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Connecticut Cancels Medical Debt

Connecticut just launched the first successful state-level effort to address the medical debt crisis. Last Friday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) announced that his administration will be canceling hundreds of millions in medical debt for around 250,000 eligible residents.

Residents of Connecticut will receive this relieving news if their medical debt is greater than five percent of their annual income, or if their household income is below 400 percent of the federal poverty line. The forgiveness program could begin as soon as this summer.