Samaritan Ministries International, one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, on Sept. 19 announced a new way to join this household-to-household, non-insurance health care sharing ministry.
Samaritan Basic will allow members to choose a lower monthly share amount and a higher initial unshared amount for their own expenses, giving both current and potential members another way to make the optimal health care sharing decision for their families. Current Samaritan members will continue with Samaritan Classic unless they choose to switch. New Samaritan members can begin signing up for Samaritan Basic on Oct. 2. They can also still join the existing Samaritan Classic.
“Samaritan Basic will allow those who have been wondering if health care sharing is right for their family to explore the option at a lower monthly share amount,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “We hope that current Samaritan members will use this new level of sharing to introduce health care sharing to their friends and extended family members. We know that families have different needs and budgets, and we want to make sure that even more believers come together to bear one another’s burdens through health care sharing.”
Monthly shares are determined by age and household size and start as low as $100 for a single, $200 for a couple and $250 for a family of any size.
Some sharing amounts will be different for Samaritan members participating in Basic, such as the fact that the members who choose the Basic level will share 90 percent of their allowable expenses with other members after they meet a $1,500 threshold. Those who are interested in Samaritan Basic should go to this page for details on their specific situations.
However, all members, regardless of their monthly share amount, will be a part of one Biblical community that will “bear one another’s burdens” as the Bible instructs in Galatians 6:2. All members will also receive shares directly from other members, along with notes of encouragement and prayers.
Every month, Samaritan members—70,000 households and more than 229,000 individuals—give directly to their fellow members who have qualified medical needs. Currently, this Biblical community shares about $25 million each month in medical needs.