State continues suspension of medical, student debt to state

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NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew  Cuomo today announced that the state has renewed, for the eighth time, 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 — with limited exceptions — through December 31, 2020.

In response to continuing financial impairments resulting from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, the AG again renewed orders, taking effect this morning and going through Thursday, December 31, 2020. After this period, the AG will reassess the needs of state residents for another possible extension.

The attorney general also will accept applications for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG for collection.

“As COVID-19 continues to spread, more and more New Yorkers are feeling its financial impact,” said James. “As we approach the holiday season and more begin to worry about their finances, my office is renewing the suspension of state and medical debt through the end of the year in order to alleviate some of these hardships and help New Yorkers make it through these difficult times. We will continue to look for ways to help New Yorkers to get back on their feet, and, by working together, it is our hope that we can rebuild our state’s economy and move towards a period of recovery.”