+ I. Medi-Share Senior Assist Standards and Purpose

A. Biblical Model
B. Have a Vote 
C.Guidelines Govern
D.No Ministry or Other Member Liability

A. Biblical Model

Senior Assist is part of Medi-Share, a healthcare sharing ministry program administered by Christian Care Ministry, Inc. (“Christian Care Ministry” or “CCM”). Christian Care Ministry is a Florida not for profit corporation that is recognized as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).

The purpose of Medi-Share is to bring Christians together to share God’s blessings and to share each other’s burdens. The concept of “sharing” is not new. For centuries, Christians all over the world have shared their lives, resources, and blessings as first outlined in the book of Acts.

Each month, the Members of Medi-Share contribute toward the Eligible Medical Bills of other Medi-Share Members. As the administrator of the Medi-Share program, Christian Care Ministry facilitates this sharing process by publishing medical bills that are eligible for sharing. Those bills are paid with the funds of Members who faithfully share. The following Guidelines explain the program requirements and how CCM facilitates medical bill sharing. 

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B. Have a Vote

Medi-Share Members have the opportunity to help create, amend and change these program Guidelines. Changes to the Guidelines may be made by the following:

1) By the Members – Once or twice a year, ballots with significant proposed changes to the Guidelines are submitted to the Members for voting. If at least 67% of the Members voting approve a Guideline change, then the change will be implemented.

2) By the Medi-Share Steering Committee – The Medi-Share Steering Committee is a group of Medi-Share Members. They are independent of CCM staff and not controlled by CCM’s Board of Directors. The Steering Committee may modify the Guidelines on the Members’ behalf if the changes do not involve major new restrictions or relaxations.

3) By the Board of Directors – The CCM Board of Directors aims to strengthen the Medi-Share program and/or protect its Members. They act independent of CCM staff. The Board may modify these Guidelines. Proposed Guideline changes by the Board of Directors must be presented to the Members on an upcoming ballot within 12 months of the Effective Date of the Board action. If the change is ratified by at least 67% of Members voting, then the change will become permanent. If not, the Guideline change will revert to its previous version at the close of balloting.

A list of Guideline changes is available at MyChristianCare.org for at least 24 months from the date of the change. 

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C. Guidelines Govern

The Guidelines current at the time of service govern the program, not the Guidelines in effect when a Member joined. The most current version of the Guidelines is available at MyChristianCare.org. The Guidelines are final and will overrule any verbal statement made by anyone regarding the Medi-Share program.

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D. No Ministry or Other Member Liability

Medi-Share is not insurance. Medi-Share is a Healthcare Sharing Ministry as outlined in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. Each Medi-Share Member is solely responsible for the payment of his or her own medical bills at all times. Neither CCM nor other Members guarantee or shall be liable for the payment of a Member’s medical bill. Further, no Member may or shall be compelled to make sharing contributions. If sharing occurs, the shared medical bills are paid by the Member that incurred the bill solely from voluntary contributions of Members, not from funds of CCM itself.

Neither CCM, Medi-Share nor its Members are insurance or an insurance company. The payment of your medical bills through Medi-Share or otherwise is not guaranteed in any way. Medi-Share is not, and should never be construed as, a contract for insurance or a substitute for insurance. There is no transfer of risk for any purpose from a Member to CCM or from a Member to other Members; nor is there a contract of indemnity between CCM and any Member or between the Members themselves. 

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+ II.Membership Qualifications

A. Christian Testimony
B. Healthy Lifestyle
C. Application Review
D. Non-U.S. Citizens
E. 65 Years of Age and Older

 

A. Christian Testimony
Medi-Share membership is built on a foundation of like ideals agreed upon by the Members. The peace of mind of knowing the people sharing your contributions are not using your money for things that conflict with your faith is a blessing many Members enjoy.

All adult Members must attest to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. A church leader may be interviewed to verify their testimony.

Adult Members profess the following Statement of Faith to qualify for Medi-Share membership:

  • I believe that there is one God eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • I believe that the Bible is God's written revelation to man and that it is verbally inspired, authoritative and without error.
  • I believe in the deity of Jesus Christ—His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.
  • I believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life.
  • I believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin was alienated from God. Alienation can be removed only by accepting God's gift of salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-10) which was made possible by Christ's death and resurrection. This faith will be evidenced by the works that we do (James 2:17).


