April 20, 2024

The Christian ministry helps the community with health care expenses, including impending medical debt

An Ohio-based Christian ministry is helping community members with their medical debt – one family at a time.

Christian Healthcare Ministries is a nonprofit, membership-based ministry in which Christians voluntarily share the cost of each other’s medical bills, according to the nonprofit’s website.

With four in 10 insured adults facing cost barriers to care, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Consumer Experiences with Health Insurance, CHM is working to help those in need.

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President and CEO Craig Brown joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” to discuss how CHM is making a difference.

Brown discussed the issue of medical debt that many people face today, noting that it can cause anxiety and stress, even crushing hopes and dreams.

President and CEO Craig Brown of Christian Healthcare Ministries joined “Fox & Friends Weekend,” along with a couple who have used the ministry for years for their health care expenses. (Fox News)

“Medical debt … puts a strain on people financially,” he said.

Brown said CHM is an affordable alternative to health insurance.

Members make monthly payments based on the donation level they choose.

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Depending on the program level they choose, members can submit their medical bills and required forms to CHM, at which point the bills will be split and members reimbursed.

“It’s very unusual to have a community that stops what they’re doing to pray for you.”

Over the past 40 years, CHM has paid over $9.4 billion in members’ medical bills, helping members save 40-60% overall, according to Brown.

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Brown said the nonprofit has helped families save 40-60% of the cost of health care. (Fox News)

Cast members Hannah and Blaine Crews joined Brown on “Fox & Friends Weekend” to discuss their experience with CHM — and how it changed their lives.

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Hannah Crews explained that they were struggling with unexpected medical debt due to a medical issue her husband had during the first year of marriage.

By using CHM, they found the most cost-effective way to help pay those bills while also choosing providers they wanted – regardless of network status.

“We had the freedom to choose the type of medical professional we wanted,” she said.

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The Crews family has been using Christian Health Care Ministries for years – calling it their saving grace. (Fox News)

Because of CHM, the mother of two was able to choose an obstetrician during her first pregnancy, because of the cost-effective options available to the growing family.

Blaine said that was one of the best parts of choosing CHM.

“In our opinion, it’s great in that respect,” he said.

“When the physical body needs healing, often, there is a spiritual component that also needs healing.”

In addition to the financial support, Hannah Crews said the religious aspect of the program was also special to her family.

She said they often have members of the community pray for them during difficult times.

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“It’s very unusual to have a community that stops what they’re doing to pray for you,” she said.

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Using CHM allowed one couple to save money when they had unexpected medical bills early in their marriage. (Fox News)

CHM works to heal, affirm and be in God’s presence through sometimes tough healing times, according to Brown.

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“When the physical body needs healing, often, there is a spiritual component that also needs healing,” he said.

For more information on CHM, visit chministries.org.

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