$140 billion of medical debt burden working people in America. Medical debt is the leading cause of debt collections and personal bankruptcy, and those with medical debt are less likely to seek needed medical treatment, have worse health outcomes, and experience greater instability in employment and housing.

In Tennessee, at least 1 in 5 people have medical debt, making TN one of the 10 states with the highest rate of medical debt. 

Medical debt affects all communities, including LGBTQ+, people of color, women, and Southerners. It is a broad social issue that impacts us all!

Southerners have the most medical bills in collections and for the largest dollar amounts compared to other regions. Southerns live in the most impoverished region of the US, with at least 18% of the population (22.2 million children and adults) living in poverty. The south is also home to 56% of Black people, 40% of trans people, and 13.8% of people living with disabilities in the US, demonstrating how those already marginalized by society are further harmed by medical debt.

Medical debt is a significant issue affecting millions of individuals and families, leading to financial stress and hardship. Our campaign aims to raise awareness about the impact of medical debt and advocate for fair and transparent financial practices.

Why This Matters:

The burden of medical debt can be overwhelming, causing many to live in constant fear of the next bill or phone call from creditors. Unexpected medical expenses can disrupt financial stability and impact quality of life. This campaign focuses on promoting fair and equitable financial practices aiming to alleviate the stress associated with medical debt and foster a supportive environment for everyone, regardless of their financial situation or background.

We believe that by addressing these issues, we can create a system where individuals can focus on their health and well-being without the fear of financial ruin.

As members of the working class, we know that medical debt affects everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality. We must come together to support each other and address this pressing issue. QUILT and DSA work to support the working class and alleviate the burdens of medical debt for all. 

Join us in raising $10,000 to abolish $1,000,000 of medical debt for working class Tennesseans! 

Our campaign slogan, “Burn Debt, Not Books,” emphasizes the urgent need to eliminate the burden of medical debt

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