Many Millennials Are Missing Out on Biblical Community, Cost Savings and More for Their Health Care
Samaritan Ministries Members Give Support for All Aspects of Medical Needs—Spiritual and Emotional, as Well as Financial
PEORIA, Ill.—Millennials are known for being intentional about their buying choices, their relationships, their work and church habits, and even their food choices.
Many may not know they can be intentional about their approach to health care choices as well.
Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, reports that 18- to 35-year-olds already make up about a fourth of Samaritan’s household members. Well over 20,000 of Samaritan’s 82,000 total households—approximately 267,000 individual members—are headed by millennials.
“Many millennials may not even be aware that health care sharing is an option available to them,” said Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries. “This decisive and outspoken generation doesn’t have to settle for the status quo in health care. Health care sharing works wonderfully for singles and young families because monthly financial shares are low and members are part of a biblical community that shares millions of dollars every month in medical needs. Plus, members are not limited to restrictive networks, so they are able to truly own their health care, making their own care decisions and finding better prices.”
Hopp added that millennials also appreciate Samaritan’s easy-to-use, fast and efficient online resources, as well as the fact that their monthly financial shares are sent directly to other Samaritan member families rather than to a large, impersonal insurance conglomerate.
Many millennials are drawn to Samaritan Basic, a low-cost membership level designed for those who want a lower monthly share amount. Basic offers many of the same features as Samaritan Classic but has some limits on amounts that can be shared and maternity needs. This membership level offers monthly financial shares as low as $100.
Said Derah, a millennial-aged Samaritan Ministries member from Illinois, “I love that we get to be a part of a ministry of helping other believers and sharing in their burdens with them. And I love getting the opportunity to trust and rely on God through this unconventional means of health care. And I love getting to support a ministry that is full of godly people bringing God the glory.”
Lauren, a member from South Carolina, said her experience with Samaritan over the past year has been “very positive.”
“Even though I haven’t had any health needs to share so far, it’s been a privilege and joy to share in meeting the needs of other brothers and sisters in Christ,” Lauren said. “This, to me, is much more special than mailing off an insurance check to a large corporation every month. With Samaritan, I get to participate in prayer and hear what God is doing!”
Michelle and Cory of Idaho appreciate the ease of health care sharing.
“Samaritan Ministries has been a huge relief,” they said. “It has been so easy to submit bills and receive prayers and the finances we need. Thankful!”
Each month, Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $29 million in medical needs person-to-person. In fact, in the 10-year period from 2009 through 2018, Samaritan Ministries members shared $1.2 billion in health care needs, yet Samaritan’s monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households.