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Good News About Healthcare Sharing

January 23rd, 2018 Tags: eventschristian-values

Late winter into early spring is a busy time for Liberty's communications and events teams. During February and March, they travel to and attend events in various cities throughout the nation, talking to members and potential members and sharing information about Liberty with leaders in the nonprofit, ministry, healthcare, and policy realms. This year, February 27th-March 2nd, representatives from Liberty will sponsor and attend the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Proclaim 18 Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Way It's Supposed To Be

January 23rd, 2018 Tags: christian-valuesmember-testimonialsmedical-cost-sharingpersonal-responsibility

When members join Liberty HealthShare, we understand they must undergo a "paradigm shift" in their engagement with the healthcare system, especially if they have previously used a third-party payer. That's why many of our blog posts are educational in nature - we know it takes some repetition and explanation in order for our members to understand and embrace the healthcare sharing mentality. We often get emails from members who simply want to say "thank you" to our staff and membership community for the part we have played in their health journey. It's always encouraging to us when we hear from happy members, but it's particularly rewarding when a member has obviously taken the time to understand and live out the stewardship values we hold dear.

Attendance In The Hundreds Of Thousands

January 22nd, 2018 Tags: christian-valuesevents

Last Friday, January 19th, members of the Liberty HealthShare communications staff participated in the 45th annual March for Life, held in Washington, D.C. Starting at 1 p.m., we walked up Constitution Avenue with hundreds of thousands of other pro-life individuals to demonstrate our love and support for both pre-born babies and their mothers. The March culminated on the steps of the Supreme Court, the same building where abortion on demand was legalized in 1973. Ever since then, the March for Life has been held on or around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to demonstrate that for those who believe life begins at conception, this issue is far from settled.

We're Marching For Life

January 15th, 2018 Tags: eventschristian-values

January 19th is the 45th annual March for Life, held in Washington, D.C. The March is held every year on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand. What started in 1974 as a small, peaceful demonstration meant to mark this somber anniversary has grown to become the largest pro-life event in the world. On Friday, thousands of pro-lifers from all over the United States will gather on the National Mall for a concert and rally.

Interview With Bob Cutillo, M.D.

January 5th, 2018 Tags: christian-valuesbook-review

As part of a new occasional book review series here on the blog, we recently published a review of Dr. Bob Cutillo's book, Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age. Dr. Cutillo was kind enough to speak with us about how his experiences as a Christian and a medical provider led him to write this book.

Book Review: Pursuing Health In An Anxious Age

January 3rd, 2018 Tags: book-reviewchristian-values

As part of a new occasional book review series here on the blog, today we are reviewing Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age (Crossway), by Bob Cutillo, M.D. We live in an age of unprecedented medical advancement, with broad access to interventions ranging from the preventative to the elective. We have much to be thankful for as prognoses improve and lifespans continue to increase. Certain preventions can bring peace of mind to those who otherwise face a genetic predisposition to disease. Pain can be managed and even, in some cases, eliminated. However, a Biblical perspective on the topics of health, pain, disease, and death is in some ways set against that of our culture.

A Focus On Compassion And Care

December 21st, 2017 Tags: christian-valuesliberty-personnel-profiles

In an ongoing effort to give our members a little bit of an inside look at the people who make up Liberty HealthShare, today we continue our occasional series of "human interest" stories. We hope this helps you feel a bit more connected to us and the heartbeat of the work we do each day. Each member of our staff is grateful for the opportunity to serve you in their individual capacities. Tim DeWees is Liberty's Chief Technology Officer in the Information Technology department. We recently asked him to tell us about his work, motivation, and interests, and he graciously took the time to answer.

Helping Your Fellow Members

December 11th, 2017 Tags: account-updateschristian-valuescompassionate-causes

A string of hurricanes and wildfires devastated large areas across the nation this summer. Wildfires in California continue to leave destruction in their wake. Thousands of Liberty HealthShare member families live within the declared disaster areas, with many facing a daunting recovery process as they consider how best to move forward. As members of a Christian community, we are compelled to step up.

Celebrating The Greatest Gift

December 8th, 2017 Tags: christian-valuesjust-for-fun

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only two weeks away. It seems like every year, the holiday sneaks up on us, and if we’re not careful, parties, shopping, and church commitments (to name a few) can conspire to steal our joy.

Our Thanksgiving Wishes For You

November 20th, 2017 Tags: christian-valuesjust-for-fun

The great American holiday, otherwise known as Thanksgiving, is this Thursday. Whether you celebrate with turkey and all the fixings or you’re more of a ham family, whether you spend your day serving at a local charity or watching the parade and football, we hope you enjoy a day full of reminiscing over old memories and the creation of new ones. As you look around the table, don’t forget to take this opportunity to recall the many things you have to be thankful for.

