Maryland Church Takes Care Of Medical Debt Of Over 900 Families In $1.9 Million Act Of Kindness
A church in Maryland just cleared the medical debts of more than 900 families across fourteen different counties in a no-strings-attached act of kindness worth nearly $2 million.
Revolution Annapolis, a 170-member nondenominational church, sent out anonymous letters to the lucky families earlier this week letting them know that their medical debts have been taken care of. The church took care of debts as little as $200, all the way up to $100,000 as part of the incredible scheme.
Back in December, Revolution raised $15,000 in a major fundraising drive to fund the project. Later on, they teamed up with the non-profit RIP Medical Debt to help pay $1,893,288.73 worth of medical bills in central and eastern Maryland.
“Forgiving medical debt is not part of a strategy to get people to attend or give to local churches,” said Kenny Camacho, the church’s pastor. “We know that there are strings attached to almost everything we do these days: everything you buy, everything you search for online, becomes part of the next advertisement you see. Revolution wants to resist the idea that the church is just another business: the church should exist so that people can have hope, period.”
Camacho went on to say that the congregation was inspired by a segment of John Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” which recently exposed how easy it was to buy and sell large amounts of medical debt for comparatively small amounts of money. Oliver’s show bought $14.9 million of medical debt for $60,000, before forgiving the debts, helping 9,000 families.
“We think this is a practical and tangible way that we can help people — regardless of whether they are part of a church or not — experience forgiveness that impacts their lives in a meaningful way,” Camacho said. “We hope that is kind of the taste of the larger message that we would like to communicate to people about what it means to have debt forgiven.”
Camacho concluded by saying that he is hoping to see organizations working directly with hospitals to settle outstanding amounts and tackle the issue medical debt “at its source.”
“We are open to doing something similar in years to come although it will take time. We will have to spread that circle a lot larger or it will take time to accumulate more debt for sale in our area,” he said. “We are not giving up.”