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Supporters of Proposition 209 say the resulting Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act is aimed at protecting people from crushing medical debt. But critics say the law goes much further than medical debt and will have unintended consequences.

Arizona voter approval of Proposition 209 this fall will go a long way toward keeping people from being “forced out on the street or lose their cars” when they have medical bills they can’t pay - but consumers still need to be on their guard. Read more»

A provision in Prop. 209 denotes that its protections only apply prospectively, meaning after it became law on Dec. 5.

A fight over voter-approved medical debt reforms in Prop 209 pits a group of debt collectors and lenders who argue that the language the proposition is unclear and the state of Arizona and Healthcare Rising Arizona, which ran the ballot measure’s campaign.  Read more»

A sign in favor of Proposition 211,  which would require major funders of independent campaign advertising to identify themselves and their donors whose contributions exceed $5,000.

Arizona voters are set to approve or reject 10 ballot initiatives - the majority of which were referred to the ballot by legislators, including three which restrict the ability of Arizonans to pass their own laws. Read more»

The average Arizonan with medical debt has $1,903 in collections and while 20% of white Arizonans have medical debt in collections, that number for communities of color is much higher at 39%.

Initial results from the tabulation of early ballots and some Election Day votes showed 75% in support of Proposition 209 - known as the Predatory Debt Collection Act, which aims to restructure how medical debt is collected in favor of the indebted party - and just 24% opposed. Read more»