Introducing health care for the common good
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Solidarity HealthShare provides an ethical and affordable way to pay for medical costs
PHOENIX – What if both your Catholic conscience and your wallet could participate in a medical cost solution that observed time-tested health care principles? What if you could pay for your own medical costs while providing for the health care costs of others? What if, as a Catholic, you were able to live practically the principles of Catholic Social Doctrine?
In an early soft launch last month, families all over America began to put into practice the sharing of material and spiritual goods through the health care sharing ministry of Solidarity HealthShare. Solidarity HealthShare is not insurance. It exists specifically for those individuals who either purchase health care for themselves and their family, or for those who can control their own health care. Solidarity HealthShare is exempt from the federal regulations, which require insurance providers to cover contraception, sterilization, abortion and other services that are contrary to Catholic moral teaching. Solidarity members also are exempt from the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance coverage. Instead, this health care sharing ministry unites like-minded Christians to share medical costs together and to be “reconciled to one another” (Matthew 5:21) in solidarity.
While Solidarity’s health care sharing ministry is not comparable to insurance, it facilitates the voluntary sharing among its members to pay for eligible medical expenses. It is also designed to respect and promote the Church’s teachings and traditions with regard to love, responsibility and the sanctity of all human life. And because of its affiliation and membership in The National Coalition of Health Sharing Ministries, Solidarity is able to cooperate in the support, technology and national advocacy of health care sharing ministries, as well as benefit from collaborating resources that reflect the mission of its shared members. Solidarity HealthShare is the only health care sharing ministry controlled by a Catholic board of directors, run autonomously from any other health care sharing ministry partner, and guided by a Statement of Shared Beliefs that is wholly and authentically reflective of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Bradley Hahn, the CEO of Solidarity HealthShare, is hopeful that this ministry will be the solution that many families have been looking for.
“We have spent several years searching for a way to help other like-minded individuals, families and organizations pay for medical costs without violating their consciences or breaking their bank accounts,” said Hahn. “I’m happy and grateful to God that we have found and can now offer this ministry to the many people who have been waiting for it.”
To learn more about Solidarity HealthShare, please visit www.solidarityhealthshare.org.
For more information, to request a Decision Guide from Solidarity HealthShare or to schedule an interview with its CEO, Bradley Hahn: