Helping Arizona Families with Medical Debt

Our goal is to fix Arizona’s broken healthcare system through passing citizen initiatives at the ballot box, taking direct action, and winning legislation in the state government. We get stuff done when our politicians cannot (or will not). We already have one major win under our belt with Prop 209, which will protect Arizona families from losing their cars, homes, and wages due to unfair medical debt. Due to the work of our members, we won Prop 209 overwhelmingly in every county in the state.

Proposition 209: How does our recently passed ballot measure protect hardworking Arizonans?

No Arizona family should lose their home or car due to medical emergencies or accidents, or be trapped into unending debt by unfair interest rates on medical care. That’s why we worked to pass Proposition 209, our ballot measure that protects consumers from predatory debt collection by:

  • Increasing the protected value of people’s primary home to better match Arizona’s median home value
  • Increasing the allowed value of protected household goods and bank accounts
  • Increasing the protected value of vehicles
  • Limiting wage garnishment for debt to no more than 10% of disposable earnings
  • Limiting the interest rate on medical debt to no more than 3%

How We Did It

Arizonans across the state are resoundingly in support of protecting families from predatory debt collectors. First, we turned in a record number of signatures to qualify for the ballot in July. Then, we kept talking to Arizonans. We knocked on doors, distributed lawn signs, and told everyone we knew: medical debt is serious and it ruins lives. Proposition 209 helps. It’s not hard to understand why so many voters joined us on elections day. We ended up with a resounding win: 72% to 28%.

Our Partnership With RIP Medical Debt

In July, we turned in a record number of signatures to qualify for the ballot. And in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, we committed to erasing medical debt for every signature collected by our volunteer leaders. In total, we were able to eliminate $3.5 million in existing, unpayable medical debt for struggling Arizona families.

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Together we made history and passed Proposition 209 to protect hardworking Arizonans from losing their cars, homes and wages due to unfair medical debt — but our journey has only just begun. Will you join us and stay involved in our next big fix for Arizona healthcare?