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Monday, August 19, 2019

US Churches Cover Millions in Medical Debt

How US Churches Cover Millions in Medical Debt
How US Churches Cover Millions in Medical Debt
A nonprofit helps even modestly sized congregations take on their neighbors’ unpaid bills.
Maria Baer
Americans shoulder a lot of debt. When it comes to past-due medical bills, the country collectively owes at least $81 billion, according to a 2018 Health Affairs study. One in six has a credit report tarnished by debt owed to someone who probably wears a white coat to work (or to that someone’s boss).
But there’s a new trend among American churches that’s taking aim at the mess. Over the past two years, more than a dozen congregations have partnered with a debt forgiveness organization ...
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