Seven New York hospitals illegally billed survivors and victims of rape for forensic examinations at least 200 times at seven different hospitals, according to a settlement announced Thursday by Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office.

The hospitals, Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Columbia University, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, New York Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Richmond University Medical Center, and St. Barnabas Hospital, will have to put in place written policies to ensure those who have been raped or sexually assaulted do not receive bills for examinations or pay any costs.

“Survivors of sexual assault have already gone through unfathomable trauma; to then subject them to illegal bills and collection calls is unconscionable,” Underwood said. “Hospitals have a fundamental responsibility to comply with New York law. My office will continue to do everything in our power to protect survivors and their rights.”

The investigation began after a survivor was billed seven times for a forensic examination that was administered at Brooklyn Hospital’s emergency room, prompting a statewide review of bill practices at other hospitals.

The bills ranged from $46 to $3,000. The investigation found hospitals had failed to inform patients of proper payment options.

“We commend Attorney General Underwood for taking this critical step in ending the unlawful practice of billing rape survivors for their Forensic Rape Examinations,” said Sonia Ossorio, the president of the National Organization for Women – New York. “It is of the utmost importance that survivors are given every tool and support possible to come forward, report the crime if that is what they wish to do, and to lower any barriers to reporting.”

The AG’s office can be contacted regarding billing complaints at 1-800-428-9071.