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After NY settlement, GE Capital Retail to offer consumer safeguards on CareCredit health cards

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state officials say they’ve reached a settlement with GE Capital Retail Bank that forces its CareCredit LLC subsidiary to add consumer protections to its health care credit cards, which can carry interest rates above 26 per cent.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNY’-dur-muhn) says the agreement limits charges in advance and requires the company to disclose higher interest rates that kick in if charges are not paid off at the end of a promotional period.

The settlement ends an investigation by the office’s Health Care Bureau that followed consumer complaints.

GE Capital Retail Bank issues the CareCredit card and contracts with health care providers who offer it to patients to finance treatment.

The company says it’s worked with the attorney general’s office to resolve its concerns.