Best practices for health care sharing ministries
As a community of Christians helping other Christians with their health care needs, for more than 25 years Samaritan Ministries’ members have supported one another through the direct sharing of financial, emotional, and spiritual support. In our commitment to uphold our Biblical ethics, honor our members, and maintain the highest standards for sustainable governance and practice, we have established and abide by the Health Care Sharing Best Practices listed below.
We believe it is in your best interest to consider the commitments and practices of any membership organization, including a health care sharing ministry, prior to joining. As a part of our ongoing desire for transparency and consumer education, as well as promoting a healthy environment for health care sharing ministries around the world, we publicly provide our ministry’s Health Care Sharing Best Practices for consideration.
We are a certified health care sharing ministry
Samaritan Ministry received a letter of certification as a recognized health care sharing ministry by the Department of Health & Human Services (via Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). View Samaritan Ministries' certification letter.
Samaritan Ministries also has a yearly independent audit available upon request. Samaritan Ministries files a federal form 990 annually, and it is available to the public. Samaritan Ministries also has an annual report available upon request.
Health care sharing ministries and the ACA
As a certified health care sharing ministry, members of Samaritan Ministries are exempt from the Federal health care law’s (Affordable Care Act) requirement that individuals purchase insurance or pay a penalty-tax (see 26 United States Code Section 5000A, (d) (2) (B)).