#HospitalFail - Kansas

Pro Publica: When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

Lizzie Presser, October 16, 2019

“The warrant, he learned at the jailhouse, was for failure to appear in court for an unpaid hospital bill. Coffeyville Regional Medical Center had sued him in 2006 for $2,146, after one of Heather’s emergency visits; neither of his jobs offered health insurance. In the shuffle of 70-hour workweeks and Lane’s chemotherapy, he had missed two consecutive court dates. He was fingerprinted, photographed, made to strip and told to brace himself for a tub of delousing liquid. His bail was set at $500 cash; he had about $50 to his name.”


Daily Mail: Residents of a small Kansas town, where the poverty rate is twice the national average, are being jailed for their unpaid medical bills

Valerie Edwards, February 10, 2020

"She was arrested when she was four months pregnant because she missed hearings involving a $230 radiologist bill."


KOAM: CBS Report focuses on Coffeyville man jailed after missed court dates over medical debt

KOAM, February 10, 2020

"'You wouldn’t think you’d go to jail over medical bills,' Tres Biggs said. Tres Biggs went to jail for failing to appear in court for unpaid medical bills. He described it as 'scary.'"