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Protesters urge Johns Hopkins to not sue over unpaid bills

July 22, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several hundred people gathered outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to protest the hospital’s practice of suing patients over unpaid medical bills.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Saturday demonstration also promoted the efforts of Hopkins nurses to join the National Nurses United union. The Sun reported in May that Hopkins has filed thousands of lawsuits since 2009 against patients with outstanding bills. It reported a large portion of those lawsuits targeted residents of low-income areas.

Hopkins emailed a statement to employees Saturday saying it supports its nurses right to unionize, but the union released false information about Hopkins’ debt collection practices. Spokeswoman Kim Hoppe says the court is only called on when patients stop responding and all points of contact are exhausted. She says patients can apply for medical or financial hardship.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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