All Members agree to the following:

  • Live by biblical standards
  • Believers are to bear one another's burdens
  • Attend and actively support a fellowship of believers regularly 

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B. Healthy Lifestyle
Members highly value the biblical principle that our physical bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be kept pure. Members should strive to maintain healthy lifestyles, as this glorifies God and keeps medical costs down. Examples of unhealthy lifestyles include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Use of tobacco
  • Use of illegal drugs

Applicants need to have abstained from the use of tobacco or illegal drugs for at least the 12 months prior to application in order to be eligible for membership. Applicants attest that they have not abused legal drugs, such as prescriptions or over-the-counter medication, or alcohol for at least the 12 months prior to application in order to be eligible for membership.

Members must only engage in sexual relations within a Biblical Christian marriage, which is a union of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:22-24, Mat. 19:5, Eph. 5:22-32). 

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C. Application Review
Applicants provide medical and lifestyle information during the application process. It may be necessary for applicants to have providers submit medical records.

If a Member or Applicant becomes aware of any medical history or lifestyle issue (See Section IV. G.) not reported during the application process, that information should be immediately submitted in writing to CCM. If information is omitted, medical bills may not be shared and/or membership may be cancelled.

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D. Non-U.S. Citizens
Permanent U.S. residents with a Permanent Resident Card or current visa and a Social Security number who live full-time in the U.S. can qualify for Medi-Share membership. A physical examination and other medical tests may be necessary to determine whether or not the Applicant qualifies. If a Member ceases to be a legal resident of the U.S., he or she no longer qualifies for Medi-Share. Eligible Medical Bills incurred while not a legal resident of the U.S. are not eligible for sharing. Continuing to submit Monthly Shares once disqualified does not extend membership.

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E. 65 Years of Age and Older
A Member must be 65 or older to participate in Senior Assist and must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. Senior Assist is for individuals only

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+ III. The Member's Role

A. Medi-Share is Not a Substitute for Insurance Required By Law 
B. Individual Financial Institution Accounts 
C. Review Monthly Share Notice 
D. Prayer and Sharing 
E. Sharing Assistance 
F. Cancellations and Withdrawals
G. Reapplication After Cancellation

A. Medi-Share is Not a Substitute for Insurance Required By Law

Medi-Share is not insurance. However, Medi-Share can be used as a substitute for or an exemption from mandated insurance coverage in the following circumstances:

  • to satisfy the federal mandate that became effective January 1, 2014 requiring "applicable individuals" to maintain "minimum essential [insurance] coverage";
  • to satisfy the Massachusetts requirement to maintain "minimum creditable [insurance] coverage."

These are the only exceptions. Otherwise, Members must not certify that Medi-Share is insurance to avoid purchasing insurance required by law, rule or regulation (e.g. worker’s compensation insurance or sports activity insurance). 

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B. Individual Financial Institutions

To make Medi-Share more convenient for Members, Members share with each other using individual bank accounts at a financial institution. Members complete the following:

  1. Open and maintain an account with the designated financial instution
  2. Sign a Limited Power of Attorney agreement

This account is for sharing medical bills between Members. The agreement gives CCM the ability to facilitate Member-to-Member sharing. 

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C. Review Monthly Share Notice

Members receive monthly notices regarding their Monthly Share amount. Members, who want to participate in sharing, deposit their Monthly Share amount into their individual accounts for facilitation of bill sharing and continued membership. Members contribute an additional amount to the Extra Blessing fund when Monthly Shares are deposited after the due date. This contribution is $5.00 or 5% of the late amount, whichever is greater (see Section IV. K..)

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D. Praying and Sharing

An added benefit of being involved in Medi-Share is the community within the membership. Your Monthly Share Portion is assigned to another Member or other Members for sharing of their Eligible Medical Bills. Contact information of those receiving your Monthly Share Portion is published on the secure website, MyChristianCare.org. Members register with a username and password to view this secure information. This information is available so Members may pray for each other and send cards, letters or emails of encouragement. Many have expressed how blessed they are by their fellow Members who reach out to them.

To review the latest Member prayer needs, visit the PrayerStream at MyChristianCare.org. To request prayer support, Members can call Member Services at (800) 264-2562.

