A Nebraska church has partnered with nonprofit RIP Medical Debt to forgive more than $7 million worth of debt for people in the state.
King of Kings Church in Ohama teamed up with RIP Medical Debt to buy up $7.2 million worth of debt and forgive it. RIP Medical Debt, founded in 2014, uses donations to purchase medical debt from hospitals and doctors practices before it is sold to a collections firm. The debt, which is sold at a discount, is then forgiven, freeing people from having to pay.
The organization can use $100 to buy and forgive $10,000 of medical debt.
"They are just doing a terrific ministry," King of Kings Church lead pastor Greg Griffith told local media.
Griffith said that he wanted to work with RIP Medical Debt after hearing about other churches doing so.
"Health care is an issue. Medical debt is an issue and people are going to the hospital totally unexpectedly because of this global pandemic and so we felt this would be a great way to say, 'Let us help you,'" he said.
King of Kings Church donated $35,000 to RIP Medical Debt, which then bought the debt of 2,7000 people.
"We could cancel all medical debt, even student loan debt," Griffith said. "I hope and pray other churches take a look at this model and consider it."