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.
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.
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.