California Committee Approves Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act

A California General Assembly committee approved a bill Wednesday that would place more restrictions on debt buyers operating in the state. The primary impact of the bill would be to require more documentation from buyers during the debt collection process.

The bill – SB 890, also known as The Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act – was passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. But the bill is significantly different than the one introduced last year.


Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform Insurance Mandate; Considers Penalty a Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld, in large part, President Obama’s healthcare reform bill (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal justices in the case, which came down as a 5-4 majority decision. Most of the provisions of the bill were declared Constitutional. But a new rule that would strike funding from states refusing to participate in an expansion of Medicaid was thrown out.


Sen. Franken to Offer Bill with Tough New Medical Debt Collection Rules

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) said that he would introduce a bill Wednesday with tough new rules for medical debt collection agencies and healthcare providers. The new proposal would almost certainly be informed by a hearing Franken conducted last month on alleged debt collection abuses by Accretive Health on behalf of its client, hospital operator Fairview.

The bill would come on the heels of new debt collection rules for nonprofit hospitals proposed last week by the Treasury Department.