Christian Care Medi-Share Review and Reflections After 2 Years

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It’s now been two years since our family signed up for Medi-Share.

I first reviewed Medi-Share based on its features, values, and benefits.  Just over a year later, I reviewed it based on my experiences.  Unfortunately, for the most part, the first few doctor visits we had were overwhelmingly negative.  I hated to do such a negative review, but I felt like it was part of my obligation to share how we felt about Medi-Share.

As time has passed, I think I’ve been able to find more value in our Medi-Share membership.

Important facts about my negative Medi-Share experiences:

  • We were in a transitional stage of our lives.  We’d spent a month in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a month in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, and a month in Houston, Texas.  In retrospect, any need to see a doctor when you’re not located in a city is always frustrating.  We’ve experienced the same thing in Memphis when we just moved and had just joined Blue Cross Blue Shield.

As such, since our lives are a little more normal and we’ve had several additional visits to doctor’s offices, I want to share how all those experiences turned out.

Medi-Share Review and Experiences

Case #1: Our youngest somehow cuts the bridge of her nose while climbing under the table.

We visited a local urgent care facility where we know someone.  Like any worried parents, we didn’t check to see if the facility was in our network.  However, when we checked in, they only charged us the co-pay and took our card.  Unfortunately, we did later receive a bill for over $400 since Medi-Share didn’t cover any part of the trip.  How could we expect them to since we went somewhere out of network?  In the end, it worked just as it would have if we had any other insurance.

Case #2: Our youngest needs to see the doctor because of a high fever.

This time we checked to be sure we find a facility in network.  There was no hassle getting the doctors office to take our Medi-Share card.  They processed everything directly with Medi-Share, and once everything was settled, we got a bill for the remaining balance. In the end, it worked just as it would have if we had any other insurance.

Case #3: I have skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma – the best type of skin cancer) that needs a simple surgical procedure. 

In the end, I had three visits to a dermatologist to take care of the skin cancer.  During the second procedure, I had a small surgical procedure to remove the skin cancer.

Because we elected to have a higher ‘family portion’, we ended up paying for everything out of pocket.  However, having Medi-Share was great because we were able to get some significant in-network savings.

So far, we’ve never exceeded our annual household share portion, but for the last several visits to the doctor, Medi-Share has functioned as it was supposed to.

Reflections After Two Years With Medi-Share

  1. Medi-Share still is the best price available for our family.  To double check that, I visited  The best price I could find for our family of 5 was $460 per month with an outrageous $20,000 deductible.  By comparison, we pay $298 with a $5,000 family share portion (comparable to a deductible).
  2. As a Medi-Share participant, it is best to tell doctors and providers that you are part of the PHCS Network.  This is the network Christian Care Ministries participates with, and it is the name that doctors and providers recognize (instead of saying Medi-Share).
Now two years into Medi-Share, we’re glad we’re part of the medical sharing program.  We have had some negative experiences, but I think that was just part of learning the system.  Now that we’re settled in one place and have our set doctors within the network, things seem to be working out well.  In the end, I’m glad I’m not paying an extra $150 per month for insurance with a much higher deductible.

Considerations if You’re Considering Medi-Share:

  1. This is NOT health insurance.  This is Christian medical sharing.  When you pay your monthly premium, the funds are deposited into an account.  When members have a claim, funds to pay for the expenses are taken from the combined account.  Of course, a portion of the fees you pay do also go to cover the administrative costs of the organization.
  2. Approval is not automatic.  If you have serious medical issues, then your opportunity to be part of Medi-Share is definitely less likely than others.  Also, as a Medi-Share member, you must adhere to certain lifestyle choices specified by Medi-Share.  One such example is a member “Cannot use tobacco or illegal drugs in any form, or abuse legal drugs or alcohol”.
  3. Certain health conditions (i.e. diabetes, excess weight, high cholesterol) may incur an excess charge of $80 per month.

