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DOD/DODOASHA RIN: 0720-AB87 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Collection From Third Party Payers of Reasonable Charges for Healthcare Services; Amendment 

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) section 702 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 provides authority to waive fees charged for certain civilian non-beneficiary patients: (1) after the patient’s insurance pays, if any, the civilian is not able to pay for the trauma or other medical care provided to the civilian; and (2) the provision of such care enhances the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health care providers, as determined by the Secretary. The amendment of 32 CFR 220.7 would delegate authority to the Secretary of Defense or a Secretary of Defense established representative to waive medical debt owed for services rendered at Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) if the patient requests a medical debt waiver and meets the two specified criteria.  

This amendment should be made as current legislation and policies can lead to an undue financial burden on non-beneficiary patients who have incurred medical debt from treatment at MTFs. The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and the Digital Accountability and Transparency act of 2014 drive federal collection activities and can place individuals indebted to the government at risk of financial hardship. By making these changes, the Secretary of Defense would have the ability to waive non-beneficiary civilian debt in cases where the patient is unable to pay as determined using Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines and when the care provided enhances the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health care providers.

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 220   
Legal Authority: NDAA 2021, sec. 702   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  08/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
DeLisa Prater
DHA Uniform Business Office Program Manager
Department of Defense
Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs
8111 Gatehouse Road, Suite #221,
Falls Church, VA 22042-5101
Phone:703 275-6380