East Idaho News: VanderSloots receive Adams Award from Alturas Institute

An East Idaho News story highlights Frank and Belinda VanderSloot’s acceptance of the John and Abigail Adams Award.

IDAHO FALLS — Frank and Belinda VanderSloot were honored Saturday night by The Alturas Institute for creating a consumer protection fund that defends Idahoans from excessive attorney fees in medical debt collection cases.

The couple was presented with the John and Abigail Adams Award, which is meant to reflect the mission of The Alturas Institute to promote equal protection of the law.

Dr. David Adler, president of The Alturas Institute, presented the VanderSloots with the award and praised their efforts in establishing the Idaho Medical Debt legal defense fund.

“The VanderSloots have called upon the Idaho legislature to pass meaningful legislation that protects Idahoans,” Adler said. “I predict it will be passed into law and surrounding states will look to it as an example in creating their own legislation.”

The VanderSloots created the fund last year following a series of EastIdahoNews.com stories about aggressive medical debt collection practices in eastern Idaho. They have contributed $1 million to represent more than 200 citizens embroiled in debt collection cases.

Read the full story on East Idaho News. Additional news coverage was featured in Idaho Falls Magazine, the Post Register and ABC affiliate KIFI Local News 8​.