Liberty Finds An Audience At ETCH

October 31st, 2017 Tags: eventschristian-values

From time to time, Liberty sends representatives to conferences and events where we feel it will be worthwhile to share our mission with attendees. To that end, our team attended LifeWay's ETCH Family Ministry Conference in Nashville this past month.

Let Us Do Good To All

September 14th, 2017 Tags: christian-valuesmedical-billsmedical-cost-sharing

At Liberty HealthShare, we view misunderstandings as opportunities for education. For instance, some potential members don't understand the healthcare sharing mentality. Rather than seeing this purely as an obstacle to membership, we choose to see it as an opportunity for education about our unique, member-centered approach to paying for healthcare. When we hear from members who truly understand healthcare sharing and want to see others learn more, we get excited. We can explain it all day long from our perspective, but the reality is members who share their experiences are exponentially more effective at educating others. A great example of this is Brittany K. from Michigan, who along with her family joined Liberty HealthShare early last year.

Member Motivations - Healthy Tips From Sue

June 8th, 2017 Tags: christian-valuespersonal-responsibilityhealth-and-wellness

In last month's post, I shared my main motivation for pursuing health: love for my grandchildren. What keeps me on track and making healthy choices is the desire to be in their lives for a long time. Not only do I want to be around, but I also want to be able to keep up with them and actively participate in all the important events that will define their lives over the years to come. In the motivation post, I detailed a long list of excuses which, from time to time, we are all guilty of making where our health and fitness are concerned. Life is stressful, busy, and tiring. Work, friends, family, and our other commitments play tug-of-war with our time and energy. Sometimes the only thing that helps us achieve success is an incentive...some sort of carrot we can chase on our way to better health (better carrots than cake!). So I asked our members, "What motivates you?" Or said a different way, "What is your driving force?"

Putting Rubber To The Road Increased Our Faith

June 6th, 2017 Tags: christian-valuesmember-testimonialspersonal-responsibilitymedical-bills

From time to time, we hear from a member who experienced an emergency medical cost just days or weeks after joining Liberty HealthShare. Dealing with a large expense like an emergency room visit can be nerve-wracking, especially if you are new to the concept of healthcare sharing. CindyAnn S., a Liberty HealthShare member in Florida, found herself in this position when her son broke his arm just 9 days into their membership. Here is her story:

Chief Medical Officer Welcomes New Members

January 11th, 2017 Tags: physician-postspersonal-responsibilitynew-membershealthcare-costschristian-valuesfreedommedical-cost-sharing

ohn Hunt, MD Chief Medical Officer, Liberty HealthShare To our recently enrolled members, welcome, and congratulations on your effort to escape the third-party healthcare payment system where somebody else pays the bill, e.g., an insurance company, an employer, or the government. This transition is not necessarily easy because most folks have been in the third-party payment system for so long that they have forgotten (or never experienced) what it’s like to make medical care choices based on both quality and price .

We've Surpassed 100,000 Lives. Let’s Celebrate!

January 11th, 2017 Tags: christian-valuesfreedommedical-cost-sharing

Last month, we sent an e-mail to our membership in celebration of the fact that Liberty HealthShare had just achieved a milestone. In mid-December, our membership surpassed 100,000 people. It’s hard to believe that since then, we’ve added over 10,000 more individuals to our community!

When We Talk About Healthsharing

January 11th, 2017 Tags: affordable-care-act-obamacarechristian-valuescost-reductionmedical-billsmedical-cost-sharingfreedompersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patienthealthcare-costsnew-members

Throughout the course of your enrollment and membership in Liberty HealthShare, you have likely noticed that we use terminology that is specific to our organization and work. There are several reasons we choose to communicate in the way we do.

Liberty Looks Ahead

November 18th, 2016 Tags: christian-valuesfreedom

In this short video, Liberty HealthShare Executive Director Dale Bellis re-establishes our mission and commitment looking ahead.

Your Participation Matters

November 3rd, 2016 Tags: christian-valuesfreedomlegislationpersonal-responsibility

Members of healthcare sharing ministries are a unique breed. We are determined to protect our individual liberties, and yet we have committed ourselves to sharing with this community. These two behaviors may seem incongruous to some, but we believe they go hand in hand. For many of us, it is our individual freedom that compels us to share with others as they share with us. We want others to remain free as well. Participating in elections is one of the main ways we preserve and protect our unalienable rights.

Member Has A Healthcare Eye-Opener

October 7th, 2016 Tags: christian-valueshealthcare-costspersonal-responsibilitymember-testimonials

When costs became her number one concern, Karen found Liberty HealthShare. Whatever your reason for joining Liberty HealthShare; whether it’s our community of like-minded people, the freedom that comes with directing and managing your own healthcare, or the financial responsibility you can exercise as a member, we are glad you are here. It is our goal that you experience all these benefits and more through your membership. Just recently, Karen O. from Florida shared her impressions with us:

Happy Constitution Day!

