The Presbytery of Milwaukee eliminates $1.9 Million of Medical Debt

The Presbytery of Milwaukee has taken the decisive step to assist people to heal more fully by eliminating medical debt.

The Presbytery of Milwaukee is composed of  41 churches located in southeastern Wisconsin.  The presbytery launched a campaign in September to pay off $1 million in medical debt in partnership with the non-profit RIP Medical Debt.

RIP Medical Debt identifies unpaid medical debt and utilizes charitable donations to forgive old, outstanding debts for pennies on the dollar.

“We sent out the challenge in late September,” said Rachel Yates, Milwaukee Presbytery executive.  “Within weeks, we had enough donations from our congregations and members to wipe out about $1.9 million in debt, through RIP Medical Debt.  Though we will never know the names of those we helped, we are certain this will be a Thanksgiving to remember.”

RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former medical debt collectors, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton. The organization uses donations to purchase bulk medical debt and resolve it at a rate of $1 for every $100 worth of medical debt.

Yates explained that, “this fall, Milwaukee Presbytery committed to explore the deep intersections of systemic poverty and structural racism and to take action for change. Wisconsin statistics show the devastating impacts of that disparity in access to quality, affordable health care for many who are poor or for people of color. By extinguishing this medical debt, we are trying to interrupt the cycle.”

Source: Presbyterian Mission