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Sacramento Residents Say No to Health Insurance Rate Hikes—Exempted from Mandate to Buy Expensive Insurance

Federal Legislation Exempts Religious Healthcare Sharing Organization Members from Calif. Insurance Hikes

MELBOURNE, Fla., May 24, 2011—As California regulators continue to debate the need to restrict excessive health insurance rate hikes, many Sacramento residents rest knowing rate hikes will not impact them. Fortunately, a little-known exemption in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exempts Sacramento resident Rebecca Gertner and many other Sacramento families from federally mandated health insurance.

In the midst of a shaky economy, Gertner is more than happy to save money wherever he can . . . even on healthcare. She and her family are members of Medi-Share—a healthcare sharing ministry where members provide financial resources directly to one another to pay medical costs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (section 1311(d)(H); page 128) exempts members of healthcare sharing ministries from healthcare law mandate. Gertner and her family of five are just a few of the estimated 100,000 people across the U.S. who are members of healthcare sharing organizations. (See who else is exempt from the healthcare law.)

Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry, offers more than just a way for people to share each other’s medical expenses. Not insurance, Medi-Share is a community of like-minded people who come together to encourage one another, promote healthy living and share each other’s healthcare costs. And, because members share a common set of religious beliefs, they do not contribute to medical expenses related to abortions or other medical misfortunes resulting from lifestyle choices that run contrary to biblical values. Many of these services that run contrary to Christian beliefs are covered under the new healthcare law. Thus, Medi-Share offers significant savings when compared to the average insurance premium. (See a timeline of when healthcare law provisions go into effect.)

Sharing medical bills through Medi-Share has saved individuals an average of 32 percent (or $945) per year and families an average of 47 percent (or $2,944) per year when compared to paying an average insurance premium (source:
A Comprehensive Survey of Premiums, Availability, and Benefits; AHIP Center for Policy and Research, 2009).

"Given that rate hikes are expected in California, many residents will need more affordable ways to manage their healthcare expenses" said Tony Meggs, president of Christian Care Ministry. "Fortunately, there are options that have already proven successful in driving down costs and yielding healthier lifestyles."

Since it began in 1993, Medi-Share has been successful in facilitating the sharing of medical costs, with more than $435 million in medical costs shared by members. Due to its large network of providers, members have also saved an additional $115 million in discounted medical costs.

Medi-Share is not health insurance since its members remain ultimately responsible for their own medical bills and there is no pooling of funds as practiced by insurance groups. However, during its 17-year history, Medi-Share members have faithfully shared their resources to pay all eligible medical expenses.

Christian Care Ministry has provided biblical healthcare solutions for 17 years. More than just healthcare, it is a community of people who pray for and encourage one another, and a team of professionals who promote and support living a healthy, biblical lifestyle through programs: Medi-Share, Restore, Manna and Healthy Church.

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STRANGERS PROVIDE MISSIONARY IN KOREA MORE THAN $140,000 FOR LIFE-SAVING, BREAST CANCER TREATMENT

MELBOURNE, Fla., March 23, 2011— Susan Willing was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 while serving as a missionary in South Korea. While even a minor health issue can result in medical expenses well outside of the budget of a missionary, Susan and her husband, John, were not worried. Since 2001, the Willings have participated in Medi-Share—a healthcare sharing ministry where members share financial resources to directly pay one another’s medical costs. Their Medi-Share community shared more than $140,000 in medical bills for Susan’s surgery and chemotherapy, all while she and John continued their work with Korean children.

As healthcare insurance for the average family is expected to increase by as much as $8,800 by 2016, missionaries living on already sparse funds must search for other options. Fortunately a little-known exemption in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exempts members of healthcare sharing ministries from federally-mandated health insurance, allowing Christians, including American missionaries (serving both in the States and abroad), to put their faith into practice without incurring high health insurance costs.

“In the midst of doctor’s appointments, cancer treatments and trying to continue to serve as a missionary, it was a relief knowing I didn’t have to worry about my medical bills,” said Susan Willing. “Once I had my bills translated into English and mailed them in to Medi-Share, the community of Christians faithfully shared my cancer expenses. I also was comforted knowing the Christian Care Ministry community was praying for my recovery. The wonderful news is that today I am cancer free and the ministry my family worked to establish in Korea is thriving.”

Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry, offers like-minded people the opportunity to pray for and encourage one another, promote healthy living and share each other’s healthcare costs. And, because members share a common set of religious beliefs, they do not contribute to medical expenses related to abortions or other medical misfortunes resulting from lifestyle choices that run contrary to biblical values.

Sharing medical bills through Medi-Share has saved individuals an average of 32 percent (or $945 per year) and families an average of 47 percent (or $2,944 per year) when compared to paying an average insurance premium (source: A Comprehensive Survey of Premiums, Availability, and Benefits; AHIP Center for Policy and Research, 2009).

“The cost of health insurance for the average family is expected to dramatically increase in the next five years,” said Robert Baldwin, president of Christian Care Ministry. “Fortunately, there are options that have already been proven successful in driving down costs and yielding healthier lifestyles.”


Interview Opportunities:

 Susan Willing or another missionary who faced significant healthcare costs while serving abroad and bills were shared by fellow Christians back in the U.S.

 President of Christian Care Ministry, Robert Baldwin


Since it began in 1993, Medi-Share has been successful in facilitating the sharing of medical costs, with more than $400 million in medical costs shared by members. Due to its large network of providers, members have also saved an additional $100 million in discounted medical costs.

Medi-Share is not health insurance since its members remain ultimately responsible for their own medical bills and there is no pooling of funds as practiced by insurance groups. However, during its 17-year history, Medi-Share members have faithfully shared their resources to pay all eligible medical expenses.

Christian Care Ministry has provided biblical healthcare solutions for 17 years. More than just healthcare, it is a community of people who pray for and encourage one another, and a team of professionals who promote and support living a healthy, biblical lifestyle through programs: Medi-Share, Restore, Manna and Healthy Church.

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ORLANDO RESIDENT SAYS NO TO HEALTHCARE LAW

Legislation Exempts Religious Healthcare Sharing Organizations


MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 11, 2010—In the midst of a shaky economy, Orlando resident Jeff Coats is more than happy to save money wherever he can. . . even on healthcare. He and his wife are members of Medi-Share—a healthcare sharing ministry where members share financial resources to directly pay one another’s medical costs. A little-known exemption in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (section 1311(d) (H); Page 128) exempts them from compliance. Jeff and his wife are just two of the estimated 100,000 people across the U.S. who are members of healthcare sharing organizations. (See who else is exempt from the healthcare law.)

Medi-Share, a program of Florida-based Christian Care Ministry, offers more than just a way for people to share each other’s medical expenses. Not insurance, Medi-Share is a community of like-minded people who come together to encourage one another, promote healthy living and share each other’s healthcare costs. And, because members share a common set of religious beliefs, they do not contribute to medical expenses related to abortions or other medical misfortunes resulting from lifestyle choices that run contrary to biblical values. Many of these services that run contrary to Christian beliefs are covered under the new healthcare law. Thus, Medi-Share offers significant savings when compared to the average insurance premium. (See a timeline of when healthcare law provisions go into effect.)

Sharing medical bills through Medi-Share has saved individuals an average of 32 percent (or $945 per year) and families an average of 47 percent (or $2,944 per year) when compared to paying an average insurance premium (source: A Comprehensive Survey of Premiums, Availability, and Benefits; AHIP Center for Policy and Research, 2009).

“The cost of health insurance for the average family could increase by as much as $8,800 by 2016 while income wage will only increase by $2,315 during that same time period,” said Robert Baldwin, president of Christian Care Ministry. “Fortunately, there are options that have already been proven successful in driving down costs and yielding healthier lifestyles.” (Sources: An Analysis of Health Insurance Premiums Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Act; Congressional Budget Office, 2009; Trends in Productivity and Wages; Consensus Economics, 2010)


Interview Opportunities:

 Local resident who is exempt from healthcare law because of healthcare sharing ministry membership

 Robert Baldwin, president of Christian Care Ministry


Since it began in 1993, Medi-Share has been successful in facilitating the sharing of medical costs, with more than $400 million in medical costs shared by members. Due to its large network of providers, members have also saved an additional $100 million in discounted medical costs.

