RIP Medical Debt
As blessed people of God, we are concerned with the welfare of our fellow citizens. To that end, we are going to challenge ourselves to raise at least $10,000 during the Lenten season to abolish $1,000,000 of medical debt for those needy persons among us.
In the past forty years, medical costs have doubled, insurance co-pays and deductibles have spiked, and bankruptcy rates have quadrupled.
More than 60% of bankruptcies in America have medical debt as a root cause.
Most Texans have worked hard and saved responsibly in order to be financially independent, but few have the savings to cover an unexpected $1,000 medical expense. Even after insurance payouts, many are left with unaffordable monthly payments and savings that quickly run dry. Texans who normally would never dream of ignoring a bill are forced to choose between providing for their family and carving deep into their utility and food budget to pay off a debt incurred through no fault of their own. Without help, some will never escape debt.
RIP Medical Debt is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that locates, buys, and forgives medical debt. We empower donors to relieve oppressive medical debt in their community, for individuals who are below twice the federal poverty line, have debts greater than their assets, or have debts greater than 5% of their annual income.
Please consider making a sacrificial offering this Lenten season to UMC Preston Hollow, earmarked for relieving Medical Debt. As Jesus sacrificed his life for you and me, we who are blessed, we who are blessed have the opportunity to make a difference to those in need.