Some Medi-Share Specific Lingo to Help You Get Started if You’re Considering Medi-Share:

Annual Household Portion: A household portion is best understood as a deductible.  Unlike most insurance companies, the household portion is by family – not individual.  Thus, an insurance company might have a $2,000 deductible, but you might pay that for two family members.  With Medi-Share, your household portion is for everyone covered under your plan.  Household portions range from $500 – $10,000.

Standard Monthly Share: Most insurance companies would call this premiums.  It’s the amount of money you’ll pay each month to participate in Medi-Share.

Health Incentive: A special program for ‘healthy’ participants.  If you’re eligible, you can save 20% off your Standard Monthly Share.

If you have any questions about Medi-Share, please feel free to email (mhforc at gmail dot com) or leave a comment.

Any other Medi-Share users out there?  What have been your experiences?



  1. Todd Fuller says

    Craig we have been on Medi-Share 2.0 for 3 years. I’d say your latest write-up is basically good, except we did exceed our AHP this year because of the birth of our son.

    However, a couple things from your write-up:

    1. You said: “Unfortunately, we did later receive a bill for over $400 since Medi-Share didn’t cover any part of the trip. How could we expect them to since we went somewhere out of network?”

    Since you said your family has never reached his AHP (similar to a “deductible” with insurance) this is likely why Medi-Share members did not pay anything on this bill, not because you were out of network. If you were out of network, that doesn’t automatically mean the bill won’t be eligible for sharing nor shared if over the AHP. I’d check your Explanation of Sharing for that bill and see what it says.

    We had a couple of bills that were “out of network” that were still paid by the Medi-Share members because we were over our AHP. These were both anesthesiologist charges. Anesthesiologists are notorious for signing contracts with hospitals to be exclusive providers of anesthesiology in that hospital, then in turn ducking everyone’s PPO or network, albeit except for the largest of networks in that particular state. (you can’t duck the largest network in your state unless you want millions of angry customers calling/going to the hospital)

    2. Discounting of medical bills: You are right, even if a bill is eligible for sharing (what you call “covered” which is an insurance word), but, you are not over your AHP (annual household portion – what insurance companies call a “deductible”), your bill may still receive an in-network discount.

    However, for well/preventative visits this discount is tiny or non-existent altogether. For other services such as labs or hospitals, the discount exists, but is not remarkable, often 20%, nothing more than you would get for being self-pay. But the main thing is some sort of “stop-loss” is in place if you had an unfortunate year with medical expenses. Self-pay discounts for labs are as high as 60%, for example, Solstas Labs out of Winston Salem NC where many Charlotte area providers send lab work.

    Our hospital charges for the birth of our son were “only” discounted 20% by PHCS. This is actually quite low. The hospital would have given a 20% discount anyway for self-pay. In comparison, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, the state’s largest network by far (6 million members+) gets a roughly 35% discount on maternity hospital bills.

    But, the trade-off is you pay much more for BCBS of NC.

    And the important thing as said, there is a “stop-loss” still in place, that of your annual household portion – in our case, $3,750 per year for our AHP.

    Had we not had Medi-Share or any other health plan the hospital and related providers would have been billing us a total of around $31,000, leaving us alone with trying to have erroneous charges removed and negotiate bills. Even with a “standard” 20% self-pay discount, we still would probably have been on the hook for well over $20K, maybe less if we would have went to the hospital a few months before delivery to try to pre-negotiate a self-pay rate.

    …Overall, we are pleased with Medi-Share and plan to stick with it for year four. We also like the emphasis of living a Godly, Christ-centered lifestyle that MS emphasizes, which traditional insurance does not.

    • HappyKunt says

      What i want to know is why god hates someone so much to make them sick and then you try to go against gods will and save them ? What’s up with that?

      • Lovie Kerr says

        I don’t know if your comment was just rhetorical or if you really would like a response, but just in case you are really asking, I’ll tell you what I know that may shed light on the subject.

