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Mike Litt, Director of Consumer Campaigns, 702-427-1608, mlitt@pirg.org  
Mark Morgenstein, Director of Media Relations, 678-427-1671, markm@publicinterestnetwork.org

Press Release

U.S. Pirg Applauds Biden Administration's Actions on Medical Debt

Federal agencies to reduce or eliminate medical debt as a factor in loan programs.
WASHINGTON -

Vice President Kamala Harris announced reforms Monday to reduce the impact of medical debt on Americans’ finances. Federal agencies will more effectively evaluate financial assistance, loan products, billing and debt collection practices related to medical expenses, and reduce or eliminate the use of medical debt in underwriting for federal loan programs. 

Patients experiencing problems with a financial product or service related to medical billing and collections are being directed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to file a complaint

In response Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s Consumer Campaigns director, made the following statement:

“Because so many health issues are beyond our control, medically necessary debt on credit reports shouldn't just be limited -- it shouldn’t be reported or considered at all.

“We are glad to see the Biden-Harris Administration leading the way for government agencies to look at eliminating or reducing the impacts of medical debt. Opening the door for people with medical debt to apply for federal loans is a big deal. Next, the private sector should follow suit.” 

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U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

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