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Forum: Loving Your Neighbors through Medical Debt Relief

April 21 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Co-sponsored by St. Margaret’s Racial Justice Task Force and Faith in Action Committee

One in three adults in the US have medical debt. It spurs individual bankruptcies and stops people from seeking necessary health care. Black, Indigenous and People of Color are more likely to be saddled with medical debt. In DC, Black residents are 300 percent more likely than white residents to be burdened by medical debt. The racial justice and health equity implications of medical debt are significant and alarming.

Join us for our forum, when we will hear from experts about the policy, legal and personal implications of medical debt and how we at St. Margaret’s can take swift action to lift this burden from our neighbors most in need in DC and neighboring counties. The discussion will feature Eva Stahl, VP for Public Policy & Program Management at RIP Medical Debt, the nonprofit that has abolished $10.4 billion of US medical debt; and representatives from Tzedek DC, a legal aid agency that helps DC residents with legal problems arising from debt and Temple Sinai of Washington DC, which recently concluded a successful medical debt relief campaign. Our Rector, Richard M. Weinberg, will reflect on how medical debt relief is theologically grounded and aligned with St. M’s racial justice values.

The forum will kick off St. M’s campaign to raise at least $10,000, eliminating $1 million or more in medical debt in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, by leveraging RIP Medical Debt’s process of buying bundled medical debt at a deep discount. We hope you will join this worthy effort to show focused and tangible love for our neighbors by lifting the financial burdens of disproportionate medical debt on their journey to improved health and wellbeing!

Join in the Nave or online via Zoom.

Zoom Link

Zoom Meeting ID: 935 9524 6192

Passcode: 596538


April 21
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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