Equifax-Backed Credit Score Provider Says Unpaid Medical Bills Do Not Predict Creditworthiness

  • Wall Street Journal reported that VantageScore Solutions LLC would stop factoring all medical debt in collections into the latest versions of its scores starting October.
  • The credit-score provider was founded by Experian Plc EXPGYEquifax Inc EFX, and TransUnion TRU in 2006.
  • VantageScore decided to remove all medical collections after finding that they aren’t good at predicting a person’s likelihood of repaying other debts, especially compared with other accounts in collections, said Silvio Tavares, the company’s CEO.
  • Also Read: Equifax Sent Erroneous Credit Scores To Lenders Due To Technical Glitch: Report.
  • Unpaid bills of hospitals and other medical providers often lower people’s credit scores.
  • The company said that the latest version of the scores could increase by as much as 20 points. 
  • Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have delayed adding new unpaid medical debts to credit reports for an entire year after being sent to collections, up from a six-month waiting period. 
  • Unpaid medical debts of less than $500 will be removed from credit reports starting in 2023, though it is possible that the dollar amount could rise, according to people familiar with the matter.
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