A few months ago I posted about health-sharing ministries as an affordable alternative to Obamacare’s marketplace.
And recently I read that these groups are enjoying a surge in enrollment.
Since the launch of HealthCare.gov on Oct. 1, membership at each of the ministries has exploded, with nearly 30,000 new enrollees — more than the number of people who selected a plan through ObamaCare in 24 states.
Anyone participating in a health-sharing ministry is exempt from the mandate to buy ACA-compliant health insurance.
For more information about these ministries, read one of my posts on the topic:
Or go to the excellent blog, The Self-Pay Patient. Sean Parnell blogs about all kinds of insurance alternatives, and has several posts with the most up-to-date information about health-sharing ministries.
- Christian Healthcare Ministries, www.chministries.org
- Liberty HealthShare, www.libertyhealthshare.org
- Medi-Share, www.mychristiancare.org
- Samaritan Ministries, www.samaritanministries.org
- Altrua HealthShare, http://www.altruahealthshare.org
Giving consumers options, and a fair product at a fair price? Now that’s free-market health care!
And the more popular this option becomes, the more stable and viable it will be.
At least until these health-sharing ministries begin to undermine the stability of Obamacare, and then perhaps the administration will see them as a loophole rather than a legitimate exemption, and seek to close it.
Let’s hope not.