If you have begun to receive letters and calls from MediCredit, you are the subject of a debt collection agency. This means that a MediCredit collection is now on your credit report and is impacting your credit score.
Having a collections account on your credit report can result in harassment from collections officials and a drop in your credit score. While this can be anxiety-inducing, there are a series of steps that you can take to deal with this debt collector and have the collection removed from your credit report.
If you are curious about how to deal with MediCredit, follow our how-to guide below.
What is MediCredit?
MediCredit, which is owned by The Outsource Group, is a collection agency that purchases debt from original creditors in order to turn a profit. Specifically, MediCredit collects debts from hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare providers.
So how does a collection agency make money? Collections agencies like MediCredit buy debt for pennies on the dollar. The original credit will cut their losses, and MediCredit will continue to pester you for the original amount to make money off of the difference.
MediCredit has been in business for 42 years and has an A+ rating from the BBB, but it’s not because the people that work with them are thrilled about it. They have over 200 negative reviews from customers, none of which are factored into their BBB score. In fact, they are known as a particularly aggressive debt collector.
Why is MediCredit Contacting Me?
If you are getting letters and phone calls from MediCredit, it means that they are trying to collect a debt from you. The original creditor, likely a hospital or medical provider, sold the debt to MediCredit. This means that MediCredit now owns the debt and can collect payments on it.
It is worth noting that the BBB page for MediCredit claims that they don’t actually purchase debt and are instead outsourced collectors. This means that the original creditor still technically owns the debt, but MediCredit is hounding you on their behalf. This may cause the debt to end up on your credit score twice.
Debt collectors are a nuisance, but there are some limits to how and when they can contact you. The Federal Trade Commission passed the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to protect people who owe debts from being continuously and unfairly harassed by debt collectors.
Any collector who engages in the following behavior is in violation of the FDCPA:
- Calling before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. without your explicit permission
- Calling you at work without your explicit permission
- Calling you any other time you have told them is inconvenient or after you have told them to stop
- Calling friends or family members and telling them you owe a debt
- Lying about their identity or the amount owed
- Threatening legal action that they can’t or won’t take
- Using abusive or obscene language or harassment of any kind
According to consumer reports, MediCredit has been called to court over 20 times for various FDCPA violations. Be sure to keep track of your encounters with MediCredit and note if they have abused the FDCPA in any of the above ways.
How to Remove MediCredit From Your Credit Report
Request Strictly Written Communication
First, explicitly request that all correspondence moving forward occur through the mail so that you have written proof of any promises or agreements.
Debt collectors are notorious for making false promises over the phone and then denying it after the fact. When you have everything in writing, you can go back and refer to written documents as proof of agreements. It makes it more difficult or impossible to lie around it when it’s in writing.
Throughout your correspondence with MediCredit, be specific with your wording and make sure they leave nothing open to interpretation. Debt collectors are sneaky, and you don’t want them to have any wiggle room in your terms and conditions.
Submit a Debt Validation Letter
Many collections agencies have inaccurate or incomplete information when it comes to the debt purchased. In fact, the debt might not even be yours at all. One in five Americans has inaccuracies on their credit report according to a 2012 Federal Trade Commission report, so it’s important to confirm that the debt belongs to you before you make any payments on it.
You will do this by sending a debt validation letter that asks the collections agency to verify that the debt is yours. You only have 30 days from the first contact to do this, so be sure not to put this step off. You may not get a response from the collections agency if you wait beyond 30 days.
MediCredit is required to respond to your debt validation letter within 30 days. If they do not, you can file a dispute with the credit bureau to have the debt removed.
To verify the debt, you will have to submit a Section 609 A Form. The purpose of this form is to confirm the legal name associated with the debt as well as the date. There are plenty of templates online that can guide you through the process of completing this form.
The date of the delinquency is important because many states have laws surrounding when a collections agency is allowed to request debt repayments. These laws will vary by state, but it is typically limited to seven years. If the debt has passed this deadline, MediCredit is required by law to remove it immediately.
If the debt turns out to be invalid, you will need to send a dispute letter to MediCredit and the credit bureau. They are required to remove it by law. If this doesn’t happen, you can always get a lawyer involved.
Negotiate your Payoff
If the debt turns out to be yours, you will need to negotiate repayment.
Make sure that you are dealing with MediCredit directly when it comes to negotiating a collection on your credit report. If you go to the credit bureaus directly, they will simply tell you that they do not have the authority to remove the collections account.
You can request that in order to receive a payoff, MediCredit must remove the debt from your credit report immediately. This is known as a pay-for-delete agreement. Begin by offering to pay half of what they are asking for and move forward from there.
After you send them the first payment, check your credit report in 30 days. If the account is still there, you need to confront MediCredit directly. Demand that they remove the entry immediately and submit proof of the agreement as well.
Again, this is where it becomes important to have your communications and agreements in writing. You will need to able to submit written proof from them that they agreed to remove the entry from your credit report in exchange for an initial payment.
Otherwise, they may try to weasel their way out of it.
Seek Professional Help to Repair Your Credit Report
Now that you’ve dealt with MediCredit, you will need to get your credit score back on track. This will likely involve hiring a credit repair company to help you.
You will want to hire someone that can repair your credit your score with all three of the major credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. They should also be able to give you a series of follow up actions to improve your score.
Make sure you do your homework on a credit repair company before you give anyone your money. Some credit repair companies fail to follow through on their promises and turn out to be a scam.
Debt collectors are a nuisance. If you are being harassed by MediCredit, there are a series of steps that can help you get rid of them and get your credit back on track.
You don’t have to settle for a collection account tanking your credit score. By following the steps outlined above, you will be able to deal with MediCredit for good and repair your credit report.