Thank you for your interest in abolishing medical debt for you fellow Louisianans! Please learn more about RIP Medical Debt through the information available on this page. To get involved, you can make a donation or register to become a fundraiser and raise donations through your friends, community, and neighbors using the buttons above or at the bottom of the page (there is no fee to register as a fundraiser).
Abolish Louisiana Medical Debt
The Problem: In the past forty years, medical costs have doubled, insurance copays and deductibles have spiked, and bankruptcy rates have quadrupled creating an avalanche of destructive medical debt.
More than 60% of bankruptcies in America have medical debt as a root cause, and the situation is especially dire in Louisiana.
According to the US Judiciary Data and Analysis Office, Louisiana has one of the highest bankruptcy rates in the country.
Louisiana is like no other state, and no one born outside it can ever fully understand its mix of French, Southern, Creole, Cajun, Spanish, Haitian, and American culture. That might be why Louisianans have such a sense of community pride and neighborly love, seen everywhere from Mardis Gras to crawfish boils. Louisianans often come together to take care of someone who gets sick, but when one hospital trip can cost tens-of-thousands of dollars, the community can only do so much. The strongest communities can be devastated by the medical debt crisis. Medical debt drains money from local towns to out-of-state debt collectors, and families go bankrupt trying to pay for their loved ones medical bills.
RIP’s Solution: RIP Medical Debt uses your donations to purchase bundled medical debt portfolios on the secondary debt market, and then forgives that debt at pennies on the dollar.
On average, $1 is leveraged to abolish $100 in medical debt, and every donation through this page will be spent directly on abolishing medical debt in Louisiana.
When debt relief recipients open the yellow envelope from RIP, they are told that their debt has been bought by a third party and erased with no strings attached. They owe nothing on the debt and face no tax penalty. A recent beneficiary wrote to us, saying:
"I read my letter over a few times to make sure it was the real thing. Receiving this debt relief renewed my faith that I can get back on track. It jump-started it – that we can do this – I can get back in the game! It's unheard of what RIP does, and it's a game changer in the medical world. It's a game changer for me.”
— Reagan, RIP Medical Debt Recipient of Debt Relief
Join the movement to abolish $1 billion in medical debt by 2020: Every dollar you contribute is a $100 investment in Louisianan towns and cities. Money will stay in the community instead of being taken by out-of-state debt collectors. On average, $32.87 can abolish the medical debt of an entire family, allowing them to invest in a home, schooling, or retirement.
Who We Are: 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.
RIP Medical Debt is unique in its expertise but needs continued support from generous donors. Compassion drives the work of RIP Medical Debt and every dollar is highly leveraged with a ROI of 100:1. Let’s abolish medical debt in Louisiana together. For good.
More than $100 billion in unpaid medical debt every year adversely impacts debtor patients, physicians, and hospitals.
6 in 10 of both insured and uninsured people say they have difficulty in paying other bills as a result of medical debt. Over a third were unable to pay for food, heat, or housing because of medical bills.
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults under age 65, or 116 million people, had medical bill problems or debt, went without needed care because of cost, were uninsured for a time, or were underinsured—insured but had high out-of-pocket medical expenses or deductibles relative to income.
Medical debt contributes to more than 60% of the bankruptcies in the US. Until satisfied, debt lingers on a person’s credit report to negatively impact their ability to buy a home, get a loan, or even gain employment.
Whose unpayable medical bills does RIP forgive?
Individuals who make less than twice the federal poverty level
Individuals with financial hardship - a debt that is 5% or more of their annual income
Individuals who are insolvent (have debts greater than their assets)
Why donate to RIP Medical Debt?
Your dollar goes a long way! On average, $1 abolishes $100 of debt.
100 percent of your donation through this form goes towards abolishing medical debt in Louisiana.
RIP Medical Debt is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and our EIN number is 47-1442997. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
There are no tax consequences for those whose medical debts are forgiven. The forgiveness is a gift from a detached and disinterested third party (RIP Medical Debt), so forgiveness of the debt does not count as income for the gift recipient.
RIP Medical Debt's Federal Tax ID: 47-1442997
You can donate or register to fundraise using the buttons below!