Senator Liz Boldon Celebrates Governor Walz’s Signing of Minnesota Debt Fairness Act

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, June 17th, Governor Tim Walz signed the Minnesota Debt Fairness Act into law – legislation authored by Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester) – at a ceremonial bill signing event. Passed by the Legislature last month, the bill aims to help Minnesotans struggling with medical debt. The following provisions, and more, are now a part of Minnesota state statute:

  • Bans providers from withholding medically necessary care because of outstanding medical debt
  • Prohibits medical debt from being automatically transferred to a spouse
  • Prevents medical debt from being reported to credit bureaus
  • Limits wage garnishments from patients’ paycheck
  • Establishes new protections for property in collection and bankruptcy
  • Requires providers to publish their collection practices, and cracks down on predatory collection actions

After the conclusion of the bill signing ceremony, Senator Boldon released the following statement:

“Since before I was elected to office, I have been fighting for a healthcare system that puts people over profits. We all have friends, family members and neighbors who have experienced sudden and unexpected medical issues, but we often forget about the costs associated with these things, and how financially devastating they can be. We have heard horror stories from Minnesotans about everything from billing errors that go unnoticed, to predatory collection practices that put even more stress on patients, prolonging their recovery. Minnesotans deserve some fairness in the repayment process. Thanks to advocates, and the hard work of Attorney General Ellison and his team, Minnesotans will now have more protections when it comes to medical debt, and a fairer repayment process.”

The provisions of the Minnesota Debt Fairness Act have varying effective dates, between now and early 2025.

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Assistant LeaderSenate District 25
Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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