Puerto Rican Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez sent a letter today to the Secretary of the Treasury Department, Janet Yellen, to come out in defense of the young Puerto Rican Alexis Hernández, who in 2019 suffered burns to almost his entire body after an explosion in his apartment in Mexico.
This after it became known that Hernández faces a debt of more than $ 1.7 million that the federal government is charging him for hospital bills.
Velázquez made a summary of the young man’s case to the federal secretary of the Treasury, pointing out that it was a tragic situation and that the agency was “pursuing” him to pay the millionaire sum.
“Mr. Hernández and his supporters have asked the Treasury Department to forgive his debt, a debt that he cannot pay, but has not received a response,” the representative said in her letter.
The congresswoman added that “after suffering a tragedy of this nature, the Department of the Treasury should not be burdening him with a mountain of medical debt from which he cannot recover.”
Velázquez ended the letter by telling Yellen that he asks the Treasury to give Hernández’s appeal deep consideration, in accordance with the laws that apply to him.
Breaking news re our story on @alexisjoelpr, young man billed $1.7 million by US Treasury for treatment of his severe burn injuries: Cong. Nydia Velazquez writes appeal: “the Treasury Dept should not be saddling him with a mountain of medical debt from which he cannot recover.” pic.twitter.com/0isjVAkUmL
— AnnaWernerCBS (@annawerner) April 8, 2021
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