State Senate Bill 1041 Puts Health Care Freedom at Risk for 5,000 Christians Who Have Chosen Sharing
LEBANON, Conn. — Connecticut Senate Bill 1041 as written puts at risk the freedom of Connecticut citizens who have chosen health care sharing. The Connecticut Legislature is prepared to vote on a proposed bill that would strip more than 5,000 Connecticut residents of their ability to belong to a health care sharing ministry to manage their health care expenses. This bill would effectively ban this health care option in Connecticut.
The Connecticut General Assembly’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee recently voted to approve Senate Bill 1041, which would impose lethal regulations on health care sharing ministries. During a time of economic and health uncertainty, elected leaders would add to human suffering by taking steps to deprive thousands of their preferred health care solution.
Joel Noble, Director of Public Policy at Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, samaritanministries.org), is calling on Connecticut citizens to contact the office of state Sen. Matt Lesser, the sponsor of the bill, to let him know that Senate Bill 1041 would effectively ban health care sharing in the state.
Noble states, “Senate Bill SB 1041, as written, is a misguided bill that would hurt the ability of Connecticut Christians to choose a health care option that matches their beliefs. Under this bill a non-insurance charitable ministry would be under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Department of Insurance.
“The bill would empower bureaucrats to constrain, regulate or shut down Christian health care charities that have faithfully served the people of Connecticut for the last 30 years.”
Samaritan Ministries provides people of faith with an effective, Bible-driven health care community in which approximately $30 million in medical needs is shared person-to-person every month. During the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $3 billion in needs while praying for and encouraging fellow members through personal notes, cards, and letters.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.