Judith Jones and Carolyn Kenyon, both from New York, are passionate activists about the bill that would bring universal health care to the state called ‘New York Health Act’. What’s more interesting is that Jones is 80, and Kenyon is 70 years old, and they don’t want to just stay around and wait for things to happen. Oh, no. They gathered their neighbors and friends and managed to raise $12,500 for the non-profit organization R.I.P. Medical Debt.
The organization buys up people’s old medical bills and they practically “forgive them”. Thanks to Jonas and Kenyon’s donation, the organization managed to “buy up” over $1.5 million in medical debts from thousands of people across the state of New York.
What R.I.P Medical Debt does is they focus on the debts of people that really cannot afford to pay their bills, for example, people who earn less than two times the federal poverty level.
And the coolest thing about this whole situation is that Jones and Kenyon did not just “beg” people or convince them to donate some cash, but they actually educated them on how medical debt can take over one’s life.
And while the non-profit organization can’t help in making people have lower hospital bills to begin with, it’s really inspiring to see these two ladies take up the issue into their own hands and have an effect on 1,284 people’s lives.