IRS releases new guidelines designed to help patients targeted by the "aggressive debt collection" practices of some nonprofit hospitals.
"Last month, ProPublica and NPR detailed how one nonprofit hospital in Missouri sued thousands of lower income workers who couldn’t pay their bills, then seized their wages, all while enjoying a big break on its taxes. Since then, the IRS has released long-awaited rules designed to address such aggressive debt collection against the poor. Largely because these new rules fill a void — there were hardly any rules at all — patient advocates agree they are a major step forward. Even so, they have easily exploitable gaps." -- Paul Kiel, ProPublica.org