Working to strengthen community action, promote social change, and improve health, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

FEATURED WORK
Report released by TAP and Demos October 2010
Based on data from the 2008 Demos national survey of low- and middle-income households with credit card debt, "Sick and in the Red " illustrates that those who identified out- of- pocket medical expenses as a factor in their outstanding credit card balances had higher balances than those who did not. Americans households hit with medical bills have limited assets or income to cover these often significant costs and too often turn to plastic. Download the Report or Read more...

TAP Director Testifies Before Congress, May 12, 2010 at the hearing
"Use of Credit Information Beyond Lending: Issues and Reform Proposals" of the House Committee on Financial Services on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. The archived webcast, witness list and prepared testimony can be viewed here.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange has profiled our Medical Debt Resolution Program
The Innovation Profile describes the program's development, results, and lessons learned. Read more...

The Access Project is Partnering with a Consortium of Non-Profit Organizations led by the Aspen Institute on an Initiative to Develop an On-Line Asset Platform
This platform will serve as a resource for staff at non-profit and social service organizations that provide financial education, coaching and asset development services. It will feature The Access Project's Medical Debt Resolution Program. It is currently under construction, but visitors are welcome.
THE ACCESS PROJECT (TAP) IN THE PRESS
May 6, 2012
Medical Billing, A World of Hurt: Error-Prone System is Headache for Insurers, Providers, Patients
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Link to article | By Sarah Jane Tribble

April 25, 2012

Nonprofit Hospitals' Charity Care Policies Draw Criticism in N.C.
The Nonprofit Quarterly | Link to article | By Rick Cohen

April 25, 2012

Experts: Hospitals Need Scrutiny
The Charlotte Observer | Link to article | By Ames Alexander, Karen Garloch and Joseph Neff

March 14, 2012

For Uninsured, Tips in Seeking to Reduce a Medical Bill
The New York Times | Link to article | By Ann Carrns

March 4, 2012

Small, Paid-Off Medical Debt Can Mar Credit, Upend Financing for Unknowing Americans
Associated Press | Link to article | By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

September 12, 2011

Patients Face Mounting Medical Bills in Down Economy
The California Report | Link to article | Reporter: Kelley Weiss

September 6, 2011

Can Medical Debts Prevent You From Getting a Job?
Credit.com | Read article | by Gerri Detweiler

August 7, 2011

Charity-care Hospital Regulations Scrutinized
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Read article | by M.B. Pell

August 2, 2011
Could a Medical Collection Account Keep You From Getting a Mortgage?
Credit.com | Read article | by Gerri Detweiler

July 16, 2011
When Your Doctor Sells Credit Cards
The Wall Street Journal | Read article | by Jessica Silver-Greenberg

July 3, 2011
Hospital CEO Pay Has Some Ill At Ease
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Read article | by M. B. Pell

April 20, 2011
Huge Hospital Markups Burden Patients
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Read article | by M. B. Pell

March 28, 2011
Injured Patients Discover Hospitals Seeking a Piece of their Accident Settlements
Austin American-Statesman | Read article | by Mary Ann Roser

March 7, 2011
Medical Credit Cards--Life Saver or Headache
King 5 News | Watch Video | Read article | by Jesse Jones, King 5 news

LEGISLATIVE ACTION
Congressional Action on Medical Debt
On June 2, 2011, the Medical Debt Responsibility Act of 2011 (HR 2086) was introdued. This bill would require that medical bills of $2,500 or less, which have been paid or settled, be removed from credit reports within 45 days.

In late September last year, the US House of Representatives approved the Medical Debt Relief Act of 2009 (HR 3421) on a bipartisan vote of 336 to 82. This legislation addresses the widespread problem of medical debt on credit reports. The Act would require the removal from a consumer's credit report of medical accounts that have been fully paid within 30 days of being settled. The proposal could provide relief to millions of Americans who have had their credit scores lowered due to medical accounts that have been fully paid off yet can remain on a credit report for up to seven years.

Read more, including Q & A with lead House sponsor, former Rep. Kilroy...

TAP Executive Director Mark Rukavina posts on the New America Foundation's blog about the Medical Debt Relief Act.

Press: 6/7/2010, Dallas Morning News, "Healthy Idea: Separating Medical Debt From Other Debt" by columnist Pamela Yip

MOVIE RELEASE
Do No Harm, a new documentary produced by Kindling Group,
tells the story of a two reluctant whistleblowers in a small Georgia town who endure relentless attacks as they struggle to draw national attention to hospital corruption and the plight of the uninsured. Visit the Do No Harm website