Campaign to relieve debt in Georgia!
Every dollar you donate forgives $100 in Medical Debt
The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is following the lead of Stacey Abrams and working to forgive medical debt of people in our community. RIP Medical Debt is an organization that bundles medical debt in the collections phase that can be purchased and forgiven cheaply (sadly this cheaply forgivable debt accounts for less than 1% of all medical debt). Every $1 forgives $100. This means our fundraising goal of $5,000 will forgive $500,000 of crushing medical debt that debt collectors are holding over our neighbors. The organization has a rating of 100/100 on Charity Navigator. Letters are also sent to the people whose debt is forgiven and we will receive a Debt Fulfillment Report.
Based on available medical debt that can be acquired and forgiven, we will use money raised to forgive debt with the following priorities:
1. All medical debt that can be purchased cheaply to provide medical debt relief for residents of Clarke County.
2. All medical debt that can be purchased cheaply to provide medical debt relief for residents of neighboring counties Oconee, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Barrow.
3. All medical debt that can be purchased cheaply to provide medical debt relief for residents of all US Congressional District 10 counties such as Elbert, Walton, Morgan, Greene, Taliferro, Butts, Jasper, Putnam, Hancock, Henry, Newton, and Wilkes counties.
4. Any additional money raised would go to Georgians in other counties.
Target Date of Completion: 2022
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How RIP Works
Over a hundred million Americans, one in three, struggles with the weight of medical debt.
Here’s how we lift them up.
You make a donation
With every donation, RIP uses its precise data analytics to pinpoint the medical debt of those most in need of relief: households whose incomes are less than four times the federal poverty level guideline or with medical debt representing at least 5% of gross income.
RIP buys medical debt at a steep discount
Your donations allow us to buy debt in bundled portfolios, millions of dollars at a time at a fraction of the original cost. On average, whatever you donate has 100x the impact.
Together we wipe out medical debt
People across the country receive a letter that their debt is gone. No taxes. No penalties. Just like that, they’re free of medical debt.
Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is 100% tax deductible.
When we purchase a portfolio of medical debt, we abolish debt for individuals who:
- Earn less than 4x the federal poverty level (varies by state, family size).
- Debts are 5 percent or more of annual income.
We only buy debt that has been pre-qualified by our partners to meet at least one of these criteria.
We never collect on debt we purchase, only relieve it.
No. With your help, we abolish medical debt permanently. Recipients have no adverse tax consequences, obligations, or strings attached.
For those whose medical debts are relieved, the relief is a gift from a detached and disinterested third party (RIP) as an act of generosity, so relief of the debt does not count as income to the debtor. We will not file a Form 1099-C with the IRS.
Due to HIPAA laws, RIP Medical Debt cannot disclose the names, contact information or any other specific details of the debt relief beneficiaries.
RIP Medical Debt cannot relieve debt by individual request.
While we would love to help everyone who needs assistance, RIP Medical Debt cannot abolish medical debt for specific individuals. We approach the problem of medical debt by acquiring large portfolios of debt to help thousands of people at once.
Because medical debt affects so many people who may not have debt accounts in the portfolios we purchase, we have compiled a list of resources that may be able to help in ways RIP Medical Debt cannot.