Check arrived today

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The first check for the need I submitted at the end of January arrived today.

One of the bills we paid with a credit card, and since God’s timing is perfect, today is also the day I planned to pay that credit card bill, to avoid paying any interest on the balance. The money to cover it arrived in my mailbox on the same day. That means no interest needs to be paid on the credit card toward that charge.

I logged into my online Samaritan dashboard and marked that this particular share had been received. It’s such a simple process and so easy to understand. I appreciate that, a lot.

Health care is a mess folks, but I still see Samaritan Ministries as a bright spot in the darkness. Low monthly cost, discounts on the health care we need, support from the ministry and fellow members, and so many tools and resources at our fingertips to use if we need help along the way.

Praise God, my health has improved. While I still have the occasional issue, and we’re not 100% certain of the cause, the treatments I’ve been trying seem to be working. For that I am very grateful. (I’m a big wimp, pain is not something I tolerate well)

Thank you to Samaritan and the members for your prayers, and thank you for being YOU.

 

Deep Discount on Tamiflu Cash Price

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This year’s dangerous flu season got to our house. Our oldest child brought it home and was too sick for school last Friday. Fortunately he only missed one day of school since we got a big winter storm that weekend and kept the kids out of school for a couple extra days. It gave him a chance to recover at home without missing lots of homework. yay, I guess. 😐

Since we caught it early, it was recommended that we get him on Tamiflu. Have you priced that lately? Whoa! Around here it retails for anywhere from $125 to $180 per dose pack, and that’s the generic! Sometimes a doctor will recommend the rest of the family also take it so they can try to prevent getting it themselves. Ok, $125 x 4 of us = $600 for Tamiflu. NOPE.

Here’s what I did. After choking a little bit I turned to my trusty discount drug sources; Samaritan’s discount program available through our member online dashboard and goodrx. Samaritan’s program is really good about getting me prices for my super local non chain pharmacy, which goodrx doesn’t really do (they sort of guestimate and get close most of the time). It’s a tossup which one gives me the best pricing so I like to check them both when prescriptions are needed. Goodrx revealed the cheapest option this time, showing me cash discount prices ranging from $51.94 to over $130! The cash rate of $51.94 was at walmart. When we went to pick up the script the pharmacy tech was concerned about the high cost, because their retail rate is $134. When I mentioned we were using the goodrx app, he ran the codes in his computer and was so surprised to see the price drop down to $51.94, exactly what the app said it would be.

The customer in front of me also used goodrx, and we were able to tell some friends about it who were also facing a huge charge for it. Saving that much money on medicine is a big deal. Normally our meds aren’t very pricey so goodrx will save me a nice $10-$30… but this time it saved me over $80.

I’m sure some insurance patients paid far less than $52 for their Tamiflu (some paid more, too), but they’re also paying huge premiums every month, more than the $495 our Samaritan family share costs. On the whole we are still way ahead on medical expenses compared to having insurance. I’m so thankful for Samaritan and the goodrx app to get us through this flu season without breaking the bank.

5% Share Reduction for December

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The December sharing amounts have been sent and members received a 5% reduction in what they send for the month of December. This happens whenever the needs are lower than the amount of money available. When less is needed members get a reduction and get to keep the difference, or they can choose to send it on for special prayer needs, or go out to dinner, basically whatever they want! 🙂

I love that Samaritan does this, it’s the only ministry to have such a policy. And we all know insurance doesn’t reduce our monthly premiums! Samaritan has had share reductions several times over the past couple of years.

Also, don’t forget that online sharing has been made available using paypal.me through our Samaritan dashboard. The more members who signup to accept online payments the more this feature will be available to those who want to send their shares online.