ALBANY — New York state has renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection.

The renewal will be effective for 30 days.

“Coronavirus is not gone, and neither are the financial hardships New Yorkers are facing as a result of it,” said Attorney General James in a news relesase. “It is my hope that by again renewing the suspension of state student and medical debt referred to my office, we can reduce the burden faced by individuals and families during these difficult times.”

The OAG collects certain debts owed to the state of New York via settlements and lawsuits brought on behalf of the state of New York and state agencies. A total of more than 165,000 matters currently fit the criteria for a suspension of state debt collection, including, but not limited to:

n Patients who owe medical debt due to the five state hospitals and the five state veterans’ homes.

n Students that owe student debt due to State University of New York campuses.

n Individual debtors, sole-proprietors, small business owners, and certain homeowners that owe debt relating to oil spill cleanup and removal costs, property damage, and breach of contract, as well as other fees owed to state agencies.

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