Tax-announcement

Tax time is not exactly the most wonderful time of the year, but we can help make it a bit more bearable with some information about how members of health care sharing ministries should fill out their IRS Form 8965 to claim the health insurance exemption.

Members of Samaritan Ministries are exempt from the federal tax imposed on those who don’t have health insurance. To prove your qualification for this exemption in 2016, you complete the health insurance questions in your tax software or include IRS Form 8965 when you file your 2016 federal income taxes by mail.

If you’re not required to file a tax return, you don’t need to do anything to prove your exemption.

Our tax page has:

  • A video explaining how to answer questions and fill out forms.
  • Frequently asked questions about the ACA tax and health care sharing ministries members’ exemption.

Take a look if you have questions.

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By Alyssa Klaus

Member Spotlight Jule' Colvin photoHelping nonprofit organizations succeed has been a 30-plus-year mission for Julé Colvin. Her company, Pathways to Growth, sees nonprofits flourish under its leadership training, as well as its grant-readiness assessment, grant writing program, and other services geared toward making organizations both financially and structurally sound.

Julé’s love for nonprofits and the people they serve started early in life.

“I like to say it started when I was 10,” she says. “I can remember always having a heart for it, even though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I had good parents, but we weren’t churchgoing folks then.”

Despite this, she felt the desire to help the less fortunate.

Her first job out of college was working for a nonprofit. From there, she never looked back. She has worked every position at these organizations, “from chief cook and bottle washer, to running a program for high school dropouts, helping to build affordable housing in the inner city, working with senior citizens, and the list goes on and on.” She has also served as a board member, executive director, and developmental director to various nonprofits. However, she really found her niche in grant writing.

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Why SMI-

Fifteen years ago, Julé Colvin and her family joined Samaritan Ministries. Shortly after that, they experienced the heartbreak of a stillborn baby.

“Here it was, a stillborn baby and $7,000 in medical bills,” she says. “The words of encouragement we received, it was amazing.”

They left SMI for a time because her husband had insurance, but at this point in their life, they have rejoined. “I have the pre-existing condition of rheumatoid arthritis, but I’ve found that I can handle the regular cost of the medicine and the upkeep on my own,” she says.

In the current health care climate, Julé says they appreciate SMI even more than they did back then. “The other options that are out there for insurance were just outrageously priced and I thought, ‘I know this has worked in the past; this is a Biblical model.’”

She finds it freeing to be able to avoid supporting things that go against Christian values while at the same time helping other people.

Even more so, she enjoys being a part of a Christian community.

“As we’re in the middle of all of this health care, what I call ‘crisis,’ it’s an amazing gift to be able to read SMI’s newsletter and know points of prayer, as well as read Member Spotlights and know what people are out there doing.”

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triathlon ironman

By Michael Miller

God is in the details and, in Paul Perryman’s case, in the ruts.

The Samaritan Ministries member hit one of those ruts during the bicycling portion of an Ironman Triathlon in Oklahoma City on September 26, 2015. An Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride, and a full marathon. Paul, who lives in Flint, Texas, hit the unmarked rut in the road around the 100-mile mark of the bike ride.

He now sports five plates and 20 screws, all unnoticeable, in his face.

In the accident, his bike’s front tire wedged solidly in the asphalt gap, stopping the whole bike suddenly. Paul flew forward off the bike and landed on his face and head, with the rest of his body following. He sustained six broken bones and five cracked bones (if you’re not squeamish, you can read about them in detail at his blog) in his face and other parts of his head, as well as several broken teeth. A photo of his sunglasses shows distinct scrape marks where they met asphalt; the padding in his protective helmet was shredded. But God was already busy working things for His glory.

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Online bill submission is here!

After you start a need through the Samaritan Dashboard Needs App, you can submit your medical bills online.

You can also explore other apps to see your monthly share assignment, pray for other members’ needs, read the Newsletter, record shares you receive, and more.

A few things to know:

  • You can’t use online bill submission for needs started on paper or through the mail.
  • This only works for needs that have been created on your Needs App since December 7, 2016.
  • Right now, we can only use JPG or PNG images. We’re working on being able to accept PDFs as well.

We hope it works well for you. If you have any problems, you can send email to support(at)samaritanministries.org, or click the “?” in the bottom left of your Samaritan Dashboard.

Let us know how you like it!

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