History

The Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries (AHCSM) was founded in July 2007 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Alliance was created through a collaborative effort of Samaritan Ministries International of Peoria, Illinois and Christian Care Ministry of Melbourne, Florida for the purpose of protecting and preserving the rights of their members, and Christians in general, to engage in healthcare cost sharing as a viable alternative for their medical needs.

The Alliance was established as a 501(c)(6) trade organization to represent the common interests of Health Care Sharing Ministry organizations which are facilitating the sharing of health care needs (financial, emotional, and spiritual) by individuals and families, and their participants.

Purpose

The Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries serves Christians throughout the United States and many foreign countries, by enabling them to share health care costs. These Christian health care sharing ministry members support each other as the early Christians in the Book of Acts joined together to meet each other’s needs. These faith-based ministries provide financial, emotional, and spiritual support to members. The Alliance helps coordinate the public policy advocacy and awareness efforts of health care sharing ministries, in the service of mutual goals of their organizations and their members.‚Äč

The Alliance engages with federal and state regulators, members of the media, and the Christian community to provide accurate and timely information on medical cost sharing.

Mission

Protect the liberty of our member ministries to practice their religious convictions in health care.

Inform legislators of the important work and benefit of health care sharing ministries.

Seek exemptions from mandates requiring our members to purchase health insurance, in that they are already served in this area by the ministries which they participate in.

Seek exemptions from insurance mandates for employers who provide health care assistance to employees through HCSM.

Seek parity with other health care solutions with respect to federal and state tax codes.