A Call to End Medical Debt

A Call to End Medical Debt

Medical debt belongs at the center of every conversation about healthcare. Member of Congress need to prepare themselves now to address this one aspect of our broken healthcare system that affects everyone in their constituency — the horrible economic and emotional damage from unpaid and unpayable medical bills.

Legislators are wise to be aware of these six facts:

  1. Millions of responsible Americans annually exhaust their life savings to pay doctor, hospital and pharmacy bills, including “surprise medical bills” they thought their health insurance would cover.
  2. Medical debt contributes to more than 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies.
  3. Medical debt destroys the financial stability of large segments of America’s most vulnerable communities in every state — the sick, the elderly and the poor.
  4. Medical debt particularly impacts the middle class, driving into poverty many families who already are barely getting by (most families are $400 away from financial hardship).
  5. Fully one-third of all Go-Fund-Me campaigns are pleas for help in meeting medical bills.
  6. Our veterans are not safe from healthcare related bills, collectively shouldering more than $6 billion in “emergent” (ambulance and emergency room) medical debt.

While medical debt may be understood individually, our elected officials fail to understand this scourge collectively. Few are looking at evidence-based information sources that would better prepare them to sponsor helpful and effective legislation.

Our premise: Americans and their policymakers cannot have a fruitful healthcare discussion that does not address medical debt as an essential component of any proposed solution!

This is why RIP Medical Debt, a 501(C)(3) charity, is inviting every member of the House and Senate to a special evening we are hosting in Washington, DC, this coming Tuesday, May 21, at the Capitol Visitors Center. Invitations to A Call to End Medical Debtwere delivered directly to their offices this past week tucked inside the new book, End Medical Debt: Curing America’s $1 Trillion Unpayable Healthcare Debt, co-authored by the three founders of RIP Medical Debt, which has purchased and forgiven more than $700 million in medical debt in all 50 states.

The May 21 event will introduce our lawmakers to prominent physicians, healthcare experts, financial industry executives, community healthcare advocates, military veterans, government agencies, and NGOs who want to share their views and stories.

We believe that the better our congress is educated, the better will be the outcome of proposed healthcare legislation that can end the devastation of unpayable medical debt.

This is why RIP Medical Debt, a 501(C)(3) charity, is inviting every member of the House and Senate to a special evening we are hosting in Washington, DC, this coming Tuesday, May 21, at the Capitol Visitors Center. Invitations to A Call to End Medical Debtwere delivered directly to their offices this past week tucked inside the new book, End Medical Debt: Curing America’s $1 Trillion Unpayable Healthcare Debt, co-authored by the three founders of RIP Medical Debt, which has purchased and forgiven more than $700 million in medical debt across all 50 states.

We will deem the event successful if people leave the room with one well-informed purpose in mind: End medical debt. For good.

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