Faith Based Cost Sharing Health care That’s Attainable
Daniel and Katlyn Street don't have health insurance. But they do have a new child woman, a new technique to health care and something they weren't expecting at all-- a new handmade quilt.
The quilt arrived Thursday, sent by someone they have never fulfilled, who-- together with scores of other people around the nation-- also sent money, notes of encouragement and prayers on behalf of the young Seaford couple as they welcomed little Adelyn last fall.
Obamacare doesn't work like that. Employer-sponsored health insurance doesn't work like that. Just paying cash at the doctor's office doesn't work like that, either.
But Samaritan Ministries, which counts the Street family among its members, isn't health insurance. It is part of a little-known national network of "health care sharing ministries" that link their members to kindred souls who pool their resources and assure to cover each other's health care needs.
Four such ministries exist across the country-- Christian Healthcare Ministries, Liberty Healthshare, Medi-Share and Samaritan. All are faith-based nonprofits and, due to the fact that they were in operation before 1999, all are exempt from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA, also called Obamacare, has reshaped the nation's health insurance industry in an effort to expand access to health care. It requires all to have health insurance or face tax penalties, and established a national marketplace where all can acquire plans, some making use of subsidies.
Details of the plans vary, but in general the health-share idea works in this manner: You pay a month-to-month "share" that goes to cover the "need" of other members in your plan. When you have a need, you introduce it to the ministry and-- if it is accepted-- your need is published to other members, who are invited to pray, send encouragement and help you cover the cost. Some send their "shares" to a central office. Some send them directly to your mailbox. To read more go to Faith Based Cost Sharing Heathcare