Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have announced significant changes to how medical debt sent to collections will appear on consumers’ credit reports. The action will remove close to 70% of medical collection debt reporting tradelines from credit reports.
The following join statement was made by the companies’ CEOs:
“Medical collections debt often arises from unforeseen medical circumstances. These changes are another step we’re taking together to help people across the United States focus on their financial and personal wellbeing,” said Mark W. Begor, CEO Equifax; Brian Cassin, CEO Experian; and Chris Cartwright, CEO TransUnion. “As an industry we remain committed to helping drive fair and affordable access to credit for all consumers.”
Read the full announcement here, click here.
A tradeline is a term used by credit reporting agencies to describe credit accounts listed on a credit report. For each account reported by a business there is a separate tradeline. Each tradeline includes information about the creditor and their debt.
There are two main types of tradelines. Revolving tradelines like credit cards and lines of credit and installment tradelines or loans like mortgages, auto loans, student loans or personal loans.
Along with debt information each tradeline can include information such as;
This information is primarily used to calculate credit scores. A credit score is just one aspect of a potential customers creditworthiness. Lenders may also want to check the tradelines on an individuals credit report to get more information.
Checking on specific information on a tradeline can give a lender detailed information. For example, a lender might check to find out the length of time an account has been delinquent. They could also check if credit scores have dipped because of a high utilization rate which can help determine whether a potential customers is a credit risk by checking the balance versus the credit limit.
In order to report tradeline data to the credit bureaus you will need a data furnisher agreement with the credit bureau(s) you wish to report to. You will also need Metro 2® reporting software which is up-to-date with the Credit Reporting Resource Guide®, meets all credit reporting laws and regulations and is capable of accurately producing the Metro 2® format layout such as our M2R program.
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CONSUMER DATA INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION RELEASES STUDY ON THE VALUE OF CREDIT REPORTING IN U.S. | CDIA (cdiaonline.org)
“This study highlights the value credit reports offer to consumers and the entire economy,” said CDIA President and CEO Francis Creighton. “It’s never been more important than right now to better understand how our credit reporting system empowers consumers to fairly engage in the economy. Our study takes a hard-look at how our most vulnerable populations can build credit and gain financial inclusivity. This is critical, fact-based information that policy makers, academics, non-profits and others can use when examining how to address important challenges facing America.”
It is important to share this information at a time when our economy faces unprecedented challenges. Many people are looking for answers to close the gap of inequality and improve financial inclusion. The benefits of the credit reporting system will be evident more than ever during the current economic recovery.
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According to a recent article from CDIA lack of rental payment information being reported to consumer reporting agencies, or not scored by lenders, or both is severely effecting renters access to the financial mainstream.
According to the CDIA article Next Mortgage News highlights this point in a recent story from Laurie Goodman. In this story Goodman says, “I think it’s a big omission that the version of credit scores that are used for mortgage origination includes no rental payment history.” The story points out the new versions of credit score models do try to incorporate rent payment history when it is available. But it is missing most of the time, as landlords don’t have to report this data and the credit bureaus don’t have access to a consumer’s bank account data, which would include rent payments.
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We put together a list of FAQ's and answers brought up recently concerning credit reporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
COVID-19 Reporting FAQ's
The following information is provided to assist you with reporting in accordance with the CARES Act. We are providing this material for guidance in Metro 2® reporting. This is not legal advice. You should review your company's reporting policies with your legal and compliance teams. For more information on these guidelines please visit CDIA's Covid Resources
For accounts that were current prior to the Accommodation period:
For accounts that were delinquent prior to the Accommodation period:
For accounts that are brought current during the Accommodation period:
To further define your consumer accounts you can elect to utilize these additional Metro 2® reporting options in accordance with the CARES Act amendment to the FCRA as outlined above.
(1) accounts deferred during Accommodation period due to COVID-19 (FAQ 44).
(2) accounts in forbearance as a result of a natural or declared disaster, or for other reasons (FAQ 45).
(3) accounts affected by natural and declared disasters (FAQ 58)
During these uncertain times we are still here and doing our best to keep your business on track. The CDIA® is providing great resources you can access to help answer your METRO 2® data reporting questions. For a list of these resources please visit www.cdiaonline.org/covid-19/.
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