        The only thing I’m aware of that God hates is sin. The Bible is a love story which tells of God’s plan to save His people who are born into a fallen world which is the domain of satan. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on earth, to save humanity from the power of sin and satan. God’s gift of love is for all who choose to accept it. Jesus’ sacrifice gives believers eternal life from that moment on. This doesn’t mean that we will live this life free from pain, sickness or suffering because this is still a fallen world, but it does mean that we will face those challenges with the peace that passes understanding knowing that Jesus has overcome sin and death and He will come again and when He does all things will be new. God’s love is for you too, and there is nothing like it. It changed my life to learn that God loves me with an incomprehensible love. There is nothing I can ever do to make God love me more and nothing that will ever cause Him to love me less. He would like for you to know His love also.
        Ephesians 1:13,14
        In Christ, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
        God will come into even the darkest places to shine His light of love and forgiveness. Just ask Him and you will be amazed.
        God bless you.

        • John says

          @Lovie Kerr and @Maria below, If you look at the user name of the person which is HappyKunt, you were responding to, It’s clear it was a comment troll. lol

      • Maria says

        It is true, God only hates our sins that destroy our lives & separates us from Him who is holy. God should not be blamed for all our sicknesses. Because most sicknesses are consequences of our wrong choices, bad eating habits & ignorance of proper nutrition & other elements or factors that contribute to that situation. Plus, we live in a fallen world which is the consequence of sin from Adam & Eve. So we can’t blame & accuse God of hating us because of our illnesses. In fact, Jesus our God came into our world to heal all kinds of sicknesses & diseases. The Bible teaches that He bore our sicknesses & our infirmities upon His body. And He even paid our sin debt with His holy life so we can be forgiven & be healed in our spirits & souls. Only Jesus can make us whole & can heal us from the effects & consequences of sin in our lives. Jesus said, ” I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life. No one goes to the Father in heaven except by Me.” John 14:6 Turn your life over to Jesus & be made whole.

  2. says

    Craig…we use Medi-Share and love it. As a self employed, faith-based adviser, it helps keep our families health care costs low and even provides a financial incentive for us to live healthier lives. Since we are vegans anyways, the lower costs help us justify our costlier, but healthy lifestyle. With traditional insurance, I always felt I was subsidizing the unhealthy policy holders.

    I saw an article on today that was about 50-Somethings Having Their Own Health-Care Crisis. It mentioned several alternatives, but it did not mention Medi-Share. I would think for Christians this type of insurance alternative is a no-brainer.

    • says

      Thanks for the feedback. You sound like an ideal Medi-Share customer. In your situation (much like my own) it’s nearly impossible to find a better arrangement.
      Unfortunately, we’ve never been able to qualify for the health incentive even though we eat and live very healthy lifestyles.

      • Todd Fuller says


        I am a curious as to why you never qualified for the health incentive discount?
        We are not vegans.


        • says

          My wife’s BMI is too low. She’s always been a slender person. We’ve even spent the last three months trying to fatten her up :). She’s been doing strength training, drinking protein shakes, and eating all the rich in protein foods our health advisor suggested. Despite all her hard work she wasn’t able to gain the needed 5 pounds. Just yesterday we finally resolved ourselves to the fact that it’s just not going to happen.

          • Bruce says

            In the winter native Americans ate huge amounts of proteins and fats. By Spring, they were very slender. In the Summer, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables that they could grow and find as well as the protein and fat. If you want to gain weight, eat the Summer food: more vegetables and fruits (corn, tomatoes, stuff high in carbs, but not pure sugar)

          • Linda says

            Just curious what they consider a healthy BMI range is, because I like to keep mine at the low end.

          • Erina says

            I have the same problem with BMI, I don’t see how it’s a issue but we’ll see what happens since I just submitted my application.

          • Maria says

            That explains why, she is not gaining weight – too much protein. Balance your meal with complex carbs which are the healthier carbs.

    • says

      I am a 50 something, just signed up for Medishare, have been approved, but have to pay the more for the health partnership. It seems its because of high LDL. Just wondering if anyone has had experience in lowering this part of the cholesterol? I eat turkey and fish, and red meat about 1 x a month. I eat fresh vegetable salad every noon, and only small amount of meat and vegie for evening meal. I do eat a fair amount of farm raised eggs for breakfast.

      • Gerry Presby says

        I have had great luck with lowering cholesterol by taking niacin after trying several statins which caused me leg muscle pain, even though the doctor kept pushing it. Finally a cardiologist told me about it and it lowered my total cholesterol from 265 to 186. It has to be the right kind of niacin. I use Slo-Niacin which doesn’t cause flushing because its time release and you have to start at a low dose and work your way up. I take 1000mg a day now.

        • T.Chapman says

          While Niacin can help marginally lower triglycerides, it does very little for LDL (bad) cholesterol. There is also no evidence that it decreases risks for stroke and heart attack as statins do.

        • Don Philippbar says

          Slow release niacin is very bad as it gets into the intestinal tract where you don’t want it. Need to buck up and take the regular and do it right after a meal.

      • Vicki says

        I was successful in lowering my Cholesterol, increasing the good HDL and lowering the LDL. I have changed my lifestyle. I read the book, “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman. I also take “Red Yeast Rice Extract” with CoQ10 by Healthier Lives. This is a natural statin. You take 2-3 daily. My values are now in the normal range. P.S. both my parents had Cholesterol problems and took prescription statins.

        My best to you,

        • Connie Stelly says

          I see that you take Red Yeast Rice for cholesterol. I did that which helped, but a friend of mine said that it shouldn’t be taken on a long term basis. Can’t recall the side effect, but I’m sure you can google it.

      • Susan says

        Try the a daily dose of 2 TBS of organic apple cider vinegar, mixed with honey and lemon in water….worth a shot! That’s what I’m trying now.

      • Justanother Finplanner says

        You might try almonds. Not only were almond buds on the menora but almonds raise good, HDL, cholesterol 19%!
        Also eating omega 3s, sardines, salmon, etc., seems to help with the golden ratio, TG/HDL – Dr. Sears talks about that in a CBN interview.
        You may also want to try Cacao, not cocoa. I have a friend who is a PT who says that her cholesterol dropped dramatically after she started cacao – whose properties have been studied extensively after a Harvard professor discovered that an EKG machine had found no heart attacks among the Kuna people in 15 years.

    • HappyKunt says

      What will you do if you get really sick ? Can you cover a $3 million dollar medical bill ? no matter how healthy you think your lifestyle is.

  3. Todd Fuller says

    I have the opposite problem, too high of a BMI. The good thing (and bad thing) is that BMI is just an estimate of one’s “body fatness” using height and weight. It is pretty good for the vast majority of folks at estimating the percentage of fat to lean muscle/skeletal mass. But, with really short people, or really tall people, it is no good. The good thing is, that MS seems to understand this and will take other factors in to consideration.

    A more accurate way to measure “body fatness” is having someone, preferrably a fitness professional such as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, use skinfold calipers to check 5 to 7 locations on the body. The most accurate way is using a water tank device, where the person goes submerged in a water tank, but, these are expensive and hard to find.

    Everyone needs an “essential” minimum amount of fat – women a bit more than man. The bad news is, most Americans have too much.

  4. says


    Just wanted to say a big thank you for sharing your Medishare experience!! My husband and I are considering this (along with Samaritan Ministry), so reading your personal experience and the other comments was very helpful. God bless you!

    P.S. Thanks for your input and personal experience as well, Todd Fuller! Very helpful details.

    • Todd Fuller says

      Yeah, no problem. In the next several weeks or so, I intend to post a “final report” of sorts on our first major experience with Medi-Share 2.0, that related to the birth of our son on MS 2.0. Overall, a good experience, and most of the “bad” was related to the maternity sharing limit which now no longer exists for eligible births as of August 1, 2012. The side effects of that limit were, and still are, a pain to deal with, but that limit is no more.

      • Brittany says

        I know this was posted a couple of years ago but was hoping to read your final thoughts in dealing with medishare when it came to the birth of your son. My husband and I have one son that we had while insured with bcbs. We are thinking about switching to medishare but some of the maternity stuff is holding me back. We’re not planning on having another child for at least another year or so but would like to be prepared. If you could possible link the post or email it, that would be wonderful.

  5. CJ Lynn says

    Hey, I was wondering if anyone knows how to find out what services are “covered”? (maybe covered isn’t the right term in this case, but what things will be eligible to be paid) Most of my first choice health care is alternative/preventative which insurance companies limit if they cover at all. Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, nutrition supplements…
    Do you think I could contact them with specific billing codes to find out about coverage when I’m not a member?
    thanks for any info!! =)

    • Todd Fuller says

      See here for what is possibly eligible for sharing:

      The guidelines are reasonably detailed. Section VI is the probably sweet spot for you.

      I’d say that alternative and chiropractic are definitely possibly eligible for sharing. Medi-Share is big in to preventative; they provide a health discount if you meet certain criteria (weight, body fat % or BMI, and HbA1c level).

      Calling and giving specific CPT codes is not a bad idea, although in the murky world of medical billing, shopping around before the fact is almost considered illegal to hospitals, providers, health plans and health insurance companies. Now, it will be different if you were shopping for anything else like a car, TV, house, etc.

      • Wade says

        I can not recommend this service. After 2 years without submitting a single claim. Medishare has almost doubled it’s premium. It’s outrageous. If I wanted to get scammed like this I would have stayed with the Obamacare providers. I’ve decided that we will take our chances without insurance for a while.

          • Wade Davies says

            Well Colleen, it’s been a couple months since my previous outburst and I’m back with the plan. What happened is that they took away my healthy incentive and raised our HHP on account of my wife’s birthday (one year cost us an additional 60 dollars per month). I had a look around for something comparable but the costs are similar. After speaking to someone higher in the food chain at Medi-share, I was able to pass their requirements for the healthy incentive and also dropped one of my adult children off the plan. It is still expensive but we cannot afford to go without. I am also committed to the idea of a faith based alternative to Obamacare. Which I am hearing ominous rumours about. All of the minimal coverage offered by my and my children’s employers are shamefully stripped down front and back with the same creeping premium and high deductable. I think this is a result of our being too complacent for too long.

        • Paul says

          ” Expensive” is a very relative term. You can’t say Medi share is expensive if you take the time to compare it to other traditional insurances you could buy. Our family has had Medishare for at least 20 years and it has paid for broken bones, surgeries, cancer treatment, birth of children, you name it. Never had an issue and we use the docs of our choosing. One of the best features I like is that it has nothing to do with my work so going from job to job, or being self-empoyed I don’t have to worry about whether we have insurance now. Healthcare is expensive not Medishare. Medishare is the least expensive way to pay your health care bills as the author of this blog is figuring out, Plus the organization is run by legitimate Christians who actually care about your health. Might sound like I work for this organization, but I don’t. I’m a bi vocational pastor and just appreciate the ministry

          • Michele says

            Wow. 20 Years. That is great. You are probably a great person to talk to if we are looking into this program for the first time.

          • Karen says

            Hi Paul. I’m thankful you have 20 years experience and you’re still happy with Medishare. I’m very close to signing up but have a question I have yet to see addressed by anyone. I happen to take a very expensive medication ($400/month) that insurance does not cover unless I meet my large deductible. The rep from Medishare says I can utilize a pharmacy discount company like GoodRX, which I tried for my first time last month with success (same prescription was less than $150). However my understanding is GoodRX is less than a year old and who knows if they will be able to sustain their business model and stay in business for the long term. My question is has Medishare always had pharmacy options for you over the 20 years? Thank you for your insight.

