October 23, 2019

Around the nation: Nearly 6,000 Illinois residents will have their medical debt forgiven this month

Daily Briefing

    A network of churches came together this summer to take care of more than $5.3 million in medical debt, and the network will soon send letters to 5,888 families in Cook County to inform them their medical debt has been forgiven, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

    • Illinois: A network of churches came together this summer to eliminate more than $5.3 million in medical debt, and the network will soon send letters to 5,888 families in Cook County to inform them that their medical debt has been forgiven. The churches partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit, to raise the money to buy the debt and target specific areas in Cook County where a number of families live below the federal poverty line (Rosenberg-Douglas, Chicago Tribune, 10/21).

    • Massachusetts: Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins on Monday declined to halt a statewide ban on the sale of vaping products, though he said the state must first seek public comments before implementing the policy. While Wilkins declined to stop the ban immediately, he said he would bar the state from enforcing it if his concerns aren't address. Last month, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) issued an executive order temporarily banning the sale of vaping products in the state for four months, the first action of its kind in the United States (Raymond, Reuters, 10/21).

    • Tennessee: Luke Gregory, CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, died on Friday at the age of 63 following a battle with lymphoma. Gregory joined Vanderbilt in 2007 as SVP and chief business development officer and was named CEO of Monroe Children's in 2011 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/21).

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