Church helps wipe out nearly $2 million in Kentucky medical debt

Legislation intended to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors would require doctors and medical facilities to provide timely and clear bills for clients. (Source: MGN)
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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKYT/WXIX) - If you have an account with RIP Medical Debt you might want to keep an eye on your mailbox.

Letters went out early this month to about 45,000 households with the message of "debt-free."

Crossroads Churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana raised enough money to pay off more than $45 million worth of medical debt through their partnership with RIP Medical Debt.

RIP Medical Debt's says every $100 donated wipes out $10,000 in medical debt.

Almost $2 million went to people right here in the Lexington area who needed help.

The effort also helped eliminate $1.5 million for Tennessee households, $200,000 for Indiana households, and a whopping $42.8 million for households in Ohio.

"That's part of what Jesus called us to do is to be a light into the world, so we're able to impact the world without them even walking into the doors and we just hope people know that we care about our community," said Crossroads Lexington Pastor Bryan Carter.

Each Crossroads Church location invited members who were already giving to the church to go online and give to those in the rest of the community.

The money was raised in just about 24 hours.

Crossroads Church leaders said those whose debt has been retired are currently being notified by mail. The notices are enclosed in bright yellow envelopes.

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