  6. Wanda King says

    I’m looking at Medi-Share now since the advent of “Obamacare”. I’m 67 and would go the Senior Assist route; have paid a premium to another company for about 2 yrs. now, and so far haven’t had any need for them to pay anything for me. Have been well, thank the Lord! I think I could get the Senior Assist cheaper than the premium I’m paying right now for a medi-gap policy. The current thrust of this administration on abortion and contraceptive coverage gives me terrible pause and distress for the moral decay that has engulfed this country. – I want to go a more constructive and Christian route with where I put my money if I can qualify. – Thanks for your review!
    W. King

  7. David says

    I am a pastor of a small church in NY. We are considering joining CCM and wonder if anyone is part of CCM as a pastor/missionary/Christian worker and also has their church/agency also providing them some funds for out-of-pocket expenses on a tax-free basis? We now have a high deductible health plan with an HSA, but HSA is not compatible with CCM’s program. It looks like a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is/was the way to go, but recent articles seem to indicate that ACA has squashed the use of these as stand-alone HRAs. Anyone have any knowledge of HRAs in light of ACA? (IRS pub 969 talks about HRAs.) as it might work with CCM? Thanks.

  8. says

    I am a pastor in Houston, Texas, thinking to join Medi-Share do you know the networks or Hospitals that will take medi-share in the Houston area?
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Pastor Medina

  9. ron says

    Hi,thanks for sharing your thoughts.I am a single 50 year old male,self employed.I live in NJ and was wondering how i would go about evaluating if medishare would be right for me.I have no health issues and was thinking of getting catastrophic coverage.Would you recommend researching on ehealth insurance for a comparison? Any insights that you can provide would be helpful,thank yo in advance! Ron

  10. Earl Alfaro says

    What has your experience been with the cost of prescription drugs under Medi-Share? My family and I are considering their program but need more info regarding this benefit.

    • says

      Earl – Prescription Drugs can be a challenge in Medishare programs. Particularly for people coming in with pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes where insulin can be a major part of the costs. Can you share your more “specific” concerns?

    • Paul says

      There’s lots of ways to get Discount Drugs. I haven’t found that to be a big issue. If you’re using something so new that it has no generic counterpart then perhaps it would be a Factor when you consider Medi-Share vs. Insurance, but with regular medications that are common in the marketplace it really is not a big deal in my experience. Your Medishare adviser can tell you how to locate the best pricing for medications in your area

  11. John says

    I am looking at Medishare, BCBS is gotten way to expensive, but what concerns me is that none of the doctors that we go to and only 1 within 10 miles are in network. Neither is the two major hospitals. Only the large teaching hospital is, which I don’t want to go to unless I have something rare or major trauma.

    I was told on the phone that I could still go to my doctors and hospitals and they are eligible for sharing after I meet my family deductible.

    I just don’t want to get stuck with lots of things not eligible.

    Any experience with these?

    • Paul says

      As I posted above my family has used Medi-Share for at least 20 years in multiple locations and gone to the doctors of our choosing and it never been turned away by someone saying they don’t participate in the program. You get a medical insurance type card for Medishare just like with any traditional Insurance Company. You give it to your doctors office worker and they figure it out. Literally never had a problem going to the doctor’s of our choice and having them paid

