Dear Congress: Let Charities Be Charitable

10/30/2017 04:57 pm ET - HuffingtonPost.com For individuals and families battling chronic illness, medical costs often pose an insurmountable challenge to accessing the care they need, forcing them to make difficult choices that can render them bankrupt.

Considering that health insurance premiums rose by 83 percent between 2005 to 2015 while the amount employees pay for their deductibles increased by 255 percent, it’s no wonder that medical debt is responsible for the majority of bankruptcy claims in the U.S. Research published in 2013 revealed cancer patients were more than twice as likely as those without it to declare bankruptcy, while those with cancer who did declare bankruptcy had a much higher likelihood of dying than those who did not have to resort to the courts to settle their debts. Continue Reading

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