It’s been so long since I posted here I’m sure a few of you wondered if I’d been hit by a bus, kidnapped by the insurance companies, or just lost interest. Fortunately the answer to all of these is ‘no,’ but I have been swamped with my work that pays, at least that pays in ways that fill my bank account and allows me and my family to eat!
I’ve got a bunch of things that have been sitting in my in-box (of course), and I’m planning on beginning to work my way through them over the next few weeks with a number of fairly short post.
I thought I’d start by sharing what is probably the biggest news, that Altrua Healthshare, one of the five health care sharing ministries I’m aware of, recently received a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirming Atrua members are exempt from the tax Obamacare levies on many uninsured people (I’d blogged about Atrua’s merging with Blessed Assurance Bulletin, which is what allowed them to qualify, here: Altrua qualifies for Obamacare exemption, plus more on CMF Curo).
Here’s a link to Altrua’s recent press release announcing the good news: Altrua Gains Recognition as a Health Care Sharing Ministry
This is great news, of course – there was some question early on whether or not Altrua might qualify but I’m pleased to see that Altrua members, who have done the responsible thing and arranged to take care of potential major medical expenses outside of the conventional third-party payer health insurance system, won’t be penalized.
I haven’t heard from the other four ministries: Christian Care Ministry (better known as Medishare, and with a sweet new web site, by the way!); Christian Healthcare Ministries; Samaritan Ministries; and Liberty HealthShare. There’s really not much doubt the first three qualify, but there is some question about Liberty although they seem pretty confident they’ll qualify, and I hope they do. I’ve got a message in to the head of Liberty and will share it with you when I get it.