As one in five people in the U.S. grapple with medical debt and in the spirit of working for local communities, NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Stations Group has donated $150,000 to RIP Medical Debt (RIP), the leading nonprofit tackling the medical debt crisis in the country. RIP will use the station group’s donation to locate, buy and forgive $15 million of medical debt owed by individuals in 11 markets.

“NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ commitment to helping the most vulnerable in our communities is an inspiration,” said RIP co-founders Craig Antico & Jerry Ashton. “Our goal is to abolish $1 billion of medical debt in 2018, and we’re incredibly proud to have NBC and Telemundo owned stations as partners in helping us make this happen.”