MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - More than 3,100 families in the River Region have had their medical debt forgiven thanks to a coalition of Montgomery faith communities and a New York-based charity.
First Christian Church on Taylor Road, Agudath Isreal Etz Ahayem Synagogue on Cloverdale Road, and Community Congregational United Church of Christ on South Court Street worked with RIP Medical Debt to clear the medical debts of low-income families.
Through an online campaign and interfaith benefit talent show, the faith coalition raised $23,600. RIP Medical Debt used those donations to purchase bundled medical debt portfolios and forgave over $3.4 million in debt.
In Montgomery County alone, the coalition was able to clear $1.7 million in debt, helping 1,974 recipients. The remaining funds targeted debts across the River Region and smaller pockets of debt across the state, touching 51 counties in total.
Recipients of this debt forgiveness started receiving notification letters this week, according to the coalition.
According to RIP Medical Debt, for every $1 raised, it can abolish $100 in medical debt on average. Debt relief is random and based on the debts available to be forgiven. It cannot be requested.