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E. Sharing Assistance

Christian Care Ministry understands some medical situations may cause financial hardship for Medi-Share Members. Monthly Shares may be waived for up to 3 months per 12 month period if a Member’s illness or injury causes loss of income. This is subject to the approval of and monthly review by CCM. The Member is to submit supporting evidence regarding the situation. The illness or injury cannot be related to a medical condition, diagnosis, or treatment listed in Section IV. I.


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F. Cancellations and Withdrawals


Medi-Share membership will be cancelled if a Member does not deposit the Monthly Share for more than two months. The Cancellation Date will be the last day of the month for which the last Monthly Share was deposited. Only medical bills incurred on or before the Cancellation Date will be considered for sharing.

To prevent cancellation, Members can deposit each Monthly Share plus the late fee for Extra Blessings (See Section IV. K.). This deposit needs to be made within two months from the earliest due date. Medical bills incurred during that time may still be submitted for sharing consideration.

If a Member wishes to withdraw his or her individual membership, they should notify CCM by mail, e-mail, fax or phone. This action must be taken at least 15 days before the desired Cancellation Date. All changes in membership are effective on the first day of the applicable month.

Mail:
P.O. Box 120099
West Melbourne, FL 32912-0099

E-mail: memberservices@medi-share.org
Fax: (321) 308-7779
Phone: (800) 264-2562 

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G. Reapplication After Cancellation

Members who were cancelled for not sharing faithfully are welcome to reapply. If approved for membership, medical bills will be shared after the first three months of the new membership term. All medical conditions arising before the date of reapplication will be subject to the Guidelines, including those outlined in Section IV. H. This includes the medical conditions that arose during the prior Medi-Share membership. 

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+ IV. Details of Sharing

A. Annual Household Portion (AHP)
B. Maximum Sharing Limits
C. Medicare Allowable and Approved Treatment 
D. Hospitalization Expenses 
E.  Out of Country Urgent Care
F.  Blood
G.  Lifestyle Issues
H.  Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
I.  Medical Conditions and Services Not Eligible for Sharing
J.  Conflict of Interest
K. Extra Blessing

 A. Annual Household Portion (AHP)

The Annual Household Portion (AHP) is $1,250 for all Senior Assist Members. The AHP is the dollar amount that a Member agrees to pay toward Eligible Medical Bills before any eligible bill may be shared among the Members. The AHP amount resets every 12 months on the Effective Date. Eligible Medical Bills are published to the Members for sharing after the Member’s AHP is met.

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B. Maximum Sharing Limits

Each Member enjoys sharing of his or her Eligible Medical Bills with no annual or lifetime limit.

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C. Medicare Allowable and Approved Treatment 

Because Senior Assist Members are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, sharing of Eligible Medical Bills will be secondary to Medicare. Once the AHP has been met, the portion of Eligible Medical Bills that Medicare has not paid (the difference between the Medicare allowable amount and the amount paid) will be published for sharing, subject to the provisions of these Guidelines.

Medical bills will be eligible for sharing in those instances where Medicare Parts A and B have approved treatment, but do not pay all or part of the treatment, except for those conditions or services listed below in Sections IV. G. and H. This includes copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and "excess charges or fees", (as defined by Medicare). It is the Member’s responsibility to know what conditions and services are covered by Medicare. See www.medicare.gov or call 1 800 MEDICARE (1 800 633 4227) for more information. 

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D. Hospitalization Expenses 

  1. Copayments for hospitalization expenses from the 61st through the 90th day of any Medicare "benefit period" (as defined by Medicare).
  2. Copayments for any hospital confinement beyond the 90th day in a "benefit period," up to 60 days during the Member’s lifetime.
  3. Medicare-eligible hospital charges for a period of up to 365 additional days during the Member’s lifetime after the Member has exhausted all Medicare hospital benefits. 

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E. Out of Country Urgent Care

Sharing for Members who are traveling out of the country or serving as missionaries outside of the United States will be limited to medically necessary urgent care as Medicare does not pay for medical care received outside of the United States. Eighty percent of the billed charges for out of country urgent care that Medicare would have paid if it was provided in the United States, up to a $150,000 lifetime maximum, will be eligible for sharing.  

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F. Blood

The cost of the first three pints of blood or equivalent quantities of packed red blood cells, including transportation and processing costs, if the blood is purchased, rather than donated, from a blood bank or a blood donor will be eligible for sharing.

