Top 7 Reasons Thousands Are Choosing Samaritan Ministries, One of the Nation’s Leading Health Care Sharing Ministries
From Living Out Their Faith to Saving Money, More Than 80,000 Samaritan Member Households Are ‘Happily Uninsured’
PEORIA, Ill.—As American families make their lists and check them twice this Christmas season, another list they should consider checking is the one telling of the advantages of joining Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the nation’s leading health care sharing ministries.
Currently, there are more than 80,000 member households (260,000-plus individuals) who say they are “happily uninsured” and appreciate that Samaritan has given them a way to pray for and send monthly financial shares directly to their fellow members all year long, and also to bless them with encouraging personal notes and cards.
“New members are always welcome at Samaritan Ministries and have the freedom to join anytime, without the restrictions of an enrollment period,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “There are also no network restrictions, so they have the freedom to choose the health care providers that are best for their families. Whether that doctor is next door, across town, across the nation or even in another country, the choice is up to the member. Receiving these advantages through an affordable, God-honoring and Biblical sharing ministry is a true blessing to thousands of Samaritan members each month.”
Samaritan relates seven of the top reasons members give for being part of this nearly 25-year-old health care sharing ministry:
- Freedom to choose medical providers without network restrictions
“I love that I can go wherever I want to for treatment without worrying about whether they are ‘in-network,’ or whether I got a referral or some pre-authorization,” says Luana from California. “So whether it’s an issue of conscience or superfluous red tape, I can be happily relieved!”
2. Choice between Samaritan Classic or Samaritan Basic to fit families’ budgets
The flagship membership level, Samaritan Classic, is the perfect option for new and growing families. It offers robust maternity sharing and a low $300 initial unshared amount on each eligible need. Samaritan Basic is a lower-cost option that’s designed for those who prefer a lower monthly share amount than Classic. Basic offers many of the same features as Classic but has some restrictions on amounts shareable and maternity needs. Samaritan Classic’s monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households.
3. Evidence of God’s provision for Samaritan Ministries for nearly a quarter of a century
In the late 1980s, Samaritan Ministries founder Ted Pittenger began dreaming of starting a Biblical and affordable non-insurance health care ministry for fellow Christians. By 1994, Samaritan Ministries International was sharing medical needs, and today more than a quarter of a million members can have confidence they are part of a ministry that God has provided through for nearly 25 years. As they make major financial decisions regarding their health care, they also trust that their fellow Samaritan members will continue to be there in times of need.
4. Living out biblical faith
Samaritan Ministries’ history and guidelines align with living out the Christian faith in dependence on God and are based on the Biblical instruction to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 ESV).
“I love helping others with their needs, and I appreciate not having to help pay for a service I don’t agree with, such as abortion (or) sexual orientation change,” says Joan from Arkansas.
5. Ease of access and online resources
Samaritan members have the option of sending and receiving shares electronically and also have access to online resources that help them save money and interact with medical professionals.
“Because of the Samaritan Dashboard’s health resources, I was able to have a heart echo and chest X-ray for $275. What a savings!” says Eddye from Texas. “I try to shop around and save (Samaritan members) money. Thanks for keeping the members informed!”
6. Connecting with a Biblical community
Samaritan members are connected with other members who lift them up by praying and sending notes of encouragement along with their financial shares.
“Wow! I continue to be amazed by every single interaction with anyone at Samaritan Ministries,” says Kelsey from Colorado. “I love the Biblical community this creates and facilitates and am honored to be a part of it!”
7. Care and compassion from Christ-following members and staff
“Our youngest daughter, Sofia, dealt with a terrible illness, and the support letters that accompanied the checks brought us to tears,” say Spencer and Laura from Iowa. “The fact that our monthly shares go to a person in need as opposed to a corporation means the world to us. Praise God for this ministry!”
The open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act began Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 15. Many find the enrollment process to be complicated, difficult and frustrating. They may not realize that becoming part of a Biblical health care sharing ministry is a simpler way to bring fulfillment and blessings to both the sender and receiver.