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New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced that the state will again renew, for the sixth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.

In response to continuing financial impairments resulting from the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the OAG renewed orders again Saturday, September 5, 2020, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. After this period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for another possible extension. Additionally, the OAG 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.

Since COVID-19 began to spread rapidly across the country in mid-March, tens of millions of residents across the nation have filed for unemployment, including nearly 3.6 million in New York state alone.