New York governor signs medical debt protection law

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a bill prohibiting healthcare providers from placing home liens on a person's primary residence or garnishing wages to collect on medical debt. 

More than 50,000 New Yorkers have been sued for medical debt over the past five years, according to a Nov. 23 news release from the governor's office. 

The law is aimed at preventing housing instability and other devastating financial consequences to vulnerable New Yorkers, according to the release. 

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