By donating $15,000 to nonprofit, RIP Medical Debt, WXIN will forgive $1.5 million dollars in medical debt for almost one thousand people. “Every day we tell the stories that affect our viewers and when we can find a way to change the lives of the people we serve, it is a privilege,” said Jamie Aitke, WXIN’s general manager.
WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Indianapolis, bought almost $1.5 million in outstanding medical debt owed by viewers in Central Indiana. That debt, previously earmarked for recovery by collection agencies, will then be forgiven.
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Posted by FOX59 News on Monday, October 29, 2018
The station donated $15,000 to a national nonprofit, RIP Medical Debt, to buy the outstanding medical debt.
RIP Medical Debt was founded by former collections industry executives Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton, who now leverage the nonprofit’s donations to buy and forgive unpaid and unpayable medical debt. Antico says every dollar donated can purchase — and forgive — up to $100 of medical debt.
WXIN’s debt relief is underway. In the coming days, almost 1,000 people will be receiving letters with a simple message: Look Inside: FOX59 Helped Pay Your Debt.
The station will also keep the program alive by giving viewers a chance to pay it forward and donate to RIP, funding additional debt relief for even more Hoosiers.
“Every day we tell the stories that affect our viewers and when we can find a way to change the lives of the people we serve, it is a privilege,” said Jamie Aitke, WXIN’s general manager.