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In the United States, every 43 seconds, someone dies from a stroke, cardiovascular disease, or countless other heart diseases. For 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke to help families and communities thrive. The AHA is currently the nation’s largest and oldest voluntary organization with a focus on cardiovascular health, which unites over 35 million volunteers and supporters. To achieve a world free of strokes and cardiovascular diseases, the AHA has invested more than $5 billion in research since 1949. Relentless efforts made by volunteer support and numerous donations go to further education, research, patient care, advocacy for better health, and reaching millions of people at risk of heart disease and stroke. The AHA has helped reduce deaths from strokes by 13.6% and deaths from heart disease by 15.1% since February 2018. Further, they have reached 12 million people with nutrition improvements, 19 million patients with quality care for high blood pressure, and trained over 22 million people in CPR each year. The AHA aims to, with the help of our community, build healthier lives free from stroke and cardiovascular disease to help our communities continually flourish.
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More than one hundred million adults in the U.S. struggle with healthcare debt that amounts to over 195 billion dollars that are owed nationwide. Burdensome medical debt makes Americans choose between paying their medical bills or covering their essential needs. This prevents millions of Americans from achieving financial stability, leading to them becoming subject to emotional distress and further skipping medical care in the future to avoid worsening their situation.
RIP Medical Debt is a national nonprofit organization, formed by two former debt collection executives, which seeks to help strengthen communities by providing financial and emotional relief by erasing medical debt with no tax consequences or penalties. Through data analytics, RIP pinpoints the debt of those who earn less than four times the federal poverty level or who have debts that amount to more than 5% of their annual income. By buying millions of dollars of debt bundles at a fraction of the cost, a single donation relieves about one hundred times its value in medical debt. Since 2014, RIP has relieved over ten billion dollars in medical debt, helping over seven million families and counting to repair their credit score, improve their economic security, and provide relief from medical debt so they can start financially rebuilding their lives. Guided by the stories of their beneficiaries, RIP seeks to not only end medical debt but also be a source of justice, a solution for healthcare providers, and a face for change in an unjust healthcare finance system.