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I have a medical bill from 11/21/2014 that I feel I am

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I have a medical...

I have a medical bill from 11/21/2014 that I feel I am wrongfully being billed for. I have first received the invoice 12/07/2015.

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IL

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Not to my knowledge.

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I have many notes regarding this matter. The bill is for $3500.00, my insurance company was billed for $1500.00 and the date of billing was fictitious. The physician failed to provide enough detail and when the claim was denied for lack of detail he sat on it for another year. Too many details I suppose for this initial purpose.

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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this situation. It seems like there is a cause of action that you may have against this debt collection company. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act at section 1692e, it is unlawful for a debt collector to say that you owe a balance when you do not. If your insurance already paid or if the medical office is putting fictitious dates on the bills, then this is a violation of the FDCPA.

In the future, you may want to consider just writing a cease and desist letter (click here) for all collection attempts under the FDCPA. Lawyers use letters like these on the regular basis to enforce their client’s rights. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation. If they continue, then you should file a complaint with the FTC regarding their action.

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