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Toledo, OH devotes federal ARPA funds to medical debt relief program with Lucas County

Toledo, OH Lucas County Federal ARPA Medical Debt Relief


Toledo and Lucas County split the program's cost of $1.6 million to relieve debt for 41,000 residents. Project partner RIP Medical Debt will purchase debt from hospitals in the county. Each dollar of program spending typically acquires $100 in medical debt, thus eliminating a significant financial concern for local households. Residents with medical debt at participating hospitals and earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level are automatically enrolled in the program.


Toledo, OH

Municipality in Ohio

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This Midwestern City Plans to Wipe Out Residents’ Medical Debt - Route Fifty

The new program follows a similar one launched in Cook County, Illinois earlier this year.


When will Toledoans have medical debt relieved? |

The city of Toledo must enter into a contract with RIP Medical Debt. The nonprofit's president and CEO, Allison Sesso, said she is unsure how soon this will happen.

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