Toledo Takes on Medical Debt

City passes plan that could help as many as 41,000 residents facing collections

Andy Spears

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Should a family go into debt — or even be forced to declare bankruptcy — just because someone got sick?

The reality of medical debt can be devastating — crushing family budgets and adding stress that takes an emotional and physical toll.

The City of Toledo recently took action that could help alleviate the pain of medical debt for as many as 41,000 area residents.

The Toledo Blade notes:

Toledo City Council voted Wednesday 7–5 to approve $800,000 in ARPA funds for the program with RIP Medical Debt, creators of the charity that buys bad debt from hospitals and discharges the liability.

At least 41,000 people carry medical debt in Lucas County. They are targets of collection efforts. Without the help supplied by RIP Medical Debt, their options are to slow pay or not pay at all, further damaging their ability get credit in the future.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .