I mentioned on the page about needs vs shares that when there are more shares than needs in a month, then a reduction in the share amount can happen. I was amazed at the idea when I first learned of it, and I’m sure some of you thought, “no way, bet that never happens.” Well, it doesn’t happen very often because medical costs are still increasing, but it did happen this month! Shares were reduced by 10% because the needs that came in for October sharing just weren’t as high and there weren’t as many as usual. I think this is a testament to our members and how well we are able to keep our costs down, through discounts, wise healthcare choices, and taking care of ourselves. It’s also a testament to the management of Samaritan and how well this ministry works for the benefit of its members.
This is just another example of how much better Samaritan is for our family compared to our old insurance. With Blue Cross our monthly amount was never reduced.
A 10% reduction on the family rate of $405 is a savings about about $40. That amount equates to dinner out with your spouse, or an extra donation to a Special Prayer Need, or more in the collection plate at church, or more toward the kids college fund. However we choose to use that extra $40 I am so thankful to be a member of Samaritan and know that all member needs are being met and we all get to enjoy the benefit of a reduction this month!