Churches Help Wipe Out $26.2 Million in Medical Debt

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More than 100 United Church of Christ congregations across southern New England have helped raise enough money to erase a total of $26.2 million in medical debt for thousands of families across the Northeast and more than 12,000 first responders and medical workers nationwide.

The churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, along with four church associations, and more than 100 households raised more than $200,000, the denomination announced Sunday.

That money went to the New-York based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt, which bought debt in August from collection agencies for pennies on the dollar. That debt will now be forgiven.

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