Nonprofit pays off medical debt for needy patients

Through a novel charitable program and donations from churches, a non-profit organization called “RIP Medical Debt” has successfully paid off the debts of thousands of people (so far). That’s according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

A recent surge in donations from churches around the U.S. have contributed to the millions of dollars paid off by RIP, which is based in Rye, N.Y.

Kaiser Health News reports that RIP Medical Debt is using a practice called “debt buying” to help patients saddled with insurmountable medical bills. Debt buying is typically when a debt collection company buys a debt portfolio containing the personal information of hundreds of people who are unable to pay what they owe. The debt collector collects on the money and

RIP Medical Debt purchases these portfolios using money from its donors. However, instead of contacting these people demanding they pay, as debt collectors normally would, RIP Medical Debt completely forgives the debts.

People whose debts are forgiven by RIP are not obligated to them in any way.

When a person has their debt forgiven, we want them to experience that as a kind of no-strings-attached gift.

Richard Camacho, lead pastor of Revolution Annapolis, one of RIP’s donors, to Kaiser Health News

Below are requirements for debt forgiveness by RIP:

  • Debtor must be earn less than $25,000 a year
  • Debt must be more than 5% of debtor’s annual income
  • Debtor must have more debts than assets
  • Source: Kaiser Health News

Read more here: RIP Medical Debt

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4 thoughts on “Nonprofit pays off medical debt for needy patients”

  1. This is great. No wonder Christians are such a threat to the Jabba the Hutt politicians who would decide who gives and who gets, and what their percentage of the take should be for deciding.

    Imagine a world of communities that were, indeed, communities, a world where neighbors knew and looked out for and encouraged each other, schooled each other and assisted each other through their difficulties; all on a voluntary basis. The Mormons have it kind of right but they have their problems and their religion is, at best, strange.

  2. giving people money for nothing is generally NOT a good thing, esp as a 3rd party/middleman to pay for things, esp MEDICAL things, which are overpriced in the first place, and now you condone that pricing by paying it.
    People do NOT respect free stuff. Free stuff is wasted abused and condones irresponsibility and screws up punishment/reward that drive behavior.
    everybody knows this, but the emotionally impaired and elitist feelings cause people to throw good money at bad.

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