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“The Mystery Hour” host Jeff Houghton, right, interviews RIP Medical Debt co-founder Craig Antico at a Nov. 30 taping.
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“The Mystery Hour” host Jeff Houghton, right, interviews RIP Medical Debt co-founder Craig Antico at a Nov. 30 taping.

‘Mystery Hour’ partnership aims to erase $2.7M in medical debt

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The crew behind Springfield late-night talk show “The Mystery Hour” is partnering with a group that’s eliminated more than $900 million worth of medical debt.

With RIP Medical Debt, “The Mystery Hour” is running a $27,000 fundraising campaign called The Great Ozarks Forgive-a-Thon, according to a news release. The campaign had raised $4,242 as of 11:35 a.m.

Officials say raising $27,000 would allow RIP Medical Debt to buy and then eliminate $2.7 million worth of debt in Greene and 19 other Ozarks counties. The nonprofit RIP Medical Debt buys bundles of medical debt, on average, for a penny on the dollar.

“A donation of one dollar is truly multiplied one hundred times. We saw this as an opportunity for the community to come together to have an incredible impact on others in the community,” said Jeff Houghton, host of “The Mystery Hour,” in the release. “When I first heard about RIP Medical Debt I was inspired, but then I learned that you can direct your campaign to your immediate area. I knew I needed to start something here in this place that I love that also has great need.”

An episode of “The Mystery Hour” featuring an interview with RIP Medical Debt co-founder Craig Antico was taped Nov. 30 and is scheduled to air Dec. 14, Houghton said via email.

RIP Medical Debt has been featured by the likes of late-night television host John Oliver. The organization works to forgive medical debt for people who earn less than two times the federal poverty level, have debts that are 5% or more of their annual income or are facing insolvency, according to the release.

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