What the Most Recent Affordable Care Act Ruling Means for Health Care Sharing Members
Samaritan Ministries Says Members Will Continue Caring for Each Other as Galatians 6:2 Instructs Apart from Law’s Status
PEORIA, Ill.—After a district judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Fox News is reporting that the case could return to the Supreme Court, and all eyes would be on the newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, along with Chief Justice John Roberts.
Members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the nation’s leading health care sharing ministries (HCSMs), and other qualified HCSMs are exempt from the now-zeroed-out individual mandate penalty. While many may have joined because of the ACA and the mandate, now over a quarter of a million individual members continue with Samaritan Ministries for many additional reasons.
“Samaritan Ministries has a nearly 25-year history of God’s provision among our 80,000-plus member households (260,000 individuals), both before and after the Affordable Care Act,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “Even if they joined since 2010 because of the Affordable Care Act, members have discovered that health care sharing aligns with their faith convictions, provides health freedom and transparency, gives them control over their health care, expands their choices, allows them to stay with trusted doctors and works within their family budgets. None of this will change, no matter the status of government health care. Our members have been caring for one another as the Bible instructs in Galatians 6:2 for 25 years, and they will continue to do so—joyfully and with trust in God to provide through the members of Samaritan Ministries.”
Health care sharing ministries like Samaritan have grown since 2010, when many families began researching—and choosing—these ministries because, for some, health care under the new government plan was not affordable, and the penalty for being uninsured was an added financial burden.
More than a quarter of a million Samaritan members say, overwhelmingly, they are “happily uninsured” and plan to stay that way. They appreciate that Samaritan Ministries has provided a way for them to pray for and send monthly financial shares directly to their fellow members all year long and to bless them with encouraging personal notes and cards.