Birmingham church to forgive more than $7 million in medical debt

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According to online data, the average person spends about $10,000 a year on healthcare.

26% of those say they have problems paying those bills. And most never can. That’s where St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Birmingham is stepping in.

They partnered with RIP Medical Debt to pay off medical debt for those who need it most. “The RIP buys medical debt directly from hospitals for pennies on the dollar and so their average return for every dollar you donate to RIP, they’re able to forgive 100 dollars worth of medical debt which is just insane.”

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What’s even more insane is the response St. Lukes saw from the community. First they thought they would at least be able to cover Birmingham, with more than $10,000 in donations.

However, money kept pouring in even after the 6-week deadline. They ended up receiving about $7.5 million.

That’s enough to cover 14 counties across the state, giving families a life-changing gift this holiday season.

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