My name is [NAME] from [CITY] and I am reaching out to the [Senator/Representative] about Health Care Sharing Ministries.
I’m a proud supporter of