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As it was an emergency room bill, I imagine it would be covered. Again, it's impossible to know for sure.

Actually it is the opposite.  An ER bill makes it more likely that the contracted physicians group was not a Medicaid provider at the time and therefore you might be responsible for the bill.  Again you need to start with Medicaid and find out if this provider was contracted at the time you went to the ER and if the provider billed them if they were. 

It isn't impossible to know.  You are going to have to do some work to defend yourself in this if you cannot hire an attorney. 
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You need to start there and find out if the service was even covered by Medicaid.

The billing service for the physicians group has actually been sued for overbilling Medicaid recently. I'm not sure if that means anything, but it's a good sign. Otherwise, it's really difficult to tell at this point. The bill was from years ago. As it was an emergency room bill, I imagine it would be covered. Again, it's impossible to know for sure.
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Also, is there any way to dispute medical bills in court? The copy they gave me looked like a poor quality fax, but I don't have proof that it was forged, only a hunch because it contradicts what the OC told me.

I would object to the document as being illegible and a faxed copy not being reliable.  I would demand an authenticated copy or original or that this evidence be excluded.

I received a demand letter from an attorney claiming to represent a hospital physicians group. I was shocked, because on the date of service listed in the letter, I was on Medicaid and would not have been liable for hospital bills.

The one area that could fall outside Medicaid is the physicians group.  Not all physicians are participating Medicaid providers and that does not mean that the patient is not responsible.  It is the opposite.  If the physician or their group is not a participating Medicaid provider they are not required to take it as payment and the patient is responsible for the bill.  You need to start there and find out if the service was even covered by Medicaid.

If it should of been then one of my defenses would be the provider erred in not billing Medicaid as required and therefore waived their right to collect from the patient directly.

As for FDCPA attorneys.  There really are not any in TN.   Try searching at www.consumeradvocates.org
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Have you spoken to Medicaid about this?
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Arbitration / Re: Arbitration with PRA
« Last post by YYaWannaNO on Yesterday at 07:23:06 PM »
Thanks fisthardcheese.  Status call isn't until the first week of January so I will look in to this.  I'm also looking into filing a motion to dismiss.  What would be more effective?  A motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction?  Seeing as though the court granted my motion for ARB or just stick with the motion for sanctions
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Also, is there any way to dispute medical bills in court? The copy they gave me looked like a poor quality fax, but I don't have proof that it was forged, only a hunch because it contradicts what the OC told me. It seems like an account statement could ruin my chances of winning, but that's just a guess. How do you fight a fake statement?
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Well, I guess one could classify a credit file as both informational and consumer.

However, as I am seeing every page on Equifax's website says only 'Equifax', I'd deem presenting Mr. Baldwin his 'letter of strong recommendation' at 'Equifax Inc.' just and proper.
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Do you know how I might be able to find an FDCPA attorney? I've found attorneys who seem to do everything but debtor's defense, and FDCPA searches bring up a lot of out-of-state advertisements. I might just be looking in the wrong places, but it feels like a wasteland here.

As far as getting an attorney to defend myself, it might not be worth it. The suit is less than $1000, so I'd be better off paying. I'm more worried about the damage it would do to my credit. I'd never fully recover.

It's definitely within the SOL, which is six years in Tennessee.
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Depends on who you are suing.  Are you using Equifax Consumer Services, Equifax Information Services, Equifax, Inc, or some other related entity?  If you don't have it right on your lawsuit, they will be happy to play their shell game with you to get the case tossed (at least temporarily), so I would make sure you are suing the correct entity.

Technically, either way, Shawn Baldwin will gladly accept service for any entity you want to sue.
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Immediately call several attorneys that do FDCPA work.  Run this by them and see if you can't just find one that is willing to take your case at no upfront cost to you.

I would also check the date of your medical service and see how that compares to your state Statute of Limitations on debt.
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