RIP MEDICAL DEBT’S

Year-End Summits


Friday, Nov 9: Medical Debt in America
Saturday, Nov 10: Veterans’ Medical Debt

Serendipity Labs
28 Liberty Street, 6th Floor
New York City

Overview


Two days for discussing medical debt in America and veterans’ medical debt.
A look at problems and solutions.

“Healthcare” in America has become too confusing, too costly to deliver, too expensive to receive. The Friday summit focuses the problems and solutions for medical debt in America. The Saturday summit focuses on problems and solutions for the medical debt of veterans and military.

The summit will feature a presentation on the early findings from an economic impact study of medical debt forgiveness. A second highlight will be RIP announcing forgiveness of $500 million in medical debt on all 50 states (through a major donation), including $50 million in veterans’ medical debt.

Agenda — Friday, Nov 8

RIP Medical Debt, the nonprofit featured by John Oliver on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” is hosting a major summit on the medical debt crises in America. The event brings together industry leaders from all corners of the healthcare world. Speakers, panels and working groups will come up with viable solutions for the intractable problem of unpaid and unpayable medical debt.

An historic first, early findings will be revealed in relationship to the economic impact study of medical debt forgiveness being performed by four major universities. Francis Wong from the University of California at Berkeley will be on hand to deliver this report. He represents the team from four universities: UC/Berkeley, UCLA,  University of Chicago, and MIT.  The research is being conducted with help from RIP Medical Debt and data scientists at TransUnion Healthcare.

MORNING
8:00 – 9:00

Light breakfast

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome by RIP Medical Debt More

Presented by RIP Co-Founders Craig Antico, CEO and Jerry Ashton, EVP

9:15 – 9:30

Introduction by Dr. Anthony Ferreri, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

9:30 – 10:10

Ideation Session #1: Introductions

10:10 – 10:40

Panel #1 and Q&A More

From Beginning to End: How can the healthcare and receivables industry work together to reduce medical debt hardship? What are the pitfalls? What regulations impede?

Moderator: Jerry Ashton. Panelists: K. Eswaramoorthy, Jonathan Wiik, Jan Steiger, Zak, Shawn Gretz, Clayton Jobe, Chi Chi Wu.

10:40 – 11:00

Preliminary report on the Economic Impact Study More

Effects of Forgiving Medical Debt (joint project by researchers at UC/Berkeley, UCLA, University of Chicago, and MIT).

Presenter: Francis Wong, UC/Berkeley, Department of Economics.

11:00 – 12:00

Ideation Session #2 More

Discuss economic impact study. How does this study influence or affect my organization or my thinking?

AFTERNOON
12:00 – 12:45

Lunch & Networking

12:45 – 1:00

Major Announcement presented by Craig Antico

1:00 – 2:00

Panel #2 and Q&A More

What is the roll of advocacy and charitable organizations? Where do they succeed and why do they fail? How can providers, government and NGOs work together to improve a patient’s financial healthcare experience?

Moderator: Jerry Ashton. Panelists: Joel Segal, Julapalli, Adler, Tawnya Bouma, Moreau, Holly Lang, Letcher

2:00 – 3:00

Open-ended Q&A and town hall discussion. More

Moderator: Jerry Ashton

Agenda — Saturday, Nov 9

Saturday summit’s singular focus is the medical debt shouldered by our military and veterans. RIP sees veterans’s medical debt as the unfortunate “collateral damage” of a government and private healthcare system which clearly does not deliver on America’s promise to take care of its warriors. Participants  will include governmental and NGO resources, veterans and veteran advocates, technology and data experts.

Attendees are invited to march with the RIP contingent and its float in Sunday’s famous New York Veterans Day Parade, the largest in the nation,

MORNING
8:00 – 9:00

Light breakfast

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome by RIP Medical Debt More

Presented by Mikel Burroughs, VP, and Jerry Ashton, EVP

9:15 – 9:30

Introduction

9:30 – 10:10

Ideation Session #1: Introductions

10:10 – 10:40

Panel #1 and Q&A More

What is the state of healthcare finances today for veterans and active duty military? Why and how is medical debt being created for these people. How can technology and data be used to mitigate that problem?

