May 17, 2021
PEORIA, Ill. — Mother’s Day only comes once a year, but moms who are members of Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, www.samaritanministries.org) know that unwavering support and faith-filled blessings for mothers exist all year long within this leading health care sharing community. In just the past year, Samaritan Ministries members shared more than $50 million in pregnancy and birth needs.
In addition to the peace of mind that comes with sharing financially in each other’s medical needs, member moms and their families pray for one another and send notes of encouragement.
“Our community takes care of major maternity needs—and does so frequently,” says Ted Pittenger, founder and president of Samaritan Ministries International. “The sacred act of bringing God’s beautiful children into this world, of welcoming new little ones to the family, should not put people into debt. Health care sharing is about trust in both God and the Body of Christ.”
The average cost of a normal childbirth today without complications can be as much as $11,000 per birth, depending on how a family’s turn of events impacts the bottom line. In addition, a study published in Health Affairs by the University of Michigan found that in 2015 (the most recent year available) the average out-of-pocket cost of a birth even for families with health insurance was still $4,500. That number includes pregnancy, labor and delivery and three months of postpartum care. While many personal finance experts say that Americans should purchase health insurance to avoid financial catastrophe, a marketplace health insurance plan is often not the right choice for families.
Samaritan Ministries offers several advantages to standard marketplace health insurance plans when it comes to maternity needs:
- There are no network restrictions.
- The direct-sharing approach allows members to help fellow believers personally with their medical needs through prayer and encouragement as well as financially.
- The monthly share has never exceeded $530 for a family of seven or less or $555 for a family of eight or more. That’s in contrast to the average cost of marketplace insurance in 2020, which was $623 per month for an individual and $1,779 for a family.
With those significant advantages and more, Samaritan Ministries moms and their families are grateful for their memberships.
As one couple from North Carolina said recently, “Samaritan has been amazing and a true blessing to our family. We had a maternity need this past year, and all bills have been shared. Samaritan made the process very easy.”
A couple from Ohio said, “We had our first need this year—our first child—and were blown away with how well everything worked out. Samaritan Ministries has proven a tremendous blessing for our young (and growing) family!”
A member from Oregon said, “We are so grateful for Samaritan.”
And a couple from Tennessee noted, “Our family has been very blessed with having Samaritan Ministries in our lives. There is help with our medical bills, plus help with our spiritual needs. All those whom I have had the pleasure of talking to have always lifted me up in prayer. Thank you and bless you all.”
In addition, Samaritan Ministries members have access to the clearest, most up-to-date information about the costs of their care. This financial clarity in the health care arena plays a big role in the confidence that members enjoy. Samaritan Ministries offers a way for Christians to work together to take care of one another’s health care needs—something the ministry has been doing effectively for over 26 years.
“When you are responsible for how much other brothers and sisters in Christ will have to send,” explains Pittenger, “you become more aware of what you’re spending, whether it’s necessary, and whether the treatment is available elsewhere for a lower cost.”
Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing biblical community of members shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. Members not only enjoy a personal connection with one another, but prayer brings more than money alone through this unique, biblical approach to health care sharing.
In its 26-year history, Samaritan Ministries members have shared over $3 billion in needs while praying for and encouraging one another with personal notes, cards and letters.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, 610.584.1096, Beth Harrison, ext. 105, Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.