Understanding how health care sharing is legal

Health care for people of Biblical faith

As a committed Christian, you can live consistently with your beliefs by sharing medical needs directly with fellow believers through Samaritan Ministries’ non-insurance approach. You do not have to purchase health insurance that pays for abortions, abortifacient drugs, and other unbiblical practices.

This approach satisfies the federal health care law’s (Affordable Care Act, U.S. Public Law 111-148) requirement that you have insurance or pay a penalty-tax (see 26 United States Code Section 5000A, (d), (2), (B)). Members of health care sharing ministries demonstrate their exemption by using IRS Form 8965 when filing their tax return. If you are not required to file a tax return, you do not need to do anything to prove your exemption.

Since Samaritan Ministries is not health insurance, there is not an open enrollment period. You can become a member any time.

Claiming the exemption when filing your taxes

For complete instructions, please see the link below.

Tax instructions