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Dozens of Sexual Assault Victims Had to Pay Out of Pocket for Their Rape Exams

From TIME - November 28, 2017

(NEW YORK)Dozens of sexual assault survivors were improperly billed for their rape exams by a New York City hospital, the states attorney general said Tuesday.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that under an agreement with his office, the Brooklyn Hospital Center will reimburse patients who paid out of pocket for a rape kit and will inform rape survivors going forward that under a 2005 New York state law the rape kits can be billed to the states Office of Victim Services.

Schneiderman said he has also sent letters to 10 other hospitals throughout the state seeking information on how they bill sexual assault survivors and hopes the agreement with Brooklyn Hospital will serve as a model.

These kits are used on what is undoubtedly one of the worst days of a survivors life, Schneiderman said. The absolute last thing they should have to worry about is how theyll pay for their care at the hospital. But we have found contrary to law that way too often they do have to worry.

Schneiderman said a woman contacted his office in January about her experience being treated at Brooklyn Hospital after she was sexually assaulted in 2015.

After her visit, in complete violation of state law, she was billed seven different times for her rape kit, hundreds of dollars each time, Schneiderman said.

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