By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 20, 2021

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia Health System has announced new billing policies that focus on a patient’s ability to pay.

The Daily Progress reports that the health system will release liens and judgements filed against most middle- and lower-income patients.

It also will limit patients’ financial liability for catastrophic medical care.

Health System officials will create an ombudsman position to assist patients with disputes and redesign intake and appointment scheduling to inform patients about insurance coverage limits and financial assistance prior to treatment.

Under the new policies announced Monday, the health system will remove liens and judgments for patients whose earnings are 400% or less of the federal poverty income level of $12,880 for a single person or $26,500 for a family of four.

That means a single person making as much as $51,520 or a family of four with $106,000 in income or less would see liens released.

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