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New Accretive allegations: Debt collector told new mom to pay or baby would stay

Pioneer Press, June 27, 2012

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has leveled new charges against Accretive Health, alleging the Chicago-based debt collection agency used illegal billing and collection tactics to get money from patients at two Twin Cities hospital systems. Swanson's revised complaint, filed Tuesday, June 19, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, cites a dozen instances where "emergency room patients (were) hustled with bedside collection visits" that led them to believe they had to pay before receiving care.