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Written By Memorial Day Needs to be Every Day Where Veteran Medical Debt is Concerned. This blog post appears on that usual, anticipated and important point on the calendar where Americans are expected to pause, reflect on our liberties and show gratitude to the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms. I would like to say that Memorial Day should take place every day, but it does not. Memorial Day was officially set aside by Congress in 1968 as the last Monday in May. There is even a specific hour, 3 […]

Written By When Robert E. Goff and I decided to co-author a book employing our collective knowledge of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the medical and debt collections industries to expose their inequities and shortfalls, we had no idea of the amount of work — I mean teamwork — that would be required. At the start we only shared the quality other would-be authors have in abundance: Passion. Robert and could only guess at the public reception to a book dealing with the pain inflicted on fellow Americans by the medical, pharma, insurance, and collections industries. Would the […]

Written By Youri PinardCredit Professionals Recruiter How the collection industry finishes off the poor American citizen who survived his hospital stay but is crumbling under debt. How can you liberate this same citizen of thousands of dollars of debt with a $100 donation to the RIP Medical Debt charity. July 7, 2015. During an interview with Jerry Ashton in a small cafe in Union Square, Manhattan, I ask him about his underlying motives. Why he, a veteran of the collection industry, has jumped over the fence? “How about doing Good?”, he says with a grin.The […]

Written By Our Veterans, who’ve served our nation and are serving it now, should be freed from the burden of their unpaid – and unpayable – medical debt. Here on Veteran’s Day, we urgently need a national campaign to abolish veterans’ medical debt. May people are surprised to learn that veteran medical debt even exists. We have been led to believe, or perhaps improperly assumed, that all of the medical costs for our armed forces and their families, both during and after enlistment, are paid by the government in return for veterans’ unselfish service to our country. Not exactly. Quite frankly, […]

NEW YORK — RIP Co-Founder Jerry Ashton and Board member Robert Goff have co-authored a medical debt survival guide, a timely critique that only “insiders with an edge” could have put together. Is the book needed? Almost 43 million Americans have unpaid debt today. Medical debt is cited in more than 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies. One in 10 of the 12.5 million non-elderly veterans report having neither health insurance nor Veterans Affairs’ health care. The Patient, The Doctor and the Bill Collector. A Medical Debt Survival Guide (PDBC) cuts cleanly through the Gordian Knot of industry rules and shortcomings, laying […]

Seen At 11: A Phone Call From Collectors That Can Actually Get You OUT Of Debt. As CBS2 Found Out, What RIP Medical Debt Offers Is Too Good And Very True. Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until they decided to find a way to pay off struggling people’s debts. When Paola Gonzalez received a phone call from RIP Medical Debt, she was certain what she heard was a mistake. A prank, maybe. The caller said a $950 hospital bill had been paid for in full: It would not affect her […]

Written By The Atlantic in June 2015 published a terrific article by Derek Thompson, “The Greatest Good.” He posed an intriguing question. When you donate, can you do so effectively and not just emotionally? Can it be “munificence matched with math?” When faced with multiple and conflicting requests for a contribution to a cause, you might pose the same question as the article’s author, Derek Thompson: “What is the best charitable cause in the world, and was it crazy to think I could find it?” Thompson’s answer for the optimum choice? “One can make an astonishing difference in the world with a pinch […]