‘Even more in difficult and uncertain times, our members tell us they love being part of Samaritan Ministries, and their continuing as members shows it’
April 13, 2022
PEORIA, Ill. — As prices rise on everything from groceries to cars, gasoline and health insurance, Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan) members are saving money on medical care through health care sharing.
“Even more in difficult and uncertain times, our members tell us they love being part of Samaritan Ministries, and their continuing as members shows it,” said Anthony Hopp, chief purpose officer of Samaritan Ministries International. “Historically, our annual member retention rate is near 90 percent.
“Our staff is continually encouraged by hearing from members about their positive experiences.”
Joel and Anita, of Texas, wrote:
“We thank the Lord for Samaritan. You have been with us every step of the way. We tell people about this ministry all the time. We left health insurance in 2005 and have not looked back. I have been fighting renal cell carcinoma/diabetes since 2013. We are tickled to death.”
Susanna, who lives in Colorado, said:
“I am always blessed by Samaritan staff when I call, especially when they pray with me at the conclusion of the call. I am so grateful for the way Samaritan brings believers together to share one another’s health care burdens.”
Bradley and Tracey, of North Carolina, shared:
“This was the best decision for us after losing our insurance. We appreciate all the staff at this ministry. We have had our needs met and God has blessed us in finding this ministry. We love sharing and helping others and this is one way to do God’s work.”
And, unlike health insurance where policy holders just pay premiums, Samaritan Ministries health care sharing is a direct, caring, personal experience.
“Members know they are part of a Christian community that cares for one another,” Hopp said.
“Our members not only save money but experience Christian fellowship by having their needs met and sharing others’ needs. Instead of their money going to an insurance company, it goes to fellow believers. It’s impossible to put into words that kind of joy.”
Samaritan Ministries currently has a membership of 286,332 individuals from 85,067 households.
Samaritan has no limited enrollment period. Government exchange-based health insurance requires signups to occur only during open enrollment periods unless one qualifies for a special enrollment period due to a “life event,” such as losing coverage, getting married, moving, or having a baby.
Samaritan Ministries health care sharingoffers additional advantages:
- No network restrictions. When medical care is needed, Samaritan members choose the health care provider, hospital and pharmacy that work best for them.
- The direct-sharing approach allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs but to pray for and connect with them on a regular basis.
- Monthly shares are hundreds of dollars less per month than traditional insurance.
Samaritan gives people of Biblical faith an effective, Bible-driven health care community in which approximately $30 million in medical needs is shared person to person every month. Over the past 27 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $3 billion in needs while also praying for and encouraging fellow members through personal notes, cards and letters.