumers