Samaritan Ministries Supports Members’ Birth Choices Within This God-Honoring Approach to Health Care
Members of Samaritan Ministries Have Many Ways to Welcome New Additions to Their Families, and the Quarter of a Million Members Help Share the Financial Burdens
PEORIA, Ill.—Those who celebrate a new year of life in September share their birthdays with more than most. According to statistics, September calendars mark a significant number of birthdays. In fact, the days between Sept. 9 and Sept. 20 contain nine of the top 10 birthdays in America.
With the frequency of September birthdays, there’s a good chance that many Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org) member families will welcome new babies this month. Samaritan Ministries members receive support, regardless of their birthing approach.
These families choose health care sharing, and specifically Samaritan Ministries, because this direct-sharing, effective, affordable and God-honoring approach to health care allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs, but also with prayer, personal notes and cards of encouragement.
Samaritan Ministries vice president of external relations Anthony Hopp said many of the ministry’s member families are in the stage of life when welcoming new life is common, especially the one-fifth of all Samaritan households that are headed by a millennial-aged member. He noted that Samaritan Ministries supports its members who are expecting babies, no matter how they plan to give birth—at home, in a hospital, with a midwife or at a birthing center. This reflects the freedom of members to use the licensed medical professional they prefer.
“For more than 23 years, Samaritan Ministries has been honored to be a part of our members’ lives at all stages, and especially as they welcome new sons and daughters,” Hopp said. “We are happy to say that Samaritan connects our members through a Biblical community and the direct sharing of one another’s needs not only in times of more difficult medical needs, but also during happy and joyous times as families rejoice in a new life.
“Samaritan Ministries also shares midwife expenses among its members, and a portion of doula expenses are shared as well,” Hopp continued. “Member families have the freedom to choose how they want to birth and can rest assured that if a home birth should become a hospital situation, those expenses will be shared as well. On top of this, we hear from many new families who have so enjoyed receiving cards of congratulations and well wishes from their fellow Samaritan members, and are blessed by this thoughtful outreach.”
Laura from Missouri has had four children while a Samaritan member—one hospital birth, one birth center birth and two home births.
“Samaritan was wonderful to work with in each scenario, no matter who the provider was,” Laura said. “Our midwife this time around was so impressed with how supportive Samaritan was that she’s looking into becoming a member herself!”
Jeremy and Lynnae of New York said they have had two higher risk pregnancies since joining Samaritan and have nothing but good things to say about their experience.
“Samaritan shared the cost of extra bloodwork (and) medications … necessary to keep our babies safe,” they wrote. “We really appreciate the notes we got from other Samaritan members as well … we highly recommend Samaritan!”
Carly from Illinois said her birthing experiences with insurance or as a member of Samaritan were vastly different with the birth of her babies.
“We’ve had one birth on insurance—cost $3,900—and we’ve had two births with Samaritan,” Carly reported. “Zero dollars of our own expense. … There’s no comparison, Samaritan loves babies and growing families.”
Katherine from Texas said joining Samaritan Ministries before having their little girl was “one of the best financial decisions we’ve ever made.”
“Samaritan has been a huge blessing in our lives,” Katherine wrote. “I was very unsure at first, but we took a big leap of faith and I don’t think we will ever turn back. Not to mention the sweet notes and cards you get from other members. The power of the Body (of Christ) is certainly active through Samaritan.”
Finally, Marie from Idaho shared a list of pros and cons for the two babies her family welcomed as members of Samaritan Ministries:
- PROS: “1) full reimbursement (from Samaritan members sending their shares), 2) you choose your providers, not your insurance company, 3) a built-in Christian support group, 4) no messing around with co-pays, deductibles, etc., 5) the easiest payment and reimbursement process I’ve ever experienced.”
- CONS: “None!”
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.
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.