For Immediate Release
May 22, 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
Health Care Answers are Found in the Bible
Worry About Health Care Is Relieved with Samaritan Ministries and Heath Care Sharing
PEORIA, Ill.—Confusion over the state of health care in America has now turned to frustration, with constituents chiding their lawmakers and legislators blaming a flawed process.
But in the midst of all the angst, the more than 200,000 members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, actually find relief in their health care experiences.
Families send monthly shares directly to other families to help them pay their medical bills. But that’s not all. Samaritan members also pray for one another and include notes and cards of encouragement. These two simple practices have been at the heart of Samaritan’s Biblical mission for more than 22 years.
“Health care is one of the most complicated issues being hotly debated across the country right now,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “But caring for each other and bearing one another’s burdens is actually one of the most basic teachings in the Bible. While millions of people wait in suspense to see what will happen with their health care—at the hands of someone else—Samaritan members don’t have to depend on the government for their medical needs to be met. Through Samaritan, a Biblical community of believers comes together to obey Jesus’ teachings.”
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. Each month, the more than 69,000 Samaritan member households (226,000 individuals) currently share $25 million in needs, 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 from around the country indicates that the simple practice of Biblical health care sharing not only eases their minds, but also raises their spirits.
“We have been blessed beyond measure with Samaritan Ministries,” wrote Niki from Minnesota. “The staff is amazing, so very helpful! Currently we are on the receiving end, and the cards have come in the mail—encouraging notes, Bible verses, people praying for us—and all of our financial need has been met. We praise God for Samaritan Ministries.”
Heidi from Texas also shared that even though her husband started a new job that provided insurance at a good rate, they remained Samaritan members.
“We decided to decline that coverage and keep our membership with Samaritan,” she said. “We have actually never had a need (we don’t go to a doctor unless it is a true emergency, which thankfully are few and far between), but it feels so good to send our money to brothers and sisters in need, rather than some large corporation. We have friends that have been members longer than us, and have had all their needs met with no problems. Long story short, I would highly recommend Samaritan!”
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.