Health Care Sharing Members Spared from Worry About Skyrocketing Premiums
PEORIA, Ill.—Members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, are without the daily worry that their monthly health care costs could climb thousands of dollars as they do for many health insurance customers.
Some residents of Iowa, for instance, may see a 43.5 percent increase in their health insurance premiums next year, according to a recent report by the Daily Caller.
“The health care landscape is full of questions right now, including how Americans will pay their monthly insurance premiums in the coming months,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations. “Uncertainty is a major concern for all involved, but health care sharing ministries rely on the certainty that Jesus provides for all our needs, often by connecting Christians who help one another, bear each other’s burdens and support each other, even when it comes to medical bills.”
Samaritan helps more than 69,000 households (227,000-plus individuals) share $25 million each month in medical needs. These members are without the daily worry that their premiums could climb thousands of dollars.
Following the Bible’s teachings to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 | ESV), Samaritan members give a monthly share of only $495 for a family of any size, while individuals give $220 and couples give $440. These shares are sent directly to other families, and just as significant, Samaritan members also pray for one another and include notes and cards of encouragement.
Unfortunately, what is happening in Iowa is not an isolated case. The Daily Caller also reported that “major insurance providers across the U.S. are asking for double-digit premium increases for 2018” as the future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain. “Another reason insurers are asking for such drastic rate increases is that they are finding it difficult to enroll enough healthy individuals in the state exchanges to offset the cost of sicker, riskier enrollees,” according to The Daily Caller.
In Iowa alone, more than 1,100 households (4,000+ individuals) are Samaritan members. Beth, one Samaritan member in Iowa, witnessed firsthand how a Biblical community of believers came together in her time of need.
“What a joy to be a part of a ministry that is such a blessing to both those who desire to be a blessing, and to those who need a blessing!” she said. “God is so good to us as He has allowed so many of you to ‘share’ in our burden. Your notes of encouragement and monetary gifts of all sizes have so greatly enlarged our praise to the LORD. Thank you all so very much!”
Barrie, another Samaritan member from Iowa, added that his family appreciated prayers as well as help with financial burdens.
“We have been a part of Samaritan Ministries for 18 months,” he said. “Love it. We have had two medical issues that Samaritan Ministries worked out very well. Our needs were met financially but also prayerfully. It is so comforting to have a person on the end of the phone pray for your family member. Truly a blessing.”