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G. Lifestyle Issues
Members must follow the Christian lifestyle and agree to the Statement of Faith. This is essential for medical bills to be shared. Examples of behavior that can lead to non-sharing and/or cancellation of membership include, but are not limited to:

  • the use of tobacco in any form
  • the use of illegal drugs
  • the abuse of drugs including legal drugs, such as, alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • sexual relations outside of Biblical Christian marriage, which is a union of one man and one woman
  • participation in activities that represent a willful disregard for personal safety  

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H. Pre-Existing Medical Conditions or Related Conditions
A medical bill for diagnosis or treatment of a pre-existing medical condition will be eligible for sharing, provided it meets the other requirements for sharing contained in these guidelines.

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I. Medical Conditions and Services Not Eligible for Sharing

If a medical bill is related to a diagnosis, treatment or procedure that is ineligible for sharing in any way, then that medical bill is also ineligible.
A condition or service will not be eligible for sharing if:

  1. the medical bills related to that condition or service have not been submitted to or processed by Medicare;
  2. the charges have already been paid by Medicare
  3. the services are not approved by Medicare Part A or B, except for urgent care when out of the country (see Section IV. E.).

Listed below are additional treatments, medical conditions, procedures, and services that are not eligible for sharing:

  • Abortion of a live fetus (baby)
  • Bill(s) originally received by CCM more than 6 months from the date of the Medicare EOB.
  • Charges that do not follow proper coding guidelines
  • Fertility/Infertility care—including but not limited to: birth control procedures (such as IUD, and/or related supplies), infertility testing and treatment, sterilization or reversals (vasectomy and tubal ligation)
  • Illegal acts—Any charges for any condition, disability or expense resulting from or sustained as a result of being engaged in the commission of or attempted commission of an assault or felonious act or other illegal acts
  • Intentionally self-inflicted injuries (e.g. suicide or attempted suicide)
  • Related conditions -- Members do not share medical bills for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition or complications associated with or resulting from a diagnosis, treatment or procedure that is not eligible for sharing.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV – Exceptions include innocent transmission via transfusion, verified rape, in the practice of a healthcare profession or sex within marriage.
  • Skilled nursing facility care from the 101st day and beyond 

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J. Conflicts of Interest

Medical bills will be ineligible for sharing if the provider or ordering provider is related to the Member by blood, marriage, or adoption or if the Member has a financial interest in the provider. Exceptions must be approved by CCM prior to treatment.

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K. Extra Blessings

Members offer Extra Blessing contributions to further support the biblical concept of sharing one another’s burdens. Members with significant medical bills ineligible for sharing can receive financial assistance from these Extra Blessings contributions. A list of Members who have requested Extra Blessings assistance is published with the Monthly Share notices.

Extra Blessings donations can be:

  • Sent directly to Members on the list
  • Sent directly to CCM* 
  • Pledged monthly through Monthly Shares* 

*These contributions are tax deductible. 

One hundred percent (100%) of Extra Blessings gifts received by CCM are distributed on a pro-rated basis to the Members on the Extra Blessings List. For more information, Members should contact Member Services at (800) 264-2562.

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+ V. Conditions of Sharing

Medi-Share is Not a Substitute for Insurance Required by Law

Medi-Share is not insurance. However, Medi-Share can be used as a substitute for or exemption from mandated insurance coverage in the following circumstances:

  • to satisfy the federal mandate that became effective January 1, 2014 requiring "applicable individuals" to maintain "minimum essential [insurance] coverage"
  • to satisfy the Massachusetts requirement to maintain "minimum creditable [insurance] coverage"

These are the only exceptions. Otherwise, Members must not certify that Medi-Share is insurance to avoid purchasing insurance required by law, rule or regulation (for example, worker’s compensation insurance or sports activity insurance). 

+ VI. Motorized Vehicle Accidents

A. Age, Safety Equipment and Lifestyle 
B. Motorcycle Injuries 
C. Reporting Injuries


A. Age, Safety Equipment and Lifestyle

If a motor vehicle or aircraft accident occurs, there are some additional considerations for sharing eligibility. Diagnosis and treatment of injuries will not be eligible to be shared if any of the following applies:

  • There was abuse of alcohol or legal drugs, or the use of illegal drugs.
  • The vehicle or aircraft was used in a race, to perform a stunt, or in the commission of a crime.
  • The minimum operator age recommended by the manufacturer or required by law was not followed.

These apply regardless of whether the Member was operating the vehicle or was a passenger.

