ADA, Oklahoma (KFOR) – An Oklahoma church bought and canceled millions of dollars in medical debt owed by Oklahoma residents.
Recently, Ada First United Methodist Church partnered with RIP Medical Debt to purchase and write off $ 3.8 million in medical debt.
The debt was owed by 1,327 residents of Coal, Garvin, Hughes, Pontotoc and Seminole counties.
“The global pandemic has certainly forced us to adjust our original target,” Senior Pastor Brian Matthews said. “But even with this adjustment, we were able to forgive over a million dollars more than we hoped for. Thanks to RIP’s expertise, we were able to write off approximately $ 380 in medical debt for every $ 1 donated.
Medical debt is the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States, especially in the midst of the global pandemic.
“Medical debt does not discriminate. Anyone can get sick or be involved in a serious accident. I hope our church and other community members can revisit this mission in the future, especially when it offers such tangible benefits to our neighbors, ”said Krystina Phillips, who coordinated the mission for Ada FUMC.
Organizers say they have targeted households that are below double the federal poverty line, insolvent or in difficulty.
People whose medical debt has been canceled will receive notification in RIP’s yellow branded envelopes in the coming weeks.