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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The State of the Ministry, 2017

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Send a Note, Pay your Share, Always Stay Alert in Prayer

By Ted Pittenger

Founder and International President

Every month, our Share Assignment Notice reminds all members of the three Samaritan basics: Send a Note, Pay Your Share, Always Stay Alert in Prayer.

From the beginning, Samaritan Ministries has exhorted our members to trust in God for our health care needs (and all of our other needs) and to support one another with prayer, encouragement, and sharing.

We have always emphasized that God is the only One Who can be depended on to meet all of our needs. No one else even comes close. He created everything. He owns everything. This past year has given us many opportunities to experience His provision for the ministry and for the thousands of individual households.

Another year of amazing growth

We started the year with 52,000 member households and have grown to more than 65,000 households that are sharing health care needs. In January alone, more than 5,000 households joined Samaritan. It was the third consecutive year where there was a spike in growth during the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, as Christians continued joining together to provide for one another’s health care needs in a way that supports their Biblical convictions. Last year we were sharing about $15 million in needs each month. This year the needs members are sharing have reached nearly $20 million.

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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), or click the “?” in the bottom left of your Samaritan Dashboard.

Let us know how you like it!

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A Christmas greeting from Samaritan Ministries

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As you have a Merry Christmas, remember:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

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You can now start needs online 24/7


Samaritan Ministries wants your member experience to be a smooth one, so we’re adding new capabilities to our online apps.

If you’re a member, you have a Samaritan Dashboard account. (Didn’t know that? If you need a PIN to get yours going, call 877-764-2426, and choose option 4.) Within the Dashboard, you can manage your membership, view share information, check on the status of a need, and several other things.

Now, you can start a new need there as well.

At any time. On any device. In any location.

Log in to your account, visit the Needs app, and click on “Start New Online Need.”

You’ll then be asked to enter some basic information about the need. Finally, a Member Advocate will contact you within two business days to help you continue the processing of your need.

It’s that simple.

Keep an eye out on this blog, our Facebook page, and Dashboard itself for video instructions on starting a new need online.

We hope this will save time for many members and enable us to serve you better.



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