Is It Possible for Me to Go to Jail If I Cannot Pay My Medical Bill

Question: Is it possible for me to go to jail if I cannot pay my medical bill due to being jobless? I cannot pay a medical laboratory bill. I got a letter from a collection agency saying they are going to sue me. I have no money and no job. Will I have to go to jail?

Answer: The only way in which a person can be jailed in connection with nonpayment of a debt in Illinois is if (a) a judgment is entered against you and (b) you are served with a court order requiring you to appear in court to answer questions about your income and assets and (c) you fail to comply with the court’s order, which may result in your being found in contempt and a warrant issued to bring you before the court to answer the questions.