NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unite Health Share Ministries™ (UHSM), a nonprofit, faith-based healthcare-sharing ministry supporting Christian believers through member-to-member healthcare-sharing memberships, encourages the public to explore their healthcare options this open enrollment season. Beginning November 1, 2022, until January 15, 2023, open enrollment is the annual period where individuals can adjust their current health plan or enroll in an alternative program for the following calendar year.
"At UHSM, we understand the importance of opting into the appropriate healthcare membership for you and your family," says Christopher Jin, UHSM president. "Open enrollment is the opportune time to switch, perhaps towards a non-traditional type of care, such as a healthcare sharing membership, that focuses on mind, body and spirit. As a healthcare sharing ministry, we see ourselves as a connector, administrating the cost-sharing program, and helping like-minded, Christian members support each other."
In 2021, $1.3 billion of medical expenses were allocated by health-sharing ministries. Health share plans are not insurance programs. Instead, they are cooperatives whereby a group of individuals voluntarily agree to share each other's medical expenses. With no enrollment period or having the plan tied to an employer, health shares are a more flexible program. The member-based fellowship of UHSM allows faithful people to take charge of their healthcare, paying monthly share contributions that assist in paying for member medical expenses, saving members up to 50% in medical costs. Acknowledging the overwhelming burden that may arise during a medical emergency, UHSM believes everyone has a right to medical care at a reasonable price.
UHSM offers many programs designed to fit a range of medical and financial needs, including unlimited telehealth and preventative and proactive care services. Additionally, UHSM provides its members access to an expansive PHCS® PPO network of over 1.2 million Primary Care Providers (PCP), medical providers, specialists, urgent care and hospitals across the United States. Members can access low-cost, pre-negotiated medication rates through the ministry's Rx network. For more information and program details, visit the UHSM website.
Unite Health Share Ministries (UHSM) is a nonprofit, faith-based healthcare sharing ministry that facilitates member-to-member healthcare sharing among fellow Christians, serving as a connector to administer medical cost sharing through their membership. Christian healthcare is chosen by millions each year over traditional insurance plans. UHSM offers members prescription coverage through the expansive Rx network, providing members access with over 68,000 locations. UHSM members can also access care through nearly one million doctors, hospitals and specialists in the PHCS PPO Network. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, UHSM offers its members simple, fair, and friendly healthcare programs. The UHSM community is guided to share with Christian families to help fulfill their God-given purpose to care for one another, foster holistic wellbeing, and positively impact our communities in need.
The UHSM mission is to unite the community of Believers, all Christians, regardless of denomination or church affiliation, to identify, foster, and facilitate education, charitable outreach, programs, and services for the communities of like-minded religious individuals, those that desire to honor their personal, sincerely held religious beliefs, as set forth in the Bible, as well as to provide benevolence to others, as Christ did.