21 Must-Have Pastor's Tools: Health Care

Medi-Share helps Christians share medical bills while saving money and complying with ObamaCare.
Medi-Share helps Christians share medical bills while saving money and complying with ObamaCare. (iStock photo )

We have watched the health care landscape change dramatically in recent years. Those seeking coverage on the individual market or working for small organizations have perhaps felt the impact most acutely. Churches also are not immune to these rising costs.

While the insurance market remains unpredictable, Christians have the option to directly share medical bills while saving money and complying with the Affordable Care Act. Many churches and pastors have chosen to join Medi-Share, entrusting their medical needs to Christians across the country. Based on the biblical principles of caring for and sharing in one another's needs, the Medi-Share member guidelines align with the Bible, and our members are prayed for when they call in.

In 2011, instead of purchasing expensive health insurance, Pastor Steve Peoples and his staff at Topeka First Assembly of God joined Medi-Share. Peoples and his family contribute each month toward the costs of other members' medical bills, and when he needed treatment for kidney stones, Medi-Share members shared in those bills. In fact, since 1993, members have shared all eligible medical bills. This is approximately $1.1 billion in discounted and shared medical bills!

The average family option is $300 per month, but there are many options. Members also like the ease and convenience of Medi-Share. They present a membership card to the doctor, and the bills are sent to Medi-Share. Then, utilizing our patented system, Medi-Share makes eligible bills available for members to share. Applying online is also easy, and Christians can join any time of the year.

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While we cannot predict what the health care system will be like in the future, we are blessed to be part of an organization that enables people to pursue what God is calling them to do today.        


Tony Meggs is the president and CEO of Christian Care Ministry (mychristiancare.org), which operates Medi-Share.

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