Tag Archives: Samaritan Ministries

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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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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Media catching on to growth and popularity of sharing ministries

I’ve seen a couple of stories in the past few days suggesting that the media is becoming aware of health care sharing ministries as an alternative to conventional health insurance. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody familiar with … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Benefits of Joining The Health Co-Op & Samaritan Ministries

Guest post by Thad Puckett of The Karis Group  Since my family and I made the decision to leave an old paradigm called health insurance for a liberating paradigm called health care sharing, it seems as if I’ve had more … Continue reading

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The Self-Pay Patient book – corrections, clarifications, & comments, Part 1 of ?

One of the problems with writing and publishing a book is that, unlike a blog, you can’t really go back and make corrections or clarify something, or add something that you realize really should have been included after the book … Continue reading

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Self-pay options for immigrants (legal or illegal)

Self-pay patients are by no means a homogenous group  – some are uninsured, others have high-deductible health insurance or even more comprehensive coverage that covers most costs (so long as they stay in-network and the insurer decides covers the treatment, … Continue reading

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