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For-Profit Medical Care Dominates South

For-Profit Medical Care Dominates South

Washington Post, in a review of the growth of non-profits in the US, notes that the southern states have the least non-profit health care systems, as statistic which coincides with areas of higher medical debt — and the “Diabetes Corridor.”

Andrew Van Dam writes, “The South’s lack of nonprofits largely reflects a lack of nonprofit medicine. Other types of nonprofits tend to be more equitably distributed. As readers Tim Carter in Seattle and Joe Bogucki in Newnan, Ga., pointed out when we looked into credit scores, the South’s surfeit of for-profit hospitals might be another reason that region has such high medical debt.”

Washington Post article includes an interactive map of featured graphic, which is ©2023 WashPo.  Read the article here:

The real reason America’s nonprofit sector is seeing massive growth, and more!

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Serious Medical Debt a Regional Problem

Serious Medical Debt a Regional Problem

Washington Post analyst Andrew Van Dam, in an article on regional debt scores, reports that serious medical debt is concentrated in the South and Appalachian regions.  This coincides with maps of lower credit scores — and also a lack of non-profit medical systems reported in another article on May 15.  The area generally matches the CDC’s “Diabetes Belt” as well.  Graphic ©WashPo.

Read the article (scroll down to find section one medical debt):

Why the South has such low credit scores

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CNN Features Debt Jubilee!

CNN Features Debt Jubilee!

Debt Jubilee Project was on the front page of CNN on 4/26, and the story continues to circulate! We had so much traffic later that day our serve crashed. We have had many churches around the country contact us to learn how they can do something similar, and many local partners that are helping with our next campaign. You can read the article here:

A church is canceling people’s medical debt for pennies on the dollar. It wants others to join in

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Jubilee Goes Viral!!!!!!

Jubilee Goes Viral!!!!!!

Yes, the Debt Jubilee Project went viral on April 12-13 – no kidding!  We were viral on Twitter, TikTok, and Reddit, where the story from WXII-12  was posted and reposted.

TikTok – 13.5 Million views

Twitter – 28.8 Million views

Reddit – Top Favorites page on 4/12, 3,300 comments.

As a result, we were mentioned on the syndicated radio programs the Bobby Bones Show and the Glenn Beck Show.

Listen to Glenn Beck Show – begins at 13:40

Listen to Bobby Bones Show – begins at 50:30

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Medical Debts Burning!

Medical Debts Burning!

On Sunday, March 26, we will symbolically burn a list of $3.3 million in medical debts for families in Davidson, Davie, and Yadkin counties.  The Debt Jubilee Project has bid and purchased the medical debts of 3,355 area families so that we could forgive the debt.

During the 11 am service, we will have a ceremony where we burn the listings of the purchased debts, which have already been wiped clean.  Families have received official letters in the mail indicating that their owed medical debt has been forgiven, and can no longer be collected.  The service is open to all, as we celebrate this radical act of God’s Jubilee.

The idea is based on the Biblical Year of Jubilee, described in Leviticus 25, where all debts are forgiven and slaves are freed.  We believe that our society needs Jubilee, and we are doing what we can to make it happen.

11:00 am
March 26, 2023
Trinity Moravian Church
220 East Sprague Street
Winston-Salem NC 27127

 

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Banks & Hospitals Cash in on Medical Debt

Banks & Hospitals Cash in on Medical Debt

Kaiser Health News reports that many hospitals are now working hand-in-hand with private financing to make it “easy” to pay for medical services — at a high interest rate and large profit.

READ THE STORY ONLINE

 

 

 

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