Consider Samaritan Ministries

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We understand how important it is to choose the health care sharing option that’s right for you and your family, especially during a time you did not expect to make such a decision. Thank you for considering Samaritan Ministries.

Our team is here to answer your questions and support you during this time of transition. When you join Samaritan Ministries, you’ll be part of a health care sharing ministry that has been sharing health care needs in all 50 states uninterrupted for 26 years.

Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic offer affordable sharing options that could fit your budget. The amount you send each month is your monthly Share and goes directly to another member with a medical need. An easy-to-use cost calculator will help you calculate your monthly share.

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Join now with no startup fee

You can join when you’re ready, even today, and to help ensure a smooth transition we’ll waive the $200 startup fee through September 1, 2021 for Sharity Ministries members living in your state. As you complete your membership application, on the “How did you hear about us” page, select “Other” and type “Sharity.” You will be charged for your first month’s share amount, but this will ensure the startup fee is waived.

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About Samaritan Ministries

Samaritan Ministries is a Biblical solution to health care. We deliver authentic, compassionate, and personal service in the name of Christ to enable and inspire members to provide for one another’s medical needs through prayer, encouragement, and financial support.

Health care sharing with Samaritan Ministries may look a bit different. Here are a few things to consider.

Sharing needs

Samaritan members share medical needs that begin after membership. A need encompasses all the medical bills related to the same condition.

No network restrictions

As a Samaritan member, there are no network restrictions. When medical care is needed, you choose the health care provider, hospital, treatment, and pharmacy that works best for you.

Pre-existing conditions

Needs that result from a condition that exists prior to membership are shareable only if the condition has been symptom, treatment, and medication- free for a specified period of time. A pre-existing condition does not exclude anyone from joining, and your monthly share is not based on health status or health history.

However, financially burdensome medical bills that are not eligible for sharing through our regular process may be eligible to be shared as a Special Prayer Need. This is where members are given the opportunity to voluntarily contribute or donate toward helping with those bills.

Routine care

Routine and preventive care is generally not shared, and most members find that they save money on their overall health care costs even while paying for dental and vision visits, and wellness checks.

However, financially burdensome medical bills that are not eligible for sharing through our regular process may be eligible to be shared as a Special Prayer Need. This is where members are given the opportunity to voluntarily contribute or donate toward helping with those bills.

Catastrophic needs

When a catastrophic need occurs, you can be there for others and they can be there for you through an optional program called Save to Share which is designed to help Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic members with qualified needs that exceed the maximum limit per need.

As you work toward making your decision, we encourage you to review the Guidelines for Health Care Sharing.

Guidelines for Health Care Sharing

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Member Requirements

Our membership requirements strive to encourage Christian maturity and foster accountability and a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, we ask that all members agree to our Statement of Faith and to our Membership Agreement below:

Statement of Faith

We believe in the triune God of the Bible. He is one God Who is revealed in three distinct Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

GEN 1:26 | LUKE 1:35, 3:21-22 | 2 COR 13:14 | MATT 28:18-20

We believe Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and continues to be such even after His resurrection—fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, was bodily resurrected on the third day, and now is seated in the heavens at the right hand of God the Father.

ISA 7:14, 9:6 | MATT 1:22-23, 26:64 | MARK 16:19 | LUKE 24:38-40 | JOHN 1:1-2, 1:14, 1:29, 2:18-21, 5:18, 8:46 | ACTS 2:32-33 | 1 COR 15:3-4, 15:20-21 | 2 COR 5:21 | COL 1:15-20, 2:9 | HEB 1:1-4, 4:14-15, 7:26, 9:11-14, 10:10-12 | 1 PETER 2:22-24 | 1 JOHN 3:5

We believe that all people have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and can be saved from eternal death only through faith in Jesus Christ, Whose atoning death and resurrection secures for us eternal life.

JER 17:9 | JOHN 3:3, 14:6, 20:30-31 | ROM 3:9-11, 3:23, 5:12-21, 10:8-13 | EPH 2:8-9

Membership Agreement

Attend a Christian church regularly (at least three out of four weeks per month that your health or weather permits). If it is not possible for you to regularly attend a Christian church, please submit a letter giving the details.

Fellowships, churches, temples, wards, and denominations that fall outside of Biblical, Christian faith—such as the Church of Scientology, Unitarian, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—do not qualify for the church attendance requirement.

Believe you are to bear one another’s burdens.

Agree to: not abuse any legal or prescribed substance, abstain totally from illegal drugs and recreational use of marijuana, and abstain from tobacco use (a rare celebratory cigar or pipe, e.g. when a baby is born, is allowed).

Limit consumption of alcohol to moderate amounts and never drink to drunkenness, or cause another brother or sister in Christ to stumble.

Abstain from any sexual activity outside of traditional Biblical marriage as designed by God between one man and one woman.

Agree to practice good health measures in accordance with the principle that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Keep your membership active by promptly sending your monthly assigned share to all regular needs assigned to you in your monthly newsletter mailing or eShare notification.

Agree that when you have a dispute with a fellow Christian, and your fellow Christian is willing to submit that dispute to fellow believers for resolution, you are not to sue each other in the civil courts or other government agencies.

Sign and send in your Membership Continuation Form each year, confirming that you are still meeting the above requirements.

Have your pastor or Christian church leader sign a statement confirming that you meet the above requirements.

You will be required to agree to these requirements when you apply for membership and provide background information including your date of birth.

You will need to reconfirm that you still meet these requirements annually.

Best Practices for health care sharing ministries

As a community of Christians helping other Christians with their health care needs, for more than 26 years Samaritan Ministries’ members have supported one another through the direct sharing of financial, emotional, and spiritual support. We are committed to upholding our Biblical ethics, honoring our members, and maintaining the highest standards for sustainable governance and practice.

Please take a moment to review our ministry’s Health Care Sharing Best Practices and see if there is a published disclosure notice from your state.

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Contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

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