    • Ann says

      Yeah, i’ve experienced that this year. We live in Colorado and I had some medical issues this year and was referred by my physician to a specialist. The doctor was in Network, the facility that he worked at was not and neither was the anesthesiologist that was on staff at the facility. We found this out after the expensive diagnostic procedure that had to be done to figure out what was wrong with me. We were assured by the insurance person at the facility that everything would be covered and in network. (The PHCS website does have out of date information about facilities and doctors that are in network so we assumed the facility was correct when they said they were in network). In the end, Medishare did not cover much of the facility bill and we ended up paying a lot more than we expected. Yes our AHP was met, and they did share a small portion (about 400.00) of the bill but we ended up paying so much more (almost $800.00 more), the anesthesiologist bill was over 1000.00 which none of it was shared at all with the community of believers, and this was way after my AHP was met. And, the prescription discount is not very good either. It only saves $1 off of retail price of the current BP medication that I am on. The specialist gave me a prescription that cost $3200.00 and the Medishare discount got it down to $2600.00. I’m a bit disappointed. There are no in network facilities within a 100 mile radius of where we live that would have been in network. Do your research first, check the doctor, the lab, the facility, anesthesiologist and anyone else that will touch you before you have any procedures done or you may end up paying more out of pocket than what you expected. Its a shame that you have to work so hard, I didn’t realize that I had to know every facet of the way a medical facility works before having a procedure done. Maybe I should have requested a counseling session between me, the facility and Medishare first and had them outline each thing that was to be done to make sure it was all in network and if it wasn’t, how much I would be responsible for.

  12. says

    I am evangelical Christian insurance broker. I recommend “share” programs regularly to individuals who are priced out of traditional health insurance. I ALWAYS utilize affordable supplemental insurance to help fill the gaps.

    For instance, Craig with you, I would have included a small accident policy that would have covered your visit to the Urgent Care. In fact, the benefits are paid directly to you and not to the provider, so that $400 visit would have triggered a $500 event benefit.

    I also include a small “Critical Illness” policy that covers cancer, and ICU visits for any reason. Again, your skin cancer would have been covered.

    Adding these ancillaries along with the “share” program is still much less expensive than regular insurance. It accomplishes the need to avoid the ACA tax penalty – and adding the ancillary provides upfront money to cover the things in life that actually do happen to families on a routine basis.

    I am always available to offer advise. Feel free to give me a call. Thanks for posting a great article!

    • Peggy says

      I am also an insurance agent and have been trying to familiarize myself with the Medi-Share plans that are available, their differences and pros/cons, etc so I can share info with clients that would benefit from this type of program. Would I be able to communicate with you offline via email to get some info from your research?
      My email is
      Thank you,

    • Karen Los says

      As an insurance agent, this concept really intrigued me. The Affordable Care Act is awful and this sounded like a interesting concept.

      I was curious if we, as agents, get any compensation for the sale? And, is it considered a substitute for The Affordable Care act?

    • Karla Bayne Rodocker says

      Dear Barry,

      I am looking at Medi Share seriously as the existing medical program I have is having dramatic increases.

      Reading your comments it appears that Medi Share does have gaps that a supplemental would have to fill. I am a 58 year female with good health, and my insurance premiums being high are due to my age only.

      I would be interested in hearing from you regarding the supplemental requirements you mentioned.

      Please contact me at your earliest opportunity.

  13. says

    I have a question about changing my AHP (Annual Household Portion)? I remember them saying if I move one direction there would be no waiting period, however the other direction I would have to wait 6 months. Either way there is a $75 charge. Example of what I am asking is If I have a $5,000 AHP and want to change it to $7,500 or to $3,750 which one is it that I can do immediately and which one would I have to wait 6 months? Thanks


  14. Phil says

    Is there a Plan B ?? I cannot afford to be part of Medi Share either.
    I heard the radio advertisement for Medi Share with the guy’s smooth voice and relaxing background music. However amidst the ‘christian’ packaging, I only see limited usefulness / help.
    My wife and I are currently not covered by any Medical or Dental; however we both need to have treatment at the present time.
    Wonder if any other options are available?? (Medi Share isn’t even insurance yet it is comparable to the mandated packages through Obamacare!!) A few hundred a month may be doable for certain people but not for everyone.

  15. noah says

    This plan is a great idea but unfortunately if your already sick and even on insurance now its not for you. They won’t cover pre exisiting conditions just like the old system in the USA. Its not very Christian to turn down people who are already ill or make them wait while paying premiums for x amount of time with no benefits. I would also question the network and who does or does not accept in your area. Last thing you want is for your local hospital to not participate and you get stuck with a bill for half a million for something catastrophic and chronic.

