Can a hospital legally bill me for hospital / medical bills that my husband accrued ?
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Illinois has a Family Expense Act which makes one spouse liable for the reasonable and necessary medical bills of the other. Under federal law each spouse can contract for credit on their own. However most medical expenses are not the result of the patient contracting to obtain credit, Elective or planned procedures may be. So you may be liable. You need to have an attorney who defends collection cases examine the bills and facts, including the explanations of benefits. It should not cost you anything to consult (at least that is our practice).
A hospital is required by Illinois law to give you a payment plan and bankruptcy is always an option.