The Maryland Senate gave its unanimous support on Thursday to a bill that would help rein in hospital debt collection efforts that critics have said ensnare former patients — many of them still battling illness — in a cycle of poverty. The 47-0 vote on SB 514, sponsored by Finance Committee Vice Chairman Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) came after the chamber’s former Republican leaders — Sens. J.B. Jennings (Harford) and Stephen S. Hershey Jr. (Upper Shore) — signed on as co-sponsors. Thursday’s action followed House passage of an identical bill, HB 565, on Monday, 134-0.
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