The Omaha Church helps pay millions in medical expenses through a unique partnership

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Millions of dollars worth of medical debt that instantly disappeared.

Whether you think of it as an early Christmas present or a late Valentine’s Day gesture, this act of kindness is likely to be memorable and is carried out by generous donors and an organization called RIP Medical Debt.

“You are just doing a great service,” said Greg Griffith, senior pastor of the King of Kings Church.

Griffith said he learned that other churches are working with the organization to pay overdue medical bills to impoverished communities across the country and he needs to be a part of it.

Here’s how it works. RIP Medical Debt contacts medical providers to buy overdue accounts before going for collections. They, in turn, work with churches and donors who make large financial contributions and forgive the remaining medical balance, effectively reducing that debt for the former patient.

The program is so successful because the money has stretched exponentially. For every $ 100 donation, $ 10,000 will be forgiven in medical debt.

Pastor Greg said his church recognizes that they are able to help others and believes the Bible calls them to do so, but the pandemic made it more difficult to find ways to fulfill their plan due to certain limitations.

His focus was on a tangible, physical way, the Church could change the lives of as many people as possible, and health care was the perfect opportunity.

“Health care is an issue. Medical debt is a problem and people are hospitalized completely unexpectedly because of this global pandemic. So we thought it would be a great way to say, “Let us help you.” ”

Your help came in the form of a $ 35,000 donation that RIP Medical Debt used to clear medical bills for 2,700 people, a total of $ 7.2 million in Nebraska, Iowa and part of Arizona.

“Especially as a parent, I can think of it as the moment you have the burden and concern for your family and child of paying a huge medical bill,” Griffith said. He also wants these contributions to give families a sense of peace and comfort.

Donations from the King of Kings Church’s 4,000 congregation will likely help people none of them will ever meet, but Griffith says that’s okay because it’s not about recognition or even a thank you.

“If someone did this for me as a complete stranger, it would just restore a little bit of a sense of how great humanity can be,” he said with a smile.

The King of Kings Church is already looking for ways to continue this partnership and find additional opportunities to help the Midwestern churches feel supported and loved through kind actions. Additionally, Griffith believes the impact would be immeasurable if all churches participated in these opportunities.

“We could cancel all medical debts, even student loan debts,” he said. “I hope and pray that other churches will look at this model and think about it.”

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