Medi-Share is not health insurance since its members remain ultimately responsible for their own medical bills and there is no pooling of funds as practiced by insurance groups. However, during its 17-year history, Medi-Share members have faithfully shared their resources to pay all eligible medical expenses.

Christian Care Ministry has provided biblical healthcare solutions for 17 years. More than just healthcare, it is a community of people who pray for and encourage one another, and a team of professionals who promote and support living a healthy, biblical lifestyle through programs: Medi-Share, Restore, Manna and Healthy Church.

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Seniors Live By Faith, Sharing Medical Bills with Strangers Across the U.S.

First Faith-based Program Available to Assist
Seniors with Medigap Expenses



MELBOURNE, Fla., July 13, 2011 - This month, Christian Care Ministry announces the first and only faith-based program assisting seniors with expenses not paid by Medicare. Medi-Share Senior Assist is a healthcare sharing program where members share financial resources to pay each other's medical expenses not covered, or only partially covered, by Medicare. For 18 years, Medi-Share members have shared more than $435 million in bills. Now with Medi-Share Senior Assist, those 65 and older can share medical bills in a unique way that best fits their needs as they age.

Some 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 today and every day for the next 20 years. Deciding how to manage their healthcare costs-many on a fixed and limited income - will be no easy task for most of them. Though the options can be overwhelming, many seniors are turning to their faith for guidance.

"For the past 11 years, I've had bills shared with Medi-Share members for several health issues, including many emergency visits," said Raymond Roberts. "As I prepare to turn 65 in a few months, I've been considering my options and decided on Medi-Share Senior Assist because it allows me to be part of a community of people like myself who are supporting each other financially and prayerfully through the challenges of aging."

Medi-Share Senior Assist, a program of Christian Care Ministry, offers like-minded seniors the opportunity to pray for and encourage each other, promote healthy living and share each other’s healthcare costs. And because members share a common set of religious beliefs, they do not contribute to medical expenses related to medical misfortunes resulting from lifestyle choices that run contrary to biblical values. Regardless of age and health issues that may occur, all Medi-Share Senior Assist members contribute the same amount each month.

"We understand many baby boomers are facing retirement with underfunded pension funds and not enough savings," said Tony Meggs, president of Christian Care Ministry. "Medi-Share Senior Assist allows seniors the opportunity to participate in a program that assists them with their healthcare expenses not paid by Medicare. It is an option that is good for their pocketbooks and operates according to their beliefs."

CONTACT:
The DeMoss Group
770.813.0000
Amy Anderson
404.545.1191
Christine Cape
404.545.0085
DeMossNews.com/MediShare

Interview Opportunities:
Medi-Share Senior Assist members
President of Christian Care Ministry, Tony Meggs
Since it began in 1993, Medi-Share has been successful in facilitating the sharing of medical costs, with more than $435 million in medical costs shared by members. Due to its large network of providers, members have also saved an additional $115 million in discounted medical costs.
Medi-Share Senior Assist is not health insurance since its members remain ultimately responsible for their own medical bills and there is no pooling of funds as practiced by insurance groups.
For more details about Medi-Share Senior Assist, see the guidelines and frequently asked questions.
Christian Care Ministry has provided biblical healthcare solutions for 18 years. More than just healthcare, it is a community of people who pray for and encourage one another, and a team of professionals who promote and support living a healthy, biblical lifestyle through programs: Medi-Share, Medi-Share Senior
Assist, Restore, Manna and Healthy Church.

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+ Main Information

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Wednesday:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST

Email info@medi-share.org
Phone Number:
(800) 772-5623

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 120099
Melbourne, FL 32912

+ Member Services

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday :
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Wednesday:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST

Email memberservices@mychristiancare.org

Phone Number:
(800) 264-2562
Fax: (321) 722-5136

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 120099
Melbourne, FL 32912

+ Provider Services

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Wednesday:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Phone Number:
(321) 308-7777

Providers can file EDI:
EDI Payer ID 59355
Paper HCFAs or UBs:
Medi-Share
PO Box 981652
El Paso, TX 79998-1652

Other documentation related to
services rendered:
Christian Care Ministry
PO Box 120040
West Melbourne, FL 32912

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