Panelists: Ziggy Jonsson, Myra Simon, Juan Serrano, Nicci Eisenhauer, Jonathan Wiik, Clayton Jobe

10:40 – 11:00

Preliminary report on the Economic Impact Study More

Effects of Forgiving Medical Debt (joint project by researchers at UC/Berkeley, UCLA, University of Chicago, and MIT).

Presenter: Francis Wong, UC/Berkeley, Department of Economics.

11:00 – 12:00

Ideation Session #2 More

Discuss economic impact study How can we use data to improve the healthcare system the vets/military must confront?

AFTERNOON
12:00 – 12:45

Lunch & Networking

12:45 – 1:00

Major Announcement presented by Craig Antico

1:00 – 2:00

Panel #2 and Q&A More

“Getting ‘er done!” What does it take to get people’s attention, to start effective campaigns, to engage the movers and shakers?

Panelists: Joel Segal, Chi Chi Wu, Hutch Dubosque, Tawnya Bouma, Dana Thompson

2:00 – 3:00

Open-ended Q&A and town hall discussion.

3:00 – 3:15

Break

3:15 – 4:00

Panel #3 and Q&A More

Coming to the rescue of the indebted. Creating alliances, creating noise, creating result

Moderator: Mikel Burroughs. Panelists: Steve Olds, Jorge Newberry, Ilene Proctor, Jake Cahan, Myra Simon, Shawn Gretz, Nicci Eisenhauer, Emma Sapat, Sean Underkosler.

4:00 – 4:30

Ideation Session #3 More

“What do we do with what we have learned?” How can we improve next year’s vet debt summit? Complete feedback forms and return to table leader.

4:30 – 5:00

Closing remarks

5:00 – 6:00

Reception with “Your IPA” beer and snacks, generously donated by RIP partner, Melvin Brewing.

About RIP

RIP Medical Debt is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity, based in New York, established in 2014 to abolish unpaid and unpayable medical debt. Funded by donations from individuals and organizations, RIP locates and buys “portfolios” of medical debt (for pennies on the dollar) and then simply forgives the debt, no strings attached — a random act of kindness.

RIP Leadership at the Summit

Craig Antico, Co-Founder, CEO

Jerry Ashton, Co-Founder, EVP

Mikel Burroughs, Col (ret) US Army, Vice President

Support Our Veterans Campaign

Make a donation today to abolish a veterans medical debt


Summit Attendants

Economic Impact Study Team
  • Wes Yin, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy, UCLA.
  • Neale Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago.
  • Francis Wong, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, UC/Berkeley.
  • Ray Kluender, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, MIT.
Organizations Attending
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
  • American Initiatives for Veteran Support (AIMS)
  • AmericCollect
  • Artsy
  • ASB Consulting
  • Bloomberg Healthcare
  • Bluewater Wireless
  • Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Custom Benefits Solution
  • DebtCleanse
  • DvM Communications
  • Enigma Health and Human Services
  • HR&A Advisors
  • Ilene Proctor International Public Relations
  • InSight Public Affairs
  • Integral Gastroenterology Center
  • Marketwatch
  • Maurice Wutscher, LLP
  • Medical Debt Hub
  • National Consumer Law Center
  • New Jersey Creditors Rights
  • Nixon-Peabody
  • Northwell Health
  • Patriot Mission
  • Peter Sheehan Diabetes Care Foundation (PSDC)
  • Projects in the Public Interest
  • RMA International
  • Senex Services Corp
  • Shared Harvest Fund
  • Together for the Good
  • TransUnion Healthcare
  • UC/Berkeley Economics Department
  • USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy
  • Verizon HIPAA Security
  • Vytalize Health

Summit Partners