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One of the things I missed about my "real job" is cheap insurance. I didn't realize how much my employer's group plan truly saved me until I became a musician by trade.

My insurance company - found after a long thorough search for the best - charged me over $6,000/yr for a very basic health policy and only paid me $325/yr in actual benefits. So I canceled. And I signed up with Samaritan Ministries.

Their program is like no other, and it's not an insurance policy. For all you musicians and ministers, self-employed or just jobless out there, I'd highly recommend Samaritan Ministries' program as a replacement for your current over-priced basic health insurance coverage.

If only local churches would create programs like this of their own, for their own, and then use the money members save on covering the health needs of those outside the Church. Now that would be better for everyone.

Got thoughts? Post a comment below or discuss on my message-board.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i played keys at second baptist houston on of the biggest and richest churches in the world, a friend of mine was diagnosed with Hep C, he recieved treatment for about a year and when they thought the hep. c was gone, it wasnt. next came the news that the insurance ran out and would not continue to pay for any further treatments. He still to this day is taking his chances and cannot get insurance. something ached inside me when i knew that everyone at the church knew about his current situation and not a soul did a thing about it. if i would have had the money i would have slapped down every dime for the payment. anyway, i think i will tell him about this program. -thanks for the post.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We did this -- another version of it -- a few years ago.

It worked VERY well. When the hospital bills came in from our boy Justice being born, we got checks from all over the country, including very sweet notes, congratulating us on the birth, people even saying they were praying for us when they sent their check.

We were shorted nothing. Everbody paid. Beautiful.

The big problem came when the participants kept voting to add "covered" stuff to the list, and that drove up the costs for everybody. It takes some discipline, and understanding that you can't protect against everything. But it was really, really cool.


Blogger Kat Coble said...

Some of my missionary in-laws are participants in a program very similar to this one. It's what a lot of us do with chunks of our tithe. I'd rather see my tithe money go to a brother in need than a new powerpoint projector any day.

Blogger Drew said...

wow... that's certainly something to consider. it would definitely take a big step of faith.


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