How ordinary citizens are wiping out millions of dollars in medical debt for others — and how you can, too

For many people who feel crushed under the weight of their medical bills, trips to the mailbox can be anxiety-inducing. A reminder of that you’re in a hole that feels impossible to get out of. A reminder that someone is still after you for money that you don’t have.

In the coming weeks, opening up the mailbox for some people might yield a welcome surprise instead: a yellow envelope with the words “RIP Medical Debt.”

At first, it might look like a scam, perhaps a scheme that might ultimately leave the recipient worse off than they started. But when they open the letter, they’ll learn that the words are, in fact, real. Their medical debt has been relieved — thanks to someone, somewhere who cared.

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