Minnesota Nurses Give Debt Relief to Needy Patients

“Roughly 1,800 patients will see $2.6 million in medical debts disappear because of charitable payments by the Minnesota Nurses Association, the union that represents hospital nurses throughout the state,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“The union announced on Thursday that it would pay off the patients’ debts in conjunction with the anniversary of a strike by its nurses against five Allina Health hospitals in the Twin Cities.”

KSTP-TV reports that MNA partnered with New York nonprofit RIP Medical Debt to purchase the $ 2.6 million balance for $28,000, much like collection agencies do when they buy debt.

Names and other details regarding the forgiven accounts will remain private, but one Minnesotan struggling to pay down medical debt, Debra Puchala, agreed to tell her story in the video below:

For more information on the issues surrounding medical debt, please contact RIP Medical Debt.