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More than 112,000 Indiana residents will soon have their medical debt forgiven

By meerna Jun18,2024
More than 112,000 Indiana residents will soon have their medical debt forgiven

INDIANAPOLIS — A recent joint investment will help eliminate more than $239.6 million in medical debt for Hoosiers.

More than 112,000 people in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Putnam counties will have their lives forgiven thanks to the effort of United Neighborhood Centers of Indianapolis, United Way of Central Indiana and an anonymous donor.

People receiving assistance should receive a letter in the mail this month from Undue Medical Debt informing them that some or all of their medical debt has been removed.

You can see a sample letter below.

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There is no application, and debt relief is granted in the form of a gift, which means that people are exempt from paying income tax on the canceled debt.

“Today’s announcement is not just about crisis intervention. At United Way, we fight for the long-term health and economic well-being of every person in our community,” said Fred Payne, president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana, at a press conference Monday at the Edna Martin Christian Center on Site 37.

In total, combined donations to Undue Medical Debt will eliminate the debt as follows:

  • Boone County: Over $437,300 in debt forgiven by 262 people;
  • Hamilton County: Over $1.2 million in debt for 737 people forgiven;
  • Hancock County: Over $466,600 in debt forgiven by 313 people;
  • Hendricks County: Over $2.2 million in debt forgiven by 1,286 people;
  • Marion County: Over $234.2 million in debt forgiven by 108,699 people;
  • Morgan County: Over $710,200 in debt forgiven by 496 people;
  • Putnam County: Over $272,100 in debt for 225 people forgiven.

In Marion County, one in five people have medical debt, and Indiana ranks 11th in the U.S. in the number of residents with medical debt, Frame said.

By meerna

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