Before COVID-19, one in five Tennesseans already had medical debt on a credit report. This pandemic and recession could make it an even bigger problem.
Explore 12 ways Tennessee's governor and state lawmakers could prevent medical debt, help people manage it, and mitigate its effects.
Counties with high rates of medical debt tend to have more uninsured residents, auto/retail loans and delinquencies, and payday lenders per capita.
Medical debt is unique from other types of debt for its connection to health-related circumstances that individuals often cannot predict or control.
Medical debt is surprisingly common in Tennessee across most demographic and socioeconomic groups, and it can have far-reaching effects on prosperity and health.