Veterans Affairs extends pause on debt collection during coronavirus pandemic

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This story originally published Jan. 22, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. EST. It was updated on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. to reflect VA's plans to extend the pause on debt collection through September 2021.

After months of calls from veterans, advocates and Capitol Hill lawmakers, the White House approved further extending the pause on veteran debt collection at the Department of Veterans Affairs during the pandemic, affecting as many as 2 million veterans.

On Feb. 18, the department released further details on its plan to halt debt collection for veterans through Sept. 30. Those debts include benefit overpayments and some medical copays veterans may have incurred since April 1, 2020.