Frank and Belinda VanderSloot

Frank and Belinda VanderSloot will be honored with the John and Abigail Adams Award on Feb. 1.

The Alturas Institute has announced that it will present to Frank and Belinda VanderSloot the John and Abigail Adams Award for their creation of a consumer protection fund to defend Idahoans from excessive attorney fees in medical debt collection cases. The couple will be honored at a dinner on February 1, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The VanderSloots created the legal defense fund—Idaho Medical Debt—on April 25, 2019 and, to date, have contributed $1 million to represent some 140 citizens embroiled in debt collection cases. In addition, the VanderSloots have proposed legislative reform in the area of medical debt collections.

The John and Abigail Adams Award reflects the mission of The Alturas Institute to promote equal protection of the law. “The principle of equal protection of the law rests on the assurance of legal counsel and access to justice,” Dr. David Adler, President of the Alturas Institute, said. “The VanderSloots’s creation, and generous funding, of the defense fund provides legal counsel for many Idahoans who could not otherwise afford legal representation, which would deny them access to

justice. Through this program, the VanderSloots are extending the time-honored and hallowed American principle, bolstered by John Adams’ s defense of Tories during the American Revolution, of providing legal counsel and access to justice.”

The VanderSloots will be honored on February 1, at a dinner held at The Hilton Garden Inn. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program. The program will feature two special guest speakers: The Honorable Ryan D. Nelson, U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Bart M. Davis, the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho. Tickets to the event are $45 and are on sale at the Alturas Institute website, Seating is limited.