An Ounce Of Prevention: Reforming the Hospital Financial Assistance Law Could Save Pounds of Patient Debt

Posted May 11, 2023 by Amanda Dunker

As patients continue to get sued for medical debt, New York’s Hospital Financial Assistance Law (HFAL) needs urgent reform. Uneven implementation and enforcement of the HFAL leaves uninsured low-income patients and patients of color with medical debts that they cannot pay, contributing to economic insecurity and poor health outcomes.

This brief explains how the Ounce Of Prevention Act would create a fairer, more equitable system for patients in New York by streamlining and modernizing the HFAL.