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BCFP raises the call for greater oversight for medical debt

Medical debt remains one of the major causes of personal financial struggles in Cuyahoga Falls and throughout the U.S. Due to the high costs of healthcare, many are unable to resolve their medical expenses as quickly as some providers would like. The pressure to resolve medical debts can be a major source of stress, as debtors often worry that they or their loved ones will be refused care in the future because of unsettled expenses. Medical providers are within their rights to this, just as they are to report any delinquent accounts to the three major credit reporting agencies or initiate legal action to collect outstanding debts.

Don't mistake debt relief companies for financial advisors

Isn’t it funny how getting in debt is easy, yet getting out of it is so difficult. The urge to satisfy momentary impulses will often lead people in Cuyahoga Falls to make unwise financial choices, the consequences of which often last a lot longer than the payoff that they initially received. The thrill of a purchase can be fleeting compared with the stress one may face as the accompanying debt negatively impacts his or her job, marriage, and physical health.

Past bankruptcies don't keep voters from electing candidates

Many is Cuyahoga Falls who are in the unenviable position of needing to file for personal bankruptcy often worry about how doing so will affect not only their financial situations, but also their standing within the community. Some may remember back to a time when such a decision was considered a societal taboo, and allow the fear of being branded as financially irresponsible or being ostracized by family and friends to deter them from seeking needed protection for their creditors. While it's impossible to know the opinion of each and every person within a large community, one can look at public actions such as election results to try and gauge what public opinion may be in this issue.

Should candidate's bankruptcy be an issue in an election?

The perception of those who’ve filed for bankruptcy in Cuyahoga Falls has no doubt changed over the years. What once may have been viewed as the ultimate taboo is starting to be seen more-and more for what bankruptcy protection was originally intended to be: a way provide people with debt relief while being open and honest with their creditors regarding their financial struggles and attempting to repay them if they can. Yet with media access delving deeper and deeper into issues these days, the question of whether or not a person has to file for bankruptcy protection can be viewed as a gauge of his or her attitude or character is often raised.

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