RIP Medical Debt Makes the National News Programming

by | Apr 18, 2023 | Billie's Blog, Conference Newsletter, Mission Project

On April 16th, CBS Sunday Morning ran an excellent piece on RIP Medical Debt. As their intro narrative states:

“At any time, one in five American households bears medical debt, the cause in a majority of U.S. bankruptcies. Since 2014, the charity RIP Medical Debt has abolished more than $8.5 billion worth of medical bills for five million Americans, by buying up delinquent medical debt at pennies on the dollar, just as debt collectors do, and abolishing it. Correspondent Martha Teichner talks with the co-founder and president of RIP Medical Debt, and with a Georgia preschool teacher whose $1,500 medical debt, that had dogged her for years, was suddenly erased.” 

RIP Medical Debt

This four-minute video on the CBS website (https://www.cbsnews.com/video/rip-medical-debt-abolishing-crippling-health-care-debts/) gives an excellent overview of how the program works. You’ll remember this is one of our three 2023 Mission Projects this year. You can give at https://dscumc.org/mission-project-donation/.

Please remember to share your church’s total mission project offerings with Billie Fidlin by Monday, June 5th. Thank you for the blessings upon so many worldwide!!

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Author: Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center and the Phoenix Police Department's Faith Advisory Council. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.
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