In a World of Rising Health Care Prices, Samaritan Ministries Members’ Shares Have Not Increased for Two Years
Samaritan Ministries Helps Keep Heath Care Costs Lower for Members, Only Sharing for What Is Actually Needed
PEORIA, Ill.—Rising prices make headlines nearly every day, whether for gasoline, travel, groceries or tariffs on goods from other countries.
Health care is certainly not immune from rising prices, with skyrocketing insurance premiums and climbing out-of-pocket costs for families not only commonplace but expected.
But for the past two years, monthly shares have not increased for the nearly 80,000 member households (more than 258,000 individuals) of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America.
“When we look at the marketplace, how many others have had prices that stayed the same or even become lower over the past two years?” said Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries. “In our world, everything is rising—and at a rapid pace. And that is especially true for health care. Additionally, health care plans are preparing for even higher costs in advance of this fall’s open enrollment. Continuing two decades of good stewardship, transparency and God’s provision, our quarter of a million individual members have directly shared in one another’s medical needs—with no increase in the past two years—sharing only what is actually needed for members’ medical care.”
Samaritan members often provide feedback about the money they have saved through health care sharing, especially in relation to rising insurance premiums.
“I just completed my first year with Samaritan Ministries,” reported Dorothy from Texas. “Although I didn’t have any needs—thank you, Jesus—it was a pure privilege and blessing to send my monthly share directly to a sister or brother in Christ in need. And it saved me $600 A MONTH that I was paying an insurance company. I feel confident that when and if I do have a need, it will be met.”
Sally and her husband are in their early 50s and live in Missouri with their four children. Even though they both take maintenance medications daily, they still have been able to save thousands of dollars since becoming Samaritan members.
“If we had insurance, we would be paying over $1,300 a month in premiums with a $6,000 deductible,” Sally wrote. “I wish we had gone with Samaritan 10 years ago.”
Butch from Florida said being a member of Samaritan Ministries helped him with the $13,000 cost of his surgery, the amount remaining after a nearly $100,000 savings from what would have normally been charged.
“It is such a blessing to get the notes in the mail with scripture verses!” Butch said. “It is such a blessing to know that other believers are praying for my recovery. It is such a blessing to be treated like a person when I call into your headquarters needing help or having questions. It is so encouraging to actually have someone pray for me before we end the calls. I’m so grateful and thankful!”
Each month, Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $27 million in medical needs person-to-person. In fact, from 2007 through 2017, Samaritan Ministries members shared $1.2 billion in health care needs. Yet the monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households. Members also pray and send notes and cards of encouragement along with their financial shares through this effective, affordable and God-honoring ministry.
Samaritan Ministries offers two membership levels, Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic. Samaritan Basic has a lower monthly share coupled with a higher initial unshared amount than Samaritan Classic. This gives both present and future members two options for choosing what they believe is best for their families—and their budgets. Monthly shares for Samaritan Basic start as low as $100 for one person, $200 for two people and $250 for a family of any size, depending on age. Some guidelines differ between Samaritan Basic and Samaritan Classic; contact Samaritan Ministries for details or visit this link.