I've just received a letter notifying me that a hospital has received monies from NC department of revenue to be applied to outstanding debts.Problem is - this letter has come out of the blue! I've never received any bills from them for the service performed on the date in question and have been to the hospital several times and payed all my bills as I leave. I have no doubt that the services were performed on the date - but I had no idea this money was owed - until I received this notice.I'm extremely annoyed about it - as all they had to do was send me a bill or call me. I'm not sure what this is going to do to my credit rating.They are looking for a $20 fee to appeal the petition - but isn't this a Conflict of Interest to go through the hospital to appeal it?The amount in question is only $192.Any thoughts/advice?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): North Carolina
Nothing - the letter arrived today
Hi and thank you for using JustAnswer!I am sorry to learn of the circumstances you've described. Please clarify: what happened when you called the hospital to follow-up about your account?
I called them this morning. They said they were paid from the IRS on may 4th, and did send a bill and follow up call. The problem is they had a very old address and phone number on file.
They also said I should have got notification from the Insurance company - which I probably did, but they're not Bills - I always wait for the Bill to pay.
Anyhow, I explained that we had been in several times since then as ask if we need to pay anything when we leave - she didn't comment on that.
I said I was worried it would impact my credit rating - she said it wouldn't as it's been paid off.
Not sure if I should appeal it or not - I agree I had the procedure - just wasn't aware I owed money as I had received no corresponce or indication that I did on previous visits.
Do you know if this wil impact my credit score/ IRS standing and if I should take any action?
There will be no negative action taken re: the IRS. From the facts you've described, they have not reported the debt to the credit bureaus and, thus, there should be no negative action on your credit score.If the debt was owed, in reality, there is nothing to appeal. I agree that the communication on their part could have been better but, from the facts you've described, no laws were broken.It has been my pleasure to assist you today with your information needs. It is my goal that you are satisfied. No expert can promise you an answer that is favorable to your circumstances. But I will do my very best to explain the legal principles that are related to the facts you’ve described so that you can better understand the “why” of things. Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide to give you excellent service!"
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