January 19th, 2014

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Citibank: Stop Tricking Customers in Medical Need; Make the Citi Health Card Fair

Citibank: Stop Tricking Customers in Medical Need; Make the Citi Health Card Fair



    1. Petition by

      Ian Miller

      San Diego, CA





The Citi Health Card -- a medical credit card from Citibank -- is one of the sneakiest credit products on the market today.  The product includes "deferred interest" and a 30% interest rate.  What this means is that after an introductory rate of 18 months, even after paying the minimum payment (or more) for the entire 18-mo period, the debtor incurs a finance charge for the 30% against the original balance.
I had an original debt of $4,000 that I had paid down to $2,881 over the 18 month introductory term of the Citi Health credit card. On the 19th month, after making payments every month, I was saddled with an additional $1954 debt due to the sneaky "deferred interest" clause.
Consumers are often signing up for this card when they have no other way to pay for out-of-pocket medical and dental costs.  Worse still is that these products are exempt from federal truth-in-lending requirements, meaning that the medical professional doesn't even have to understand or explain the terms of the credit card to the consumer.
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To:
Citibank
Make the Citi Health card fair for consumers. The Citi Health card is one of the highest interest rates in the industry (30%) even for consumers with very good credit. The combination of a very high interest rate, lack of requirements for truth-in-lending statements, deferred interest and being issued by a medical practitioner in high-stress environments where it's often the only way to pay for necessary medical or dental expenses is unfair to consumers.
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