‘Our Long History of Growth and Member Retention Speaks Volumes about What Our Members Think’
September 23, 2020
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ted Pittenger, Founder and President of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), a leading health care sharing ministry, will tell the story of launching Samaritan over a quarter century ago when he gives the keynote address for the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom annual fundraiser event at 7 p.m. CDT Sept. 24 in Minneapolis.
Pittenger’s talk will highlight the effectiveness and growth in membership of biblical health care sharing.
The free event is being livestreamed. Registration is at bit.ly/CCHFevent2020.
CCHF, a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, exists to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights. By welcoming Samaritan’s founder as the keynote speaker for this year’s fundraiser, CCHF is showcasing a champion of free-market medicine and a supporter of what CCHF does best: protect patients and doctors from government and third-party-payer encroachment, and defend patient privacy and right of consent.
Chronicling his own journey into the world of health care sharing, Pittenger will focus the event’s attendees on the unifying hallmarks that distinguish all health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) from health insurance.
“What started out as a mom-and-pop family business, in a small office in one corner of a remodeled chicken coop, has grown to more than 400 employees, serving members in every state, as well as in several foreign countries,” Pittenger says. “I was motivated to start Samaritan Ministries because of a time of experiencing no health insurance for our growing family and my experience with another health care sharing organization.”
As evidence of health care sharing’s effectiveness and member satisfaction, Pittenger points to Samaritan’s 273,000 individual members from more than 83,000 households who share $30 million monthly. Together with four other health care sharing ministries, HCSM enrollment exceeds 1 million members sharing over $100 million in needs every month.
Impressive as sharing more than $1 billion per year is, Pittenger says health care sharing is about more than saving and spending money wisely; it’s about bearing one another’s burdens.
“Health care sharing organizations are about more than just paying medical expenses,” Pittenger says. “We attempt to care for the whole person. Health care sharing organizations work on behalf of their members to secure discounts and fair pricing in this age when transparency in medical service pricing is almost non-existent.”
Pittenger says HCSMs, especially Samaritan, break patients out of the impersonal medical industry machine by genuinely valuing each person’s medical need — not as a potential revenue stream for a hospital or practice but simply because each person reflects God’s image.
“One of the hallmarks of health care sharing is the care and personal touch that is extended to our members,” Pittenger says. “I believe this is especially true of Samaritan Ministries. At Samaritan, we spell ‘health care’ as two distinct words. We write out ‘health care’ – not ‘healthcare’ — because we care about your health.”
Pittenger acknowledges that HCSMs have their critics, but he points to the billions of dollars HCSMs have shared over decades as indicators of the effectiveness of organizations like Samaritan Ministries International and CCHF.
“I’m so grateful for the work of CCHF and their efforts to preserve and protect our health care freedoms.
“The critics of health care sharing say that there is no guarantee that your medical bills will actually be paid,” Pittenger says. “Because we are not insurance, we cannot make those assertions. But our long history of growth and member retention speaks volumes about what our members think.”
Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing Biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. In fact, over the past 25 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $2.3 billion in needs, praying and encouraging one another with notes along the way.
For the remainder of 2020, Samaritan is rewarding members with $250 per health care need for demonstrating that they obtained health care from a facility Healthcare Bluebook rates as a “fair-price provider.”
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.