The New York-based nonprofit Rolling Jubilee fund says it is in the process of buying almost $12 million in outstanding old bills nationwide for pennies on the dollar in an effort to liberate debtors who often cannot afford to pay. And it intends to buy more as it gets more money from donors.
The Rolling Jubilee Fund, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, announced last month that it had bought $1.1 million in medical debt owed locally — including Logsdon’s — and freed the debtors from the obligation to pay it off.
But Logsdon, the first of those debtors to publicly identify herself, said she thought her delinquent $983 bill for back pain care had been paid by Medicare last year. That’s what her doctor told her, she said, after a 2011 dispute during which the bill had gone to a collection agency.
“I am very happy that somebody paid it,” Logsdon said in an interview last week from her home near Chickasaw Park. “In fact, I had quit worrying about it when we didn’t get any more notices that we owed it.”