Franklin County, OH - RIP Medical Debt

Abolish Medical Debt in Franklin County, OH!

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Campaign Created BySNaHP at Ohio State University College of Medicine

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is the student advocacy arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a coalition of healthcare workers seeking to advocate for a more just and equitable health system in the United States. This year, as SNaHP at The Ohio State University College of Medicine expands its presence on campus, we are holding a medical debt relief initiative for the residents of Franklin County, Ohio. As of this writing, RIP Medical Debt has access to $9.4 million in medical debt held by residents of Franklin County, all of which could be abolished by raising $60,000 through our campaign. We plan to set our initial fundraising milestone at $15,000, which still has the potential to abolish millions of dollars of debt for those living with the unjust burden of medical debt. 

We believe that medical debt is unjust not only because healthcare is a human right that all people should have access to, but also because no one should have to bear oppressive financial harm for something they cannot control. Until we work to restructure our profit-driven healthcare system, the fear of medical debt will only continue to exacerbate delays in care seeking and drive the growth of medical debt held by patients. And, as the leading cause of consumer bankruptcy in the United States, this is a pervasive issue that affects the lives of so many people—likely your friends, family, and neighbors. 

Please check out the great work RIP Medical Debt has already done with community and government partners around the state of Ohio—namely in Akron and Toledo. Efforts are also being made by the city of Columbus in partnership with RIP Medical Debt to engage in large-scale debt relief for city residents. These city ordinances and the funds raised through our smaller fundraiser will be applied to residents earning less than 4x the federal poverty level or those who have debts greater than 5% of their annual income. After RIP purchases their debt from the debt market, residents will be notified in writing that their debt has been abolished and are liberated from this financial burden.

Your donation can greatly impact the lives of individuals living with medical debt—$100 donation can abolish nearly $10,000 in medical debt in your community. We hope you will consider donating! 

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Franklin County , Ohio
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How RIP Works

Over a hundred million Americans, one in three, struggles with the weight of medical debt.

  • You make a donation

    We use data analytics to pinpoint the debt of those most in need: households that earn less than 4x the federal poverty level (varies by state, family size) or whose debts are 5% or more of annual income.

  • RIP buys medical debt at a steep discount

    We buy debt in bundles, millions of dollars at a time at a fraction of the original cost. This means your donation relieves about 100x its value in medical debt.

  • Together we wipe out medical debt

    People across the country receive letters that their debt has been erased. They have no tax consequences or penalties to consider. Just like that, they’re free of medical debt.

Frequent Questions

Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Relevant Documents:

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.

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