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Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 167: CRIME VICTIMS

Sub-Chapter 002: Center For Crime Victims Services

13 V.S.A. § 5366. Delay in debt collection by health care provider



§ 5366. Delay in debt collection by health care provider

(a) When a person files a claim under this chapter, no health care provider that has been given notice of the claim shall conduct any debt collection activities relating to medical or dental treatment received by the person in connection with the claim until an award is made on the claim or until the claim is determined to be noncompensable pursuant to section 5355 of this title. The period during which the health care provider is prohibited from conducting debt collection activities under this section shall be excluded in determining the applicable limitations period for commencing an action to collect the debt.

(b) As used in this section:

(1) "Debt collection activities" means repeatedly calling or writing to the claimant and threatening to turn the matter over to a debt collection agency or to an attorney for collection, enforcement, or filing of other process. The term shall not include routine billing or inquiries about the status of the claim.

(2) "Health care provider" shall have the same meaning as in section 9402 of Title 18. (Added 2007, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 3.)