Can debtors attach my social security in washington state?

Asked over 1 year ago - Seattle, WA

We live on a fixed income. My husband has social security and I receive social security disability. we have a hospital bill we cannot pay and I'm afraid they will take all our money and we will have nothing to live on.

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  1. Jared N Hawkins

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    Answered . Under federal law (42 U.S.C. 407) social security income is protected from "execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process." Nonetheless, I suggest you work with the hospital to pay what you can.

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  2. Shawn B Alexander

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    Answered . I agree with the previous answers and it is also exempt under state law RCW 6.15
    Good Luck

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  3. David J. McCormick

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    Answered . Your social security benefits cannot be garnished by the hospital.

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  4. Margaret Ann O'Reilly

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    Answered . Neither your Social Security Disability benefits nor your husband's Social Security benefits can be attached by creditors as long as they are identifiable as coming from Social Security. If they are mixed together with other funds in a single bank account, they may lose that protection. If you have assets, those may be available to your creditors. If you have assets that you want to protect, you should consult with an attorney about how to address this problem. Most hospitals have some kind of free care pool -- you can also talk to the hospital billing office about this.

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