By Hannah Jones – Saporta Report
Thanks to a $190,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Georgia Watch will address issues surrounding medical billing and debt in Southwest Georgia by working with local healthcare providers and community groups.
The organization will use the grant to “find solutions to restore healthcare dignity” for Georgia residents.
Medical debt is a significant problem for Americans, with 37% of people reporting medical debt using all of their savings to pay their bills, 40% had a lower credit due to their medical debt and 26% were unable to pay for necessities, like food and heat, because of their debt.
Georgia is also doing worse than other states, and as of 2019, Georgia had the third-highest percentage of uninsured people.
Georgia Watch is a nonprofit that educates and advocates for Georgia consumers on healthcare, energy, civil justice and financial issues.
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