  16. joseph stevens says

    Your writing is full of problems. There is no plan with a $20,000 deductible, this is a down right lie. You should be ashamed as a Christian recommending plans that cover very little and discriminate against other faiths. Shame on you.

  17. M.C says

    Do not go into this share system. They have so many hidden rules that are of course disclosed in tinny letters somewhere along their policies that one can spend months (rather a full time job) trying to figure out and match them with a doctor in network. It is a waste of money and your time, you are better of paying for an actual insurance or not having one at all because with Medi-share you will end up paying all of your medical expenses and on top of them paying them fees and so cold premium or what ever they are called. DO NOT FALL INTO IT!

  18. Ann says

    I work in a medical doctors office and the doctor/family and I are both on Medi-Share.
    Unfortunately, Traditional health insurance is not only very high priced monthly with high deductibles and co-pays, it has limitations too. Most of the time, you have to see your primary care physician and get a referral to a specialist. The PCP has to call your insurance company and give the details for the referral and get a referral authorization to then call the specialist with that info. So to see a foot doctor or a dermatologist, the process will take time and unnecessary appts. The busy PCPs have had to hire another staff person just to do the referrals and authorization. Many primary care doctors are opting to not take the HMO insurance (which is what many purchase thru the website).
    The limitations are not always read in the fine print or explained for the person to understand.
    This whole insurance debacle is a maze for many without knowledge of insurance. It is not just about the price you pay monthly and deductibles. There are so many more variables the average person does not understand.
    We have many disappointed and confused patients when they present their traditional insurance card and find out their out of pocket expense.
    Our office is always glad to give a self-pay fee for payment at time of service and it’s always less than their out of pocket expense would have been.

  19. says

    Great article. I know you said you never exceeded your AHP, but if you do then the sharing works very smoothly. While it’s definitely true that Medi-Share isn’t insurance, it definitely functions very similarly to it in most ways including negotiated discounts.

    If anyone is interested, I have put together a detailed price comparison of MediShare vs conventional insurance here:

  20. Scott says

    has anyone had experience with Chiropractic care with Medi-Share. My wife has back issues and goes to the chiropractor once a week. Wondering how Medi-Share would pay for this.

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  22. Sean says

    I want to try medishare, but it sounds a little too strict to me. Also, my son has a pre-existimg condition, which may complicate everything…

  23. Mary says

    Advice-Do your homework thoroughly & redo it if you have to. Place the bottom line of Medishare with the traditional insurance premiums. Medishare is the same or more. Although this is couched as “Christians sharing burdens” which can be done in a million of ways,(feeding the hungry, your own church ministries) your costs must meet the deductible FIRST. No this is not a good way to get help unless you want to take a leap of faith and choose to meet a $7500 deductible first-paying 100% for a visit BEFORE you see the “Christians sharing your burden”. They will discuss that of course you have a deductible all insurance does – 1/2 true. Your visits would be $45 or whatever on traditional as opposed to $400 or whatever a visit is. Not a good idea, seems more of a scam. Truly how do they know you don’t have a glass of wine, or sex before marriage? I harken back to the catholic church granting a divorce only after you pay for it. Honesty of course but slippery slope all the same.

  24. Caroleann says

    Do you have to get a medical exam for initial approval, like with life insurance, or is the application just based on self reporting (weight, BMI, cholesterol, etc.)? Maybe they get your medical records from prior providers to back up your answers to the questions on the application?

    Also, some insurance brokers posted here that they offer hospital indemnity plans to supplement Medi-Share but when I looked at some of those policies online (United Healthcare) they state that you must have an ACA compliant plan in order to qualify for the supplement. Since Medi-Share is not ACA compliant, how can I get one of those supplement plans?

    Thanks, everyone, for all the great info on this site.

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