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Governor canceling $2B in medical debt for up to 1M Arizonans

Governor canceling $2B in medical debt for up to 1M Arizonans

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) announced a program on Monday that will cancel $2 billion in medical debt for Arizonans. “Today, I am so proud to announce that we are taking steps to retire medical debt for up to an estimated 1 million Arizonans,” Hobbs said at a press conference Monday. “That’s a fresh start, […]

Former Alabama gov, nonprofit partner to abolish medical debt in Black Belt region

Former Alabama gov, nonprofit partner to abolish medical debt in Black Belt region

The medical debt nonprofit RIP Medical Debt will be abolishing medical debt for thousands in Alabama’s Black Belt region thanks to a partnership made possible by former Gov. Don Siegelman (D). The partnership will relieve a total of $4,193,799.11 for 5,411 residents in Alabama, according to Siegelman. This debt was bought out by RIP Medical […]

Former Alabama gov, nonprofit partner to abolish medical debt in Black Belt region

Former Alabama gov, nonprofit partner to abolish medical debt in Black Belt region

The medical debt nonprofit RIP Medical Debt will be abolishing medical debt for thousands in Alabama’s Black Belt region thanks to a partnership made possible by former Gov. Don Siegelman (D). The partnership will relieve a total of $4,193,799.11 for 5,411 residents in Alabama, according to Siegelman. This debt was bought out by RIP Medical […]

Connecticut governor unveils plan to nix medical debt for eligible residents

Connecticut governor unveils plan to nix medical debt for eligible residents

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) unveiled a plan Friday to cancel medical debt for residents of the Constitution State in what would be a first-of-its-kind initiative. The plan was first unveiled on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” According to ABC, the plan includes using $6.5 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to cancel […]

Jamie Dimon called Nikki Haley about cutting the national debt

Jamie Dimon called Nikki Haley about cutting the national debt

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley says she got a call from JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon about the national debt level. Speaking Wednesday on CNBC, Haley said she was agreement with the billionaire bank boss, as well as from billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller, about finding ways to lower the national debt. “The idea that a […]

How barring medical debt from credit scores could impact borrowers

How barring medical debt from credit scores could impact borrowers

A White House proposal to bar medical bills from being used in credit reporting won’t get rid of the debt itself or prevent future debts from being accrued, but the move could be transformative for many. The Biden administration and debt advocates argue medical debt is not a good predictor of a person’s credit worthiness, […]

Seniors’ medical debt soars to $54 billion in unpaid bills

Seniors’ medical debt soars to $54 billion in unpaid bills

Seniors face more than $50 billion in unpaid medical bills, many of which they shouldn’t have to pay, according to a federal watchdog report. In an all-too-common scenario, medical providers charge elderly patients the full price of an expensive medical service rather than work with the insurer that is supposed to cover it. If the […]

The fight against cancer faces daunting new challenge: debt politics

The fight against cancer faces daunting new challenge: debt politics

Even in times of federal budget tightening, cancer research has garnered bipartisan congressional backing, combining with private sector funding to fuel significant scientific progress in tackling the killer disease. “Cancer’s escaped the political gravitational pull,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University Law School. But this year could be different, […]

COVID clawback in debt limit deal spurs public health fears

COVID clawback in debt limit deal spurs public health fears

Public health advocacy groups are sounding the alarm over a provision in the debt ceiling deal to claw back about $27 billion in unspent pandemic relief money, arguing it could have consequences for future public health initiatives.  Unspent COVID-19 dollars have long been a target of Republicans, and taking back some of that money gives […]