Nonprofits take many different forms, and some are designed specifically to work in partnership. The organization addressed here allows others to live out their mission intentions while keeping media focus on a larger, persistent medical and economic problem.

A Gallup survey noted that in 2017 alone Americans racked up $88 billion in debt to pay medical bills. “The survey also found that one in four Americans have skipped treatment because of the cost, and that nearly half fear bankruptcy in the event of a health emergency,” the New York Times reported last month.

In Evansville, Indiana, the congregation of City Church has decided to take some steps locally to address this crisis and is seeking to eliminate $1.5 million in medical debt for low-income people by buying that debt for $15,000 through RIP Medical Debt (RIP), an organization that was inspired by the now-defunct Rolling Jubilee, an offshoot of the Occupy movement that bought both medical and student loan debt. RIP Medical Debt helps eliminate medical debt and stop the hounding of poor people faced with collections proceedings, by buying the debt for pennies (or in this case less) on the dollar. To date, RIP Medical Debt has relieved 200,000 people of their past-due debts, to the tune of around $700 million.

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