Campaign to relieve debt in Georgia!
Every dollar you donate forgives $100 in Medical Debt
Campaign Created by The Temple, Atlanta, Georgia
In the book of Deuteronomy God lays out a commandment for the Jewish people, every seven years they must observe a forgiveness of debts. Debts between siblings and kinsmen, friends and strangers, tribes and nation alike- everyone must receive a clean slate. Thousands of years ago, when the Jewish people were sent into exile, this ancient tradition came to an end. Today, the Temple in Atlanta Georgia – alongside our faith and justice partners and RIP Medical Debt- is dedicated to renewing this tradition as the Jewish people celebrate the start of the seventh year on September 6th 2021.
As a people of faith we know that life is filled with unexpected perils and sudden emergencies, and that our health is a blessing which must be cherished. For hundreds of thousands of people living in Atlanta, recovering from illness is not only a physical and spiritual burden – but an extreme financial one as well. Medical procedures cost unfathomable amounts of money for services, and insurance companies denying coverage seemingly at a whim, all while we are at our most vulnerable. Everyone has loved someone who has fallen ill, and most know the dread and shock of opening a medical bill to find out that they owe far more money than they expected; or could ever afford.
As a Jewish community, The Temple is taking it upon ourselves to live by the ancient words of our sacred Torah and do our part to alleviate that suffering. We can do this because for everyone $1 we set aside for debt relief, RIP Medical Debt can forgive approximately $100 dollars. In other words, if we raise $10,000 we will forgive $1,000,000.00 As a gift to the city we love, and as part of our High Holy Day celebrations, our goal is to forgive nearly $2,000,000 of Atlanta’s medical debt.
The 20th century Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said “What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people.” With your donation we will make the ancient words of Deuteronomy come alive once again, and be the text people that our city needs.
Thank you to our justice partners
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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 income is below twice the federal poverty line or are insolvent.
RIP buys medical debt at a steep discount
Your donations allow us to buy debt in bundles. That allows us to buy debt at a fraction of the original cost. So whatever you donate has 100x the impact.
Together we wipe out medical debt
People 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 2x the federal poverty level (varies by state, family size).
- Debts are 5 percent or more of annual income.
- Facing insolvency — debts are greater than assets.
We only buy debt that has been pre-qualified by our partners to meet at least one of these three 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 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.