Helmets and seatbelts are expected to be worn when they are legally required. If either was not used but was legally required, Members have an additional Member portion. This additional amount is calculated as 15% of the first $100,000 of Eligible Medical Bills related to a motorized vehicle or aircraft accident. This 15% is in addition to the Member’s AHP.

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B. Motorcycle Injuries

A Member can receive up to $100,000 in sharing of Eligible Medical Bills toward diagnosis and treatment of motorcycle accident injuries incurred in a 12-month period. A motorcycle is defined as a two-wheeled, motorized vehicle with an engine size displacement of at least 50 cubic centimeters. A Member who is injured, while on a motorcycle used to perform mission work outside of the U.S., is exempt from this $100,000 limit.

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C. Reporting Injuries 

Members call Member Services (800-264-2562) to report injury details of motorized vehicle accidents. The following documents may be necessary to determine eligibility for sharing: 

  • A copy of the insurance policy for an owned vehicle or aircraft (or the contract if rented or leased)
  • The official accident report
  • Medical records relating to the care and transportation of the injured Member(s)
  • Information that pertains to other vehicle(s) and parties involved in the accident

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+ VII. Medi-Share is Secondary to Other Sources

A. Members Entitled to Insurance or Other Benefits 
B. Injury on the Property of Another 
C. Medi-Share and Subrogation 

A. Members Entitled to Insurance or Other Benefits

There are many benefits to participating in a healthcare sharing ministry. However, it is important Members understand Medi-Share is not insurance. If a Member has insurance or is eligible/qualified for any of the following, the Member must cooperate with CCM in qualifying for such payments:

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Fraternal benefits designed to pay all or part of medical bill(s)

Those resources must be exhausted before medical bill(s) will be considered for sharing.

There is an incentive for Members who apply, qualify, and receive benefits from Medicaid or any private benevolence program. Members can receive a share credit of 10% of the total Eligible Medical Bills the program paid. This credit is for a maximum of 12 months of reduced or waived shares. This incentive is only applied to the Monthly Sharing Portion. Members will still need to deposit their Monthly Administrative Portion and other fees in full. 

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B. Injury on the Property of Another 

If a Member is injured on the property of another, the following apply:

  • Members are encouraged to work with CCM to pursue claims against the property owner.
  • If the injury is a result of an incident eligible for worker’s compensation or negligence on the part of the property owner, the Member must cooperate with CCM in the pursuit of the claim before medical bill(s) will be considered for sharing.  

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C. Medi-Share and Subrogation  

Christian Care Ministry, Inc. (“CCM”), for the benefit of Members, will be subrogated to any and all rights that a Member has against any and all parties responsible for causing the injuries or illnesses for amounts Members provided to or for the benefit of the Member, including any and all first monies paid (or payable) to or on behalf of the Member and regardless of whether or not the Member has been made whole. CCM, for the benefit of Member, will also be reimbursed for any and all amounts Members provide to or on behalf of a Member as a result of injuries or illnesses which result from the actions or liability of a third party, and/or which result in a settlement, judgment or other award or recovery to or by a Member from a third party tortfeasor, including any person or entity liable for or indemnifying the Member. CCM’s subrogation rights for the benefit of Members are listed below and a Member’s membership in Medi-Share is subject to and conditioned upon fulfillment of the following terms and conditions. 

