Imagine walking out to your mailbox this week and finding a yellow envelope with a logo on it that says RIP Medical Debt, a subject you know a lot about as you have been fighting to deal with it for months or even years. You open the envelope and inside is a letter telling you that your medical debt has been abolished by the organization whose logo is on the envelope. Is this real? For hundreds of Finger Lakes area residents, and several hundred more New York State residents, this could become reality very soon.
Carolyn Kenyon and Judy Jones are two local activists fighting to educate the public and convince elected officials to pass the New York Health Act, legislation that would create a single-payer health care system in New York. Currently, the bill has already passed the New York State Assembly but is just a few votes shy of passing in the state senate. While looking for ways to raise awareness about health care needs in the area, Jones and Kenyon stumbled upon RIP Medical Debt, a 501(c)(3) charity that buys up medical debt portfolios, for pennies on the dollar, just to abolish it. According to the RIP Medical Debt website, “$100 can forgive $10,000 in debt.”