Church clears medical debt for 2,900 families

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The United Church of Christ has eliminated $3.9 million in medical debt for 2,900 families in Arkansas and Tennessee, the Tennessean reported Jan. 11.

The cancellation was made possible by a $30,000 donation raised by local churches, which went to RIP Medical Debt. The New York City-based company purchases medical debt at discounted rates on the debt collection market.

The church told WREG that the average amount of debt forgiven was more than $1,300.

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