  1. CCM, once Members have made payment of any amount to or for the benefit of the Member, is granted a lien for the benefit of Members on the proceeds of any payment, settlement, judgment, or other remuneration received by the Member from a third party tortfeasor, person or entity, and the Member hereby consents to this lien and agrees to take any actions or steps necessary to secure this lien and help CCM recover same;
  2. CCM is granted a specific right of reimbursement for the benefit of Members out of the proceeds of any settlement, judgment, or other payment by a third party tortfeasor, person, or entity to or on behalf of the Member. Until reimbursement is received in full, CCM is entitled to the right of setoff against any eligible sharing requests of the Member or any Member of the Member’s family to recover the reimbursement amount on behalf of the Members. This right of reimbursement is separate and apart from the subrogation rights of CCM and are limited only by the actual amount provided by Members to or for the benefit of the Member;
  3. The Member and his attorney, if he has one, shall execute and deliver a subrogation agreement to CCM and any and all other instruments, documents or papers necessary to affect and/or secure subrogation and reimbursement rights;
  4. The Member agrees to and is obligated to cooperate with CCM and/or any and all representatives of CCM, including subrogation counsel, in completing discovery, attending depositions, and/or attending or cooperating in trial in order to affect CCM’s subrogation rights for the benefit of Members. Furthermore, the Member shall do nothing to prejudice the aforementioned subrogation rights. The Member must freely give any and all information surrounding any accident that CCM or its subrogation counsel or representatives may deem necessary to fully investigate the injuries or illness or that may affect these subrogation rights.
  5. CCM’s subrogation, reimbursement and lien rights, as stated above, apply to any recoveries made by the Member as a result of the injuries sustained or illness suffered for which amounts were provided to or for the benefit of the Member by other Members, including but not limited to the following;
    1. Any award or settlement or benefits paid under any workers’ compensation law or award;
    2. Any and all payments made directly by a third party tortfeasor, person, entity, or any insurance company on behalf of the third party tortfeasor or any payments or installments made to the Member on behalf of the third party tortfeasors, person, or entity responsible for indemnifying the third party tortfeasors;
    3. Any arbitration awards, payments, settlements, structured settlements, or other benefits paid by an insurance company under an uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage policy, whether on behalf of the Member, his employer or any other person;
    4. Any other payments designated, delineated, earmarked, or intended to be paid to the Member as compensation, restitution, or remuneration for injuries sustained or illnesses suffered as the result of the negligence, or liability, including contractual, of a third party.
  6. No Member may assign any rights or causes of action that he or she might have against a third party tortfeasor, person, or entity, which would grant the Member the right to recover medical expenses or other damages, without the express, prior written consent of CCM. CCM’s subrogation and reimbursement rights for the benefit of Medi-Share Members apply even if the Member has died as a result of his or her injuries and is asserting a wrongful death or survivor claim against the third party tortfeasor under the laws of any state. CCM’s right to recover by subrogation or reimbursement shall thus apply to any settlements, recoveries, or causes of action owned or obtained by a descendent, minor, incompetent or disabled person. 
  7. CCM’s right of subrogation and reimbursement, as set forth herein, will not be affected, reduced, or eliminated by the “made whole doctrine” or any other equitable doctrine or law which requires the Member to be “made whole” before subrogation rights are allowed. Furthermore, it is prohibited for a Member or beneficiaries to settle a claim against a third party for certain elements of damages, but eliminating damages relating to medical expenses incurred. 
  8. CCM’s right of subrogation and reimbursement for the benefit of Members will not be reduced or affected as a result of any fault or claim on the part of the Member, whether under the doctrines of imperative causation, comparative fault or contributory negligence, or any other similar doctrine in law. Accordingly, any so called “lien reduction statutes” which attempt to apply such laws and reduce a subrogation recovery for any reason, including contributory negligence, will not be applicable to CCM and will not reduce CCM’s subrogation recovery. Amounts provided to or for the benefit of the Member by other Members are secondary to any benefits or coverage provided under any no-fault laws or similar legislation or no-fault-type insurance. 
  9. Upon providing CCM with a copy of its fee agreement with the Member and a copy of the settlement agreement, judgment, arbitration award or other document evidencing a recovery obtained on behalf of the Member, the attorney for the Member, if any, may reduce CCM’s lien by an amount equal to the lesser of (1) the proportional share of the attorney’s actual fees incurred in obtaining the recovery for the Member or (2) thirty three percent (33%). Except as otherwise provided in the preceding sentence, CCM will not be responsible for any expenses, fees, costs, or other monies incurred by the attorney for the Member or his beneficiaries, commonly known as the common fund doctrine. The Member is specifically prohibited from incurring any expenses, costs, or fees on behalf of CCM in pursuit of his rights of recovery against a third party or CCM’s subrogation/reimbursement rights as set forth herein. No court costs, experts’ fees, filing fees or other costs or expenses of a litigation nature may be deducted from CCM’s recovery for the benefit of Medi-Share Members. 

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+ VIII. Appeals

A. Impartiality 
B. Sharing Appeal   
C. Biblically-Based Mediation and Arbitration 

A. Impartiality 

Christian Care Ministry serves Members who share in the burdens of fellow Christians. CCM does not gain financially by determining medical bills are ineligible for sharing among Members. CCM is a not-for-profit corporation, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CCM has no owners, stockholders or investors. CCM impartially carries out the wishes of the Members as expressed in these Medi-Share Guidelines.

