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GOV. HOCHUL SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PATIENTS WITH MEDICAL DEBT

November 28, 2022 1:41 PM | Anonymous

Press release from governor.ny.gov

Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation (S.6522A/A.7363A) to protect patients facing steep medical bills that can lead to wage garnishment or liens against their property.

"No one should face the threat of losing their home or falling into further debt after seeking medical care," Governor Hochul said. "I'm proud to sign legislation today that will end this harmful and predatory collection practice to help protect New Yorkers from these unfair penalties. With medical debt a burden for far too many, this is an important step to address this crucial issue."

Legislation (S.6522A/A.7363A) amends the civil practice law and rules to prohibit health care providers from placing home liens on an individual's primary residence or garnishing wages to collect on medical debt. Governor Hochul outlined her goals to protect New York's consumers and improve their financial health in her 2022 State of the State Address, which includes addressing medical debt and protecting consumers from abusive and punitive practices that lead to increased and undeserved financial pressure.

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