Ohio county pledges $800K for medical debt relief in proposed deal with Toledo

The Lucas County (Ohio) commissioners are seeking to partner with the city of Toledo and RIP Medical Debt and are willing to commit $800,000 to relieve medical debt, the Toledo Blade reported Nov. 1. 

Toledo City Council member Michele Grim introduced an ordinance in September that would use $1.4 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to partner with RIP Medical Debt, which could wipe out between $180 million to $200 million in medical debt. That proposal has stalled as the council continues to study it, according to the report. 

The potential partnership between the county and city would reduce the city's proposed commitment to $800,000, and the combined funds could relieve between $190 million and $240 million, according to the report. Both the City Council members and county commissioners still need to vote on their respective ends of the deal.

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