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North Carolina church pays off $2 millions of residents’ medical debt

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For many people who are just getting by, a medical emergency is more than a potentially life-threatening event. If you do not have health insurance or your insurance is not enough, you could be facing thousands of dollars in bills.

A 911 call can lead to an ambulance ride to the hospital, an examination by ER doctors, and possibly emergency surgery. While you and your family are surely grateful to have gotten this needed medical care, you may not be able to afford it. After months of struggling to make ends meet, you could be considering bankruptcy.

Thousands of people in Florence, Columbia and throughout South Carolina have used Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy to get rid of burdensome medical debt so they can move on with their lives. However, several people across the border in North Carolina have discovered that a church has paid their medical bills, to the tune of $2 million.

Anonymously paying off medical bills

The senior pastor at the Charlotte-area church said part of his church’s mission is to be “a light on a hill, a city on a hill” for people in financial straits. “These people right now, we want them to focus on being able to feed their family, to be able to pay their mortgage or their rent and not worrying about the debt collector,” the pastor explained.

Most of the people the church chose to help were anonymous. They were surprised and delighted to find out that their medical debt had been wiped out.

Learn what debt relief options you can take advantage of

This church’s generosity is impressive. But even with $2 million, it cannot eliminate the problem that thousands of families are struggling with. If your household is burdened with medical bills you cannot pay off, consider talking with a bankruptcy attorney in your area about your options for reducing or potentially eliminating the debt.