About 70 Nebraskans will begin receiving letters relieving them of their medical debt starting immediately
OREM, Utah, October 26, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nomi Health, the direct healthcare company rewiring how healthcare is paid for and delivered, is alerting Nebraska residents to check the mail for a yellow envelope coming directly from RIP Medical Debt via U.S. Postal mail. The effort is the result of a $2 million donation from Nomi Health, to abolish more than $225 million in medical debt. This is RIP Medical Debt's largest corporate contribution to date.
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Beginning today, nearly 70 Nebraskans selected by RIP Medical Debt will receive letters absolving them from their medical debt loads. Individuals who meet RIP’s criteria of living at two times or below the poverty line, or those whose debts are 5 percent or more of their annual income, receive relief from the 8-year-old organization.
Currently, the top five Nebraska counties with residents receiving relief are:
Douglas County = 15 residents will receive relief, totaling nearly $24,000 of medical debt
Hall County = 4 residents will receive relief, totaling nearly $8,000 of medical debt
Madison County = 3 residents will receive relief, totaling more than $6,000 of medical debt
Lancaster County = 5 residents will receive relief, totaling nearly $4,500 of medical debt
Platte County = 1 resident will receive relief, totaling more than $3,300 of medical debt
In total, Nomi Health’s donation will wipe out about $75,000 for about 70 Nebraskans. The amount represents RIP’s entire portfolio for the state.
"In communities large and small, far too many Americans are weighed down by the burden of medical debt," said Mark Newman, founder and CEO of Nomi Health. "In tandem with our community COVID-19 testing sites across Nebraska, Nomi Health is proud to partner with RIP Medical Debt to provide debt relief to dozens of Nebraskans and their families."
In addition to Nebraska, this record-breaking donation relieves more than 176,000 Americans across Florida, Colorado and Utah of their medical debt. The money owed had accumulated from surprise billing and high healthcare costs before the pandemic—and for some has led to wage garnishment, liens, and other burdensome debt collection tactics.
Today, nearly one fifth of all Americans struggle to afford healthcare services, according to a recent Gallup study. Additionally, recent JAMA research found that unpaid medical bills are the largest source of debt with collection agencies for Americans.
About Nomi Health
Nomi Health is a direct healthcare company focused on making healthcare actually work for those who buy it for their states, organizations and constituents. We’re a team of over 2,000--each actively working to connect buyers and healthcare providers directly to lower costs, deliver care solutions to all and rewire the health system to run in real time. From the front lines of COVID testing and vaccination serving over 10 million Americans and more than 40,000 patients each day, to building new ecosystems of buyers such as States and Counties without middlemen, Nomi Health delivers a solution for our nation’s leaders seeking to widen access to care while lowering cost of care. Visit us @NomiHealth and www.nomihealth.com.
About RIP Medical Debt
Since being founded in 2014 by two former debt collectors, RIP Medical Debt has acquired — and abolished — more than $5 billion of burdensome medical debt, helping over 2.8 million families and addressing a major social determinant of health. RIP partners with individuals, faith-based organizations, foundations, and corporations and empowers donors by converting every dollar contributed into $100 of medical debt relief. RIP partners with hospitals and health systems and physician groups to acquire medical debt for abolishment. RIP rose to national prominence on an episode of HBO’s "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver in which RIP facilitated the abolishment of $15M in medical debt. In December of 2020, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $50 million to RIP to help uplift struggling communities. To learn more, visit www.RIPMedicalDebt.org
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