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I see. Thank you for clarifying that for me, Mariana.Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), you typically have the right to inform the collection agency that you do not wish to be contacted further about this debt and to dispute the alleged debt. I would do so by certified mail so you have proof it was received. If they continue to contact you about the debt, they could be held liable for violating the FDCPA. I would also file a complaint with the BBB and dispute the charge with the credit reporting agencies if the debt is reported on your credit report.Ultimately, you could file suit for damages you have sustained as a result of the hospital's actions and for a declaratory judgment that you do not owe the alleged debt.Here is a link which summarizes your rights under the FDCPA:http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0149-debt-collection
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Thank you for your answer. I know I can contest the bill with collections and will do so.
My question is when you receive a bill from a provider (in this case UM) and you contest it by all the means that they provide in their bill, and you don't get an answer from them is it legal or illegal to send you to collections?