Anyone who’s ever had an unexpected medical bill can tell you that owing vast sums of money for life-saving but expensive care can be terrifying. But for many people, insurmountable medical expenses are too real. In fact, medical debt is the number one cause of bankruptcies in the United States.
What you might not know is that when hospitals fail to collect from people unwilling or unable to pay, the debt is frequently sold and resold in secondary markets, where third-party creditors use increasingly hostile and questionably legal tactics in an attempt to profit off of the unsecured debt. When they can’t, they often resell the debt at a loss, for pennies on the dollar.
That’s where Judith Jones and Carolyn Kenyon of New York stepped in, stepped up, and came to the rescue of well over a thousand strangers in their home state. These two women on a mission wanted to make a statement, not just about the dangers of medical debt, but also about how universal healthcare could have prevented the entire nightmare scenario.
So, the pair made some calls, kicked a little butt, and in the end, they raised just over twelve-thousand dollars through friends, family and neighbors. Then they reached out to R.I.P. Medical Debt, who helped them zero in on the neediest families in New York, and they bought some debts. A lot of them.
To be specific, the two women and their backers purchased and permanently forgave a staggering one-point-five million dollars in medical bills. All for complete strangers.
That’s how you do some serious Good in the World.
If you have a cause you’re passionate about, why not raise some money and spread some joy at the same time?