Who Are Altrua HealthShare
Thank you for choosing Altrua HealthShare's POH Membership as your Health Care Sharing Plan!
Altrua HealthShare is part of Altrua Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, as a nationally recognized faith-based Health Care Sharing Ministry of individuals and families, a collaborative community of health-conscious people, providers, nurses, staff and members dedicated to a single purpose: improving your health by “Caring for One Another.”
We care for one another through health care sharing by heeding scripture to bear the burdens of individuals and families from all around the world. Altrua HealthShare is inclusive, membership developed and based on Biblical principles established for living a healthy and honorable lifestyle. We deliver skilled and member-centered health care sharing services, and we strive to shape the future of health care by always asking: “How can we care for one another?”
By each member of Altrua HealthShare following this example, we’re able to serve the entire membership through a unique member-to-member sharing method through an escrow account. It’s that simple. You don’t have to worry about waiting for checks from other members or wait for other members’ bank accounts to distribute share amounts to your individual bank account once your medical bill becomes an eligible medical need. Altrua HealthShare takes care of the member-to-member sharing through the escrow account so each member doesn’t have to worry or wait for their eligible needs to be shared.
At Altrua HealthShare, we want you to be involved in your own health. The Membership Guidelines will tell you how to use your new membership plan. It’s important that you read it carefully and keep it in a safe and convenient place.
Again, thank you for joining the thousands of individuals and families across the nation who have made the same decision as you to join the Altrua HealthShare membership.
For any questions or concerns, please call us at 3185736186 Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time. On behalf of the entire Altrua HealthShare family, I welcome you.
We look forward to helping you lead a healthier life.
What is Healthcare Sharing?
A Health Care Sharing Ministry (HCSM) provides a health care cost-sharing arrangement among members of similar and sincerely held beliefs. HCSMs are operated by non-profit religious organizations for those who have medical needs and those who desire to share the burden of those medical needs with fellow members.
- HCSMs receive no funding or grants from government sources.
- HCSMs's participants share more than $300 million per year for one another's health care costs.
- HCSMs strive to be accessible to participants regardless of their income because traditionally shares are a fraction of the cost of typical health care.
In our nation's past, our forefathers were quite familiar with bearing one another burdens. Mutual aid was a foundation of social welfare in the United States. Today, our mentality has moved far from that of our ancestors. As Christians, we still have the mandate to bear one another burdens, but we hardly know what that means anymore. If an emergency medical problem arises, the government or the insurance company takes care of it, and our friends, relatives, and neighbors have little participation in restoring us to our former state. We don't think we need each other in the way we used to. HCSMs provide an opportunity where Christians can minister to the Body of Christ while being thrifty with their money, and without ignoring their own medical needs. HCSMs have grown in popularity and success ever since the Old Order Amish Church Fund began the modern-era of burden-bearing during the 1960s. Today, participants from a broad spectrum of Christian denominations support each other's medical needs across all fifty states and around the world.
A HCSM is founded on the biblical mandate of believers to share each other's needs. Our goal is to apply Galatians 6:2, "Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ" to the ever-rising medical costs which can be quite burdensome for anyone, single or married, young or old. It is a principle that has been around since the birth and growth of the early Church. The Book of Acts reports, "All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need," (Acts 2:44-45). These Christians are making a decision to be there for their neighbor in need and bring glory to God in the process of sharing.
HOW IT WORKS
The members of the ministry are committed participants who voluntarily contribute a certain amount each month. This money is shared among the participants to assist other members with medical needs. The key is that medical needs are shared among members. The personal approach of HCSMs facilitates to bear one another's burdens in a very tangible way. The members treat each other with respect, prayer, and genuine care.