September 22nd, 2016 Tags: christian-valuesfreedom

On September 17th, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the United States Constitution, adopting it as the supreme law of this land. In recognition of its historic signing, we observe Constitution Day each year. Even today, 229 years later, this unique document remains the standard by which all other laws are measured. In fact, the Constitution is so extraordinary that other nations have used it as a template for their own governmental structures!

Liberty Gets "Well Versed"

September 14th, 2016 Tags: christian-valuesevents

This past week, Liberty HealthShare Executive Director Dale Bellis attended a pastors' training event hosted by Pastor Jim Garlow, author of Well Versed: Biblical Answers to Today's Tough Issues. This brand new book does a fantastic job of explaining how we as Americans might best respond to the pressures, policies, and events that impact our lives each day - all in light of the Bible.

A Grateful Member Thanks Fellow Members

September 7th, 2016 Tags: member-testimonialsmedical-cost-sharingmedical-billschristian-values

At Liberty HealthShare, our mission of facilitating the sharing of members’ medical expenses is serious business. When we are serving a member who has experienced an illness or accident requiring ongoing medical care, we want to be a safe place in the storm. For this reason, our team members encourage one another to remember that a member in distress is a person in need; a person our ministry exists to serve. It makes us proud to get feedback that lets us know our team is serving members well.

Voting For Freedom

August 3rd, 2016 Tags: christian-valueseventsfreedomaffordable-care-act-obamacarelegislation

Last month, Liberty HealthShare sent representatives to Cleveland and Philadelphia to meet with those attending the Republican and Democrat National Conventions. Since healthcare is a particularly hot topic this election cycle, we wanted to make sure candidates and their campaigns are aware of our unique status. We are always paying attention to possible policy changes, both at the national and the state level, and we are always advocating for FREEDOM!

Conscience And Common Sense

May 5th, 2016 Tags: christian-valuesfreedomliberty-personnel-profilesmember-testimonialsmediavideo

A Member (and Employee) Testimonial Hi. I'm Christen Varley, Public Affairs Specialist for Liberty HealthShare. When people ask me what it is I do every day, I tell them I'm the luckiest person working here. I spend most of my days talking to people all over our country about healthcare sharing with Liberty HealthShare! I get to speak with clergy, lay people, business owners, journalists, potential members, activists, attorneys, policy analysts, and sometimes even elected officials. I explain what healthcare sharing is, how it came into being, and how Liberty Health Share is helping people all over the country pay for medical costs in a community that cares about maintaining good health and pitching in to help others in times of need. My favorite part of any conversation, though, is telling them why I chose healthcare sharing for my own family.

Norman Allen's Liberty HealthShare Story

April 5th, 2016 Tags: christian-valuesmember-testimonialsmedical-cost-sharingmediavideo

While attending a national convention, the Liberty HealthShare team was approached by a member. With a determined look on his face, the man had broken through the crowd standing in front of the booth and pulled something out of his back pocket. In front of everyone in attendance there, in a voice that broke through the clamor of a convention floor, he held his Liberty HealthShare member card up and said, "You all saved my life."

Cap Haitien Compassion Project

February 9th, 2016 Tags: compassionate-causeschristian-values

It was autumn 2009 when Pastor Kip Smith and his wife Lora first learned about the mission work being performed at Cap Haitien in Haiti. They attended a talk in Cleveland, Ohio, where missionaries and volunteers told of the desperate need for medical supplies and healthcare workers in Haiti’s second largest city. While discussions were being held as to what sort of involvement was possible for their small parish, disaster struck.

Student Project Becomes Answered Prayer

December 15th, 2015 Tags: compassionate-causeschristian-valuesmediahealthcare-costsmember-testimonialsvideo

Andy and Tiffany Clark are a young couple from Canton, Ohio. Like many young people, the Clarks had begun to face financial difficulties due to student loan debt. These difficulties prompted tough decisions as the couple faced choosing between paying healthcare costs or neglecting basic necessities of life such as food and rent. Andy and Tiffany’s faith in God’s provision led them to pray that He would intervene and provide a solution that would meet all of these needs rather than accepting the frightening realities of living without help in case of unexpected medical costs. What happened next was an answer to prayer and a chance for the Liberty HealthShare family to grow.

The Power Of Praying For The Sick

August 27th, 2015 Tags: christian-values

Have you ever wondered if praying really works? We have all received news of a family member, friend, or acquaintance suffering from an illness or injury. Oftentimes, we are asked to pray for the afflicted person’s healing and comfort. Many of us do so gladly, adding a name to our daily prayers, offering a specific intercession or even going the extra mile and encouraging others to pray as well. Have you ever wondered if praying works?

