RIP in the News
MNA Sparrow Hospital members lead the way, call for hospital reforms
LANSING MI, November 9, 2017 — Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) members have cleared more than $1 million in medical debt for more than 500 Michigan families in the first such project of its kind in Michigan. This debt relief effort, led by MNA members at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, supports nurses’ call for hospital reforms to ease the burden of excessive medical bills, which is the No. 1 cause of personal bankruptcy.
MNA members (from left) Eva Lund, RN, […]
Better will donate all future revenues to RIP Medical Debt until they accumulate enough money to go HBO star John Oliver one better in medical debt forgiveness.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2017 — Better, the healthtech startup that helps people get money back from their health insurance, announced today that it intends to beat John Oliver’s highly-public gift last summer of donating to RIP Medical Debt almost $15 million in unpaid medical debt for about 9,000 families in Texas.
Better promises to up the ante by forgiving one million dollars more in medical than Oliver, […]
As Congress works on new health care law that may increase Americans’ medical bills, researchers begin studying the economic impact of forgiving medical debt.
NEW YORK, June 22, 2017 — University researchers and others planning the nation’s first economic impact study of medical debt forgiveness met today in New York for an historic “mini-summit,” coincidentally held the same day as GOP senators in Washington unveiled a new health care bill.
“The pending changes in national health care policy may vastly increase medical debt in America,” said Jerry Ashton, cofounder and Executive VP of RIP Medical Debt, a New York-based charity that locates, buys and forgives […]
SAINT PAUL: June 19, 2017 — RIP Medical Debt and the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced forgiveness of $2.6 million in medical debt. Minnesota Nurses chose to abolish local medical debt as a gesture of thanks for community support of nurses in a four-week strike, which began a year ago today.
MNA President Mary Turner (l) and Executive Director Rose Roach cut in half RIP Medical Debt purchase contract for $2.6 million in debt.
At a press conference this morning, Minnesota Nurses marked the occasion by cutting in half a blowup of the debt-buying […]
PENSACOLA, FL — When high school student Samir Boussarhane watched Last Week Tonight as John Oliver triumphantly donate a $15 million medical debt portfolio to RIP Medical Debt, so the debt could be forgiven, Samir knew he had to do something locally to make that kind of impact.
He approached Joshua Williams and Falen McClellan, two fellow 16-year-old students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Pensacola High School. The IB program requires a Community Development Project (CDP) with Creative, Action and Service (CAS) elements. The three decided to fulfill their duty by duplicating — if modestly — John Oliver’s […]
Independent Patient Advocate.
HOUSTON — As an independent patient advocate, I field phone calls and emails from upset, frustrated people who don’t understand their high medical bills that include incomprehensible explanations for the care they received. I deal mainly with people here in the Houston area and I network with my patient advocate colleagues around the country—and all of us have been grappling with a dysfunctional system that doesn’t seem to work very well for patients or doctors.
We needed something to connect these dots into a bigger picture—and […]
NEW YORK — A June 5 segment of the HBO hit comedy series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, featured the RIP Medical Debt charity forgiving nearly $15 million worth of donated medical debt for around 9,000 people — a new giveaway record for American television. John Oliver brought attention to debt industry abuses and the specific issue of unpaid medical debt.
John Oliver reported that American households collectively owe more than $12 trillion in debt, with $436 billion at […]
The Patient, The Doctor
and The Bill Collector
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 bare the […]
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 an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people’s debts.
When Paola Gonzalez received a phone call from RIP Medical Debt, she was certain what she heard was a mistake. […]