We are fully into the health insurance open enrollment timeline, running from Nov 1 to Jan 31. But Samaritan doesn’t have to follow those dates, they have open enrollment all year long! This is their busiest time because so many people are making insurance changes right now and many are switching to health care sharing ministries. But if you are worried about missing a timeline for joining Samaritan, rest assured you can join anytime. You only need to allow for mail delivery time and can mark your application to begin as soon as Samaritan receives it in the mail (or you can select a specific future date). Mail is a little slower this time of year because of holiday packages, so allow 4-5 days for mail transit time if you can.
As always, feel free to ask any questions you have about the ministry. I love being a member and enjoy helping others figure out if joining is a good fit for them. When we first joined a couple of years ago I had never heard about health care sharing ministries. With all the changes resulting from the ACA I now hear about them a LOT, even when I’m not actively seeking new information. I often see them being discussed in various message boards, most of which have nothing to do with healthcare. They are becoming very popular and are growing rapidly. I’m so glad that Samaritan prepared for that growth potential and is ready and willing to accept all the new families coming on board. Samaritan is setting new records for inquiries and new memberships. I’m sure the other ministries are as well. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know these ministries are waiting and willing to help those of us who are looking for something more affordable, moral, comforting and supportive than what the ACA offers.
Once again I am so thankful I heard about Samaritan and that joining was such a great fit for our family.
Posted by admin | Posted in Member Letters | Posted on 02-12-2015
“I am overwhelmed by the response to my need, checks and letters from people all over the country. It is so beautiful and encouraging. I have never had this kind of fellowship with Christians all across the country. It feels like I’m getting a little glimpse of heaven. Being on the receiving end has motivated me to be a more cheerful giver. Now I always make sure I include a card with Scripture. The personal and sincere letters warm my heart!” – Mary in Nebraska
“God is so good to use so many generous people to meet our Special Prayer Need. I completely underestimated the power of $20. Twenty dollars from generous members multiplied many times relieved the pressure of my medical bills for a pre-existing condition. Now I will no longer think that a gift of $20 is insignificant. In the hands of Jesus it goes really far.” – Randall and Marli in Michigan
“Getting lots of checks in the mail is way more fun than a person should have. As the month passed, we loved seeing God provide through the combined efforts of so many people. The notes of encouragement and prayer were comforting. Every interaction with Samaritan Ministries was stress free, and it was easy to work with the partner organization in charge of negotiating our hospital bills. Thanks to everyone at Samaritan Ministries for being God’s hands and feet – representing the love of Christ for all the world to see. I enjoy telling people that my family is provided for by other Christians. Thanks for everything!” – Luke in Nebraska
“This was our first experience with having a need shared, so we were a little apprehensive about making sure everything was submitted correctly – if we’d get reimbursed the correct amount, if we could pay the bills on time, and so forth. We are pleased to say, however, that our first experience went so smoothly! Any questions we had along the way were answered graciously and thoroughly. We absolutely love the idea of the Body of Christ working together and supporting each other’s needs. We also looked forward to getting the mail every day as we received notes of encouragement from other believers. One of the families that sent us their monthly share was an old high school friend who I hadn’t seen in a lot of years! Small world, indeed. God is so neat in that way.” — Renee in Illinois