City Church paying off medical debt


>>>YOU’VE HEARD OF A GOLDEN TICKET, RIGHT?>>RIGHT.>>SOME LUCKY RESIDENTS IN MONROE COUNTY RECEIVED A YELLOW ENVELOPE THAT MAY BE JUST AS VALUABLE.>>A GREAT STORY TONIGHT. KEVIN RADER SHOWS US THAT THE CITY CHURCH IN BLOOMINGTON IS SENDING OUT A LETTER TO TELL THE LUCKY RECIPIENTS THAT THE CONGREGATION IS PAYING OFF THEIR MEDICAL DEBT.>>Reporter: SOMEONE’S LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE HERE IN MONROE COUNTY, AND IT ALL STARTS RIGHT HERE. THE MAILBOX. BUT THEY OPEN IT UP AND SEE AN YELLOW ENVELOPE INSIDE. IT STARTED ON A RECENT SUNDAY IN.>>BLOOMINGTON.>>WITH OUR PARTNERH BLOOMINGTON.>>WITH OUR PARTNERE BLOOMINGTON.>>WITH OUR PARTNERH BLOOMINGTON.>>WITH OUR PARTNERV BLOOMINGTON.>>WITH OUR PARTNERE ELIMINATED OVER $2.2 MILLION OF MEDICAL DEBT IN BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA. MONROE COUNTY. ISN’T THAT AWESOME?>>PEOPLE ARE OVERJOYED. THEY WERE REALLY EXCITED.>>THE LETTER WILL SAY ON BEHALF OF THE DONATIONS OF CITY CHURCH, YOUR MEDICAL DEBT HAS BEEN RELIEVED. I LOVE THAT.>>Reporter: ALL PART OF A PARTNERSHIP THAT THE CHURCH PUTS UP THE AMOUNT LESS THAN $2.2 MILLION IN DEBT, ALONG WITH R-I-P MEDICAL DEBT RELIEF.>>PETHEY WANT IT OFF THE BOOKS. PEOPLE CAN’T PAY IT. IT LEVERAGES THE BAD SITUATION INTO A GOOD SITUATION.>>MY HOPE IS FIRST THAT IT’S EASY ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND, RIGHT, AND THAT THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE VERY CLEAR SO THAT IT LOOKS LEGITIMATE.>>Reporter: AROUND 17% OF RESIDENTS HAVE DEBT IN COLLECTION. THAT DEBT AVERAGES $970.>>THIS IS WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY REALLY WHAT A COMMUNITY SHOULD BE. CARING FOR EACH OTHER. HELPING EACH OTHER.>>WE DON’T KNOW WHO GOT THIS. WE DON’T KNOW WHO RECEIVED OUR GIFT. WE DON’T KNOW WHO WAS CHOSEN. THEY WERE CHOSEN BASED ON THEIR FINANCIAL STATUS AND WHERE THEY ARE AT. I JUST FELT LIKE, HEY, MAN, LET’S BLESS SOMEONE THAT NEEDS TO BE BLESSED.>>HE PULLED THE TRIGGER, BUT IT’S EVERYONE ELSE IN THE CHURCH THAT MADE IT HAPPEN.>>COME ON, YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. WE’RE A CHURCH THAT GIVES BACK. [ APPLAUSE ] A CHURCH THAT HELPS OTHERS IN NEED.>>IN BLOOMINGTON, CHANNEL 13.>>IN CARMEL, THEY PARTNERED WITH A GROUP CALLED R-I-P MEDICAL DEBT.>>THEY WERE ABLE TO PAY OFF $7.8 MILLION FOR NEARLY 6,000 FAMILIES ACROSS 10 DIFFERENT

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