Do I have to pay this debt?
August 29, 2012 8:31 PM Subscribe
Do I have to pay this debt? It's a seven year-old health bill in the state of Wisconsin that I don't remember incurring.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently received notice that an unpaid health bill I incurred seven years ago was referred to a county collection agency (Waukesha county in Wisconsin, if it's relevant). I've been receiving bills from the county health department for a fair period of time, though because I've never been able to figure out what the charges were for, I (probably stupidly) just ignored them and threw them away.
Now, since they've put the bill on an official letterhead and stuck some threatening language in there, it's making me feel even dumber for ignoring it. Out of desperation (and probably further stupidity), I googled the statute of limitations in Wisconsin, and it looks like it's six years. I sent a letter disputing the debt and asking for an itemized list of the charges...which pretty much tells me that it's a health bill and doesn't really jog my memory. Can I use that to get out of this, or not so much since they've sent me bills before?
I realize that it's probably a terrible thing to try and get out of paying a debt, and if I could actually remember incurring the charges (and if it wasn't $650.00 I don't really have) I probably wouldn't bother trying to.