Congregation applauds as Eagle Rock church says it will pay off $5M in medical debt

EAGLE ROCK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As a huge Christmas gift this year, a local church paid off over $5 million in medical debt owed by more than 5,000 local residents.

A new video is showing the moment when the congregation was told how this year's special offering was spent. Members break out in applause as the gift is announced.
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The members of an Eagle Rock church learn of a plan to buy off $5 million in medical debt of local residents by paying only a penny on the dollar.

Christian Assembly Church in Eagle Rock paid about $50,000 to Rest In Peace or RIP Medical Debt, a national nonprofit agency that bundles unpaid medical debt.

The church was able to purchase the debt for only a penny on the dollar, wiping out $5.3 million in debt for people in 28 local communities.

Notification letters are being sent out to the recipients stating there are no strings attached.
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