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‘Healthtech Startup ‘Better’ Aims to Outdo John Oliver by Forgiving $16 Million in Medical Debt

Better will donate all future revenues to RIP Medical Debt until they accumulate enough money to go HBO star John Oliver one better in medical debt forgiveness.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2017 — Better, the healthtech startup that helps people get money back from their health insurance, announced today that it intends to beat John Oliver’s highly-public gift last summer of donating to RIP Medical Debt almost $15 million in unpaid medical debt for about 9,000 families in Texas.

Better promises to up the ante by forgiving one million dollars more in medical than Oliver, […]

June 28th, 2017|Comments Off on ‘Healthtech Startup ‘Better’ Aims to Outdo John Oliver by Forgiving $16 Million in Medical Debt

University Researchers Launch Economic Impact Study of Medical Debt Forgiveness

As Congress works on new health care law that may increase Americans’ medical bills, researchers begin studying the economic impact of forgiving medical debt.

 

NEW YORK, June 22, 2017 — University researchers and others planning the nation’s first economic impact study of medical debt forgiveness met today in New York  for an historic “mini-summit,” coincidentally held the same day as GOP senators in Washington unveiled a new health care bill.

“The pending changes in national health care policy may vastly increase medical debt in America,” said Jerry Ashton, cofounder and Executive VP of RIP Medical Debt, a New York-based charity that locates, buys and forgives […]

June 27th, 2017|Comments Off on University Researchers Launch Economic Impact Study of Medical Debt Forgiveness

RIP helps Minnesota Nurses to Buy and Forgive $2.6 million in Medical Debt

SAINT PAUL: June 19, 2017 — RIP Medical Debt and the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced forgiveness of $2.6 million in medical debt. Minnesota Nurses chose to abolish local medical debt  as a gesture of thanks for community support of nurses in a four-week strike, which began a year ago today.

rip medial debt Minnesota MNA President Mary Turner (l) and Executive Director Rose Roach cut in half RIP Medical Debt purchase contract for $2.6 million in debt.

At a press conference this morning, Minnesota Nurses marked the occasion by cutting in half a blowup of the debt-buying […]

June 19th, 2017|Comments Off on RIP helps Minnesota Nurses to Buy and Forgive $2.6 million in Medical Debt

Pensacola High School ‘Debt Sharks’ Taking a Big Bite Out of Local Unpaid Medical Debt

PENSACOLA, FL — When high school student Samir Boussarhane watched Last Week Tonight as John Oliver triumphantly donate a $15 million medical debt portfolio to RIP Medical Debt, so the debt could be forgiven, Samir knew he had to do something locally to make that kind of impact.

He approached Joshua Williams and Falen McClellan, two fellow 16-year-old students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Pensacola High School. The IB program requires a Community Development Project (CDP) with Creative, Action and Service (CAS) elements. The three decided to fulfill their duty by duplicating — if modestly — John Oliver’s […]

February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Pensacola High School ‘Debt Sharks’ Taking a Big Bite Out of Local Unpaid Medical Debt

Health Advocacy reviews Ashton and Goff book: The Patient, The Doctor and The Bill Collector.

Houston Health Advocacy

Bonnie Sheeren,
Independent Patient Advocate.

HOUSTON — As an independent patient advocate, I field phone calls and emails from upset, frustrated people who don’t understand their high medical bills that include incomprehensible explanations for the care they received. I deal mainly with people here in the Houston area and I network with my patient advocate colleagues around the country—and all of us have been grappling with a dysfunctional system that doesn’t seem to work very well for patients or doctors.

We needed something to connect these dots into a bigger picture—and […]

July 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Health Advocacy reviews Ashton and Goff book: The Patient, The Doctor and The Bill Collector.

John Oliver on HBO uses RIP to Forgive nearly $15M in Medical Debt for 9,000 Americans.

A short clip of RIP Medical Debt on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

john oliver RIP forgives $15 million medical debt

NEW YORK — A June 5 segment of the HBO hit comedy series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, featured the RIP Medical Debt charity forgiving nearly $15 million worth of donated medical debt for around 9,000 people — a new giveaway record for American television. John Oliver brought attention to debt industry abuses and the specific issue of unpaid medical debt.

John Oliver reported that American households collectively owe more than $12 trillion in debt, with $436 billion at […]

June 6th, 2016|Comments Off on John Oliver on HBO uses RIP to Forgive nearly $15M in Medical Debt for 9,000 Americans.

Publishing Announcement

The Patient, The Doctor
and The Bill Collector

NEW YORK — RIP Co-Founder Jerry Ashton and Board member Robert Goff have co-authored a medical debt survival guide, a timely critique that only “insiders with an edge” could have put together.

Is the book needed? Almost 43 million Americans have unpaid debt today. Medical debt is cited in more than 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies. One in 10 of the 12.5 million non-elderly veterans report having neither health insurance nor Veterans Affairs’ health care.

The Patient, The Doctor and the Bill Collector. A Medical Debt Survival Guide (PDBC) cuts cleanly through the Gordian Knot of industry rules and shortcomings, laying bare the […]

November 9th, 2015|1 Comment

Former Debt Collectors Decided to Ditch the Industry, Buy Up Medical Debt, and Forgive It

CBS New York

Seen At 11: A Phone Call From Collectors That Can Actually Get You OUT Of Debt. As CBS2 Found Out, What RIP Medical Debt Offers Is Too Good And Very True.

Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people’s debts. 

Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico

When Paola Gonzalez received a phone call from RIP Medical Debt, she was certain what she heard was a mistake. […]

September 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Former Debt Collectors Decided to Ditch the Industry, Buy Up Medical Debt, and Forgive It

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