Nurses Union Helps Wipe Out Medical Debt

Nurses who normally spend their time taking care of patients in the hospital came together to help those in need after they’ve been discharged.

Members of the Michigan Nurses Association have donated funds—in part using their union dues—to cancel almost $9 million in medical debt.

That covers more than 9,000 people across 40 counties in Northern Michigan.

The MNA made the announcement at a candlelight event in Traverse City Thursday night.

The gift covers more than $8.9 million worth of medical debt for over 9,200 individuals and families across 40 counties in northern Michigan.

Locally, the donation will wipe out more than $2.5 million in debt for six counties in the Grand Traverse region, including Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee, and Wexford.

A separate non-profit group called RIP Medical Debt has helped determine which patients have been facing the most severe financial hardships and are most in need.

Patients whose debt is forgiven will receive a letter within the next couple of weeks.

MNA says RIP Medical Debt is a New York-based organization which uses charitable donations to purchase and cancel medical debts for individuals and families facing financial challenges.

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