A Call To Church Leaders Across The Nation

July 6th, 2015 Tags: freedomchristian-valuesevents

Representatives of Liberty HealthShare recently had the privilege of participating in the Future Conference at Skyline Church in La Mesa, California. The Future Conference is a gathering of pastors, church leaders, and Christians interested in discussing difficult topics. It is a four-day event that covers more than twenty topics.

After All, It's Your Money!

June 13th, 2015 Tags: christian-valuesmedical-cost-sharingpersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patient

The mindset every member should have Becoming a Liberty HealthShare member is a liberating step. You’ve abandoned bureaucratic models of paying for healthcare and embraced freedom. Your status as a self-pay patient sharing medical expenses with others of like mind allows you to access the best medical care available at the lowest cost possible. In addition, you have engaged the most powerful consumer weapon in healthcare: the self-pay patient! You have the twin advantage of a vast community sharing your costs while you watch over your own expenses as an individual patient. After all, it’s your money! And who better to watch over your money than you! This paradigm shift, once embraced, changes everything, keeping costs low and your healthcare options intact!

Taking Personal Responsibility

May 22nd, 2015 Tags: christian-valuespersonal-responsibilityhealthtrac

One of the main qualities that sets Liberty HealthShare apart from traditional methods of paying for healthcare is the fact that we encourage and depend upon our members taking personal responsibility for their own health care. This distinctive feature plays a huge part in reducing costs for members of our Christian healthcare sharing ministry.

An Update On Aiden Corlew

April 10th, 2015 Tags: compassionate-causesmember-testimonialschristian-values

An Inspiring Little Boy Thrives In Difficult Circumstances Many of our members are familiar with Aiden Corlew and have contributed to our "Help Save Aiden" Campaign. Recent progress reports have been good, and we want to share the news with you.

Liberty HealthShare Member Beliefs

March 9th, 2015 Tags: affordable-care-act-obamacarechristian-valuesmedical-cost-sharingpersonal-responsibility

Liberty HealthShare's predecessor and parent ministry is a faith-based group that began in 1988 as a group of Christians who shared end-of-life medical and funeral expenses. Since then, the group has expanded to include a wide range of eligible medical expenses, ultimately becoming Liberty HealthShare. We are not health insurance, but rather we make it possible for individuals to share in one another's eligible medical expenses. This is allowable under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and for that reason, it has grown rapidly in recent years.

Our Values Based Marketplace

February 5th, 2015 Tags: christian-valuesmedical-cost-sharing

How personal values can lead to better healthcare economics. by Dale Bellis, Liberty HealthShare Executive Director Recently the New York Times posted an article entitled, "Onward Christian, Healthcare" by Molly Worthen. We are so happy to see that the media is taking notice of healthcare sharing ministries, and we are encouraged by the impact it is having on the American healthcare landscape. I was quoted in the article as saying, "success comes 'when the marketplace is given the opportunity to produce solutions on its own.'" However, given the way in which the quote was presented, it seemed as though I believe the reason we share medical bills together is because of the economic advantage; because it is cheaper. This quote was accurate; however, I would like to add context, because it is important to know the driving force behind what we do.

Changing America - Informed Not Inflamed

January 14th, 2015 Tags: informed-not-inflamed-with-john-dalymediachristian-valuespersonal-responsibility

Could the healthcare sharing mentality change our nation? HealthShare Radio host John Daly asked Executive Director Dale Bellis that question, and his answer might surprise you.

Emotional Support

January 14th, 2015 Tags: christian-valuesmediavideo

Executive Director Dale Bellis explains how Liberty HealthShare members are able to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement and support to one another through the member ShareBox.

We're There To Help You

January 14th, 2015 Tags: christian-valuesliberty-personnel-profilesmediamember-testimonialsvideo

Staff member and sharing member Jonathan White shares his personal story of community care and his perspective on working at Liberty HealthShare.

Liberty HealthShare: Too Good To Be True?

October 6th, 2014 Tags: affordable-care-act-obamacarechristian-valueshealthcare-costsmedical-cost-sharing

With the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) now passed into law and in full effect, people are wondering what options they have to pay for their medical costs. One approach that isn’t commonly talked about is healthcare sharing or medical cost sharing. It is acknowledged in the ACA, but many people do not know about it. Of those who have heard of medical cost sharing, many are confused as to what it really is and how it works. Let’s start by saying medical cost sharing it IS NOT insurance, it IS legal, and it has been around for quite some time in faith communities. In fact, it is a biblical approach to paying for unexpected and unaffordable healthcare costs.

Everything You Need To Know About Healthcare, You Learned In Kindergarten

June 16th, 2014 Tags: freedomchristian-valuesmedical-cost-sharingpersonal-responsibility

Liberty HealthShare brings like-minded individuals together to share in each other’s medical expenses. It’s voluntary, cooperative, and supportive. The primary motivation that makes Liberty HealthShare succeed is compassion - people helping people!