Virginia governor vetoes 2 bills to ease medical debt

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed a pair of bills this week that addressed patient medical debt. 

One of the bills would have created a three-year statute of limitations on collecting medical debt. In his April 11 veto note, Mr. Youngkin said the legislation would have significant financial implications on the state's financial regulations by inadvertently affecting other forms of debt as well. 

The other bill barred healthcare providers from beginning debt collection actions for victims of crimes before the victims receive money from the criminal injuries compensation fund. Mr. Youngkin said he bill would have unintended consequences that could harm small healthcare providers by creating more legal liabilities. It could have also resulted in higher healthcare costs for Virginians, he said.  

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