For Immediate Release
May 15, 2017
Anna Price, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716 or 610.584.1096, ext. 102
As Changes in Health Care Act Make Washington Rounds, Samaritan Ministries’ Mission Remains the Same
In the Uncertain World of Health Care, a Long-Standing Health Care Sharing Ministry—with a Biblical Mission—Meets a Need
PEORIA, Ill.—Lawmakers are still debating government health care policy, and the American Health Care Act will likely change before it becomes law, if and when it reaches that point.
Members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, believe that when it comes to medical needs, bearing one another’s burdens is not the job of the government, but the duty of God’s people who love Christ so much they want to help His people. This founding principle has been at the core of Samaritan’s mission for more than 22 years.
“The health care system has become one of the most complicated parts of our society,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “But the basic components of health care can actually be very simple—God’s people taking care of one another, bearing each other’s burdens, not only financially but through prayers and support as well. This is how Christ intended Biblical community in all of life.”
Currently, Samaritan members pay a monthly share of only $495 for a family of any size, while individuals pay $220 and couples pay $440, with lower amounts for adults under 26. Families send shares directly to other families to help them pay their medical bills. Just as significant, Samaritan members also pray for one another and include notes and cards of encouragement.
Samaritan members share $25 million in needs each month, following the Bible’s teachings to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 | ESV). Feedback from members shows how the simple concepts of Biblical health care sharing affects families across the nation.
“We joined Samaritan about 2½ years ago,” wrote Nancy from South Carolina. “I have had two back surgeries this year, and my husband has some issues that have just popped up. (Members) have been amazing to help us financially and it just makes life so much easier to know that we don’t have to be controlled by insurance or government mandates.”
Renee from Texas became a Samaritan member more than a year ago, and her husband recently had surgery.
“We felt like we had complete control over our health decisions,” she said. “We were able to easily choose the exact hospital, type of procedure, surgeon, etc., that we thought was best. All our providers appreciated working with a cash patient and readily offered significant cash discounts. Our need was shared this month, and we’ve already received all but two checks (and the month isn’t even over) and tons of cards and prayer. Best health decision ever. And it’s Biblical!”
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Anna Price, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com or Deborah Hamilton, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or 215.815.7716.