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B. Sharing Appeal 

A Member can appeal bill-sharing decisions with which they disagree. Before appealing, a Member should engage in careful thought and prayer about whether he or she honestly believes an error was made. Members have 90 days from the day the decision in question was made to request a review by CCM. 

A Member can issue an appeal if he or she believes:

  • the medical records were misread,
  • the Guidelines were misapplied, or
  • one or more of the Member’s providers incorrectly recorded the medical history.

After a review by CCM, if the Member disagrees with CCM’s decision, the Member has 90 days to request a review by a Seven Member Appeal Panel. CCM and the Member will both submit a written position statement to the panel. A teleconference will be held where the panel can ask questions of both the Member and CCM. A simple majority vote (four out of seven) will carry the decision. 

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C. Biblically-Based Mediation and Arbitration

As Christians, the Members and the staff of Christian Care Ministry believe that the Bible commands them to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other in private or within the Christian community in conformity with the biblical injunctions of 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, Matthew 5:23-24, and Matthew 18:15-20. Therefore, the parties agree that any claim or dispute arising out of, or related to, this agreement or any aspect thereof, including claims under federal, state, local statutory or common law, the law of contract or law of tort, that may remain after a Member has exhausted his appeals provided for in Section VIII. B., including a determination whether this arbitration provision is valid, shall be settled by biblically-based mediation. The mediation shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries (complete text of the rules is available at HisPeace.org), with each party to bear their own costs, attorney’s fees and 50% of the mediator’s fee, and with the mediation filing fee to be borne by CCM. 

If resolution of the dispute and reconciliation do not result from mediation, the matter shall then be submitted to an independent and objective arbitrator for binding arbitration. The parties agree that the arbitration process will also be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation, with each party to bear their own costs, attorney’s fees, and 50% of the arbitrator’s fee, and with the arbitration filing fee to be borne by CCM. Each party shall agree to the selection of the arbitrator. If there is an impasse in the selection of the arbitrator, the parties agree that the Institute for Christian Conciliation shall choose the arbitrator.

The parties agree that these methods of dispute resolution shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement, and they expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit against one another in any civil court for such disputes, except to enforce a legally binding arbitration decision.

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+ Glossary of Terms

Annual Household Portion (AHP) – The dollar amount a Member Household must pay toward their Eligible Medical Bills during a 12-month period before their bills will be published for sharing. The AHP 12-month period begins with the Effective Date. 

Biblical Christian Marriage - A marriage which is a union of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:22-24, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:22-32)

Cancellation Date – The month and day membership ends due to the Member’s withdrawal, for reasons including not following the Guidelines or for nonpayment of monthly shares.

Effective Date – The month and day membership begins or the month and day of the most recent Annual Household Portion (AHP) change. Effective Date is used to determine when the 12-month period begins and ends for the purpose of the Annual Household Portion. 

Illegal Drugs - Drugs which are classified as Class 1 in Title 21 United States Code Controlled Substances Act.

Incident - The occurrence of an illness or an injury of a member, requiring a diagnosis of symptoms and treatment of a specific condition.

Eligible Medical Bill – An incurred medical bill determined to be eligible for sharing according to the Guidelines. The Eligible Medical Bill will be reduced by any discounts, fees or other sources of payment.

Explanation of Sharing (EOS)
– A statement for Members and providers that reflects how medical bills are processed. The EOS reports how much of the bill was shared, how much was discounted through the PPO network, and the amount of the Member’s responsibility, if any.

Member - Any Member of Medi-Share, including each family member participating in a Member Household.

Member Household – Every member who participates in Medi-Share with his or her immediate family under the same monthly share and AHP. A single Member is also considered a Member Household.

Monthly Share - The dollar amount that a Member faithfully contributes each month as his or her Monthly Sharing Portion and Monthly Administrative Portion. The Monthly Share is subject to change without notice. 

  • Monthly Sharing Portion - The dollar amount of a Monthly Share that pays all or part of one or more of another Member’s Eligible Medical Bills. 
  • Monthly Administrative Portion - The dollar amount of a Monthly Share that is transferred to CCM for the payment of its administrative expenses.


Published Bill
– A bill that is eligible for sharing based on the Guidelines and meets the other criteria for sharing, including whether the member’s AHP has been met and if other sharing limits have not been exceeded.

Published for sharing—The act of notifying the membership of an Eligible Medical Bill prior to its release for sharing using available Members’ shares.

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