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Wages and property liens can no longer be used to satisfy medical debts

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a law that will no longer allow healthcare providers to collect wages or place liens on the homes of patients to pay off medical debt.

Now, tens of thousands of New York residents will be protected that have high medical debt or are sued for medical debt, according to Rochester First.


“No one should face the threat of losing their home or falling into further debt after seeking medical care,” 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.”

Around 50,000 residents have been sued in the last five years for medical debt. One of the reasons Hochul supported getting rid of wage collection and liens were the other problems it could lead to. This includes housing instability and even worse financial consequences.

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