This summer, New York leaders passed two key pieces of legislation that would provide much-needed relief to patients burdened by medical debt:
- S.6522A/A.7363A: Prohibits a lien being placed on a person’s primary residence for medical debt judgments and prohibits wage garnishment for medical debt judgments.
- S.2521C/A.3470C: Requires hospitals to disclose additional “facility fees,” which cover overhead costs, before providing treatment; bans “facility fees” for preventive services.
The Governor has until the end of the year to sign these important bills into law – that’s just three months.
55 organizations signed on to a letter sent to the Governor last week. Calling her office is key to making our message heard. That’s why we’re starting a push every Monday from October through December to call upon the Governor to take these important steps for patients and #EndMedicalDebt now.
Join us! Use the Phone2Action tool at cssny.org/EndMedicalDebt. Calling is simple: You will get a call from 516-701-2538, listen to a set of talking points, and then be connected to the Governor’s office.
Here’s what we recommend for your call:
|Hi, I am [your Name] from [your town/city] and I want the Governor two sign two important bills to help End Medical Debt and relieve the burden that is crushing New Yorkers.|
As soon as possible, we need Governor Hochul to sign into law:
– The bill to Ban Medical Liens and Wage Garnishments, S6522A/A7363 and
– The bill to Regulate Facility Fees, S2521C/A3470C.
Good luck and happy #MedicalDebtMonday!