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Churches raise enough to erase about $26M in medical debt

Added 10-26-20 12:03:02pm EST - “More than 100 United Church of Christ congregations across southern New England have helped raise enough money to erase a total of $26.2 million in medical debt for thousands of families across the Northeast and more than 12,000 first…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Churches raise enough to erase about $26M in medical debt”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BOSTON (AP) - More than 100 United Church of Christ congregations across southern New England have helped raise enough money to erase a total of $26.2 million in medical debt for thousands of families across the Northeast and more than 12,000 first responders and medical workers nationwide.

The churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, along with four church associations, and more than 100 households raised more than $200,000, the denomination announced Sunday.

That money went to the New-York based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt, which bought debt in August from collection agencies for pennies on the dollar. That debt will now be forgiven.

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About $8.4 million in medical debt for 7,175 households in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont will be wiped out.

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