Category Archives: Health Sharing Ministries

Medical Cost Sharing, Inc. – buyer beware?

I posted the other day that there were two new* health care sharing ministries that had recently come to my attention. The first, Solidarity HealthShare, As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of the sharing ministry concept (and am … Continue reading

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A new Catholic sharing ministry

Readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of health care sharing ministries as an alternative to conventional health insurance. If you aren’t familiar with sharing ministries, the concept is fairly straightforward. They are voluntary associations … Continue reading

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Altrua Qualifies for Obamacare Exemption

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,’ … Continue reading

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Altrua qualifies for Obamacare exemption, plus more on CMF Curo

Two important updates on health care sharing ministries that I want to share with all of you. I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that Altrua HealthShare, a ministry based out of Texas, may not be eligible for the … Continue reading

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A new(ish) health care sharing ministry for Catholics!

***UPDATE BELOW*** I’ve been touting health care sharing ministries for quite some time, pretty much since I launched The Self-Pay Patient blog back in August 2013. The concept is pretty simple – individuals and families voluntarily agree to pay one … Continue reading

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Medical bill negotiators in the spotlight on ABC News

The other night Michelle Katz was on ABC News describing how a family that had been hit with a $50,000 bill for what seems to have been a normal c-section birth was able to use a medical bill negotiator to … Continue reading

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Health sharing ministry members refute critics

Last week I wrote about the fine article in the Washington Post featuring people who had decided to opt-out of Obamacare, with a focus on those who had joined health sharing ministries. I also noted that many of the comments … Continue reading

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Washington Post features Americans opting out of Obamacare

Nearly two and a half months ago, I posted here that a reporter had contacted me and was looking for people to interview who had chosen to opt out of Obamacare. Several dozen of you responded, and I was able … Continue reading

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Health insurance market closed to most, now what?

As a general rule I try not to discuss Obamacare (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) here on The Self-Pay Patient blog. I have plenty of other outlets to share my views on that law, and … Continue reading

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March notes from The Self Pay Patient

Once again I find myself with a stack of items that aren’t necessarily worth a full blog post on their own (or at least, I don’t have the time at the moment to give them the attention they deserve in … Continue reading

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