Church pays off nearly $2 million in medical debt for 900 Maryland families | 3/26/2019 | Staff
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A Maryland church has wiped out nearly $2 million in medical debt impacting about 900 individuals and families across 14 counties in the Old Line state thanks to a generous donation.

Letters were sent out on Monday to many across the state of Maryland telling them that their medical debts have been eliminated — some as large as $100,000 and some as small as $200.

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The best part of all, they were told that their debt was eliminated with no strings attached thanks to the “Churches of Annapolis.”

Around Christmastime, attendees of Revolution Annapolis, a medium-sized nondenominational church based in the state’s capital, began fundraising to help brothers and sisters in their local area escape from the clutches of medical debt.

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According to lead Pastor Kenny Camacho, they were inspired by a John Oliver piece on HBO and the success that a Texas church had last year when it raised enough funds to erase medical debt for over 4,000 families.

In January, the Revolution Annapolis made a $15,000 donation to RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that buys medical debt for pennies on the dollar through the collection system and forgives the debt in a way that those in debt incur no costs.

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While the initial goal was to eliminate the debt for people in Annapolis, the $15,000 was enough to eliminate all the medical debt for sale in Annapolis and 14 Maryland counties.

“Initially, they found about $50,000 or so in debt in Annapolis. So we asked them to start spreading the circle bigger … to make a bigger impact with the amount of money that we were able to raise,” Camacho told The Christian Post in a phone interview. “At the end, we were able to raise $15,000 and they were able to use that to buy just shy of $1.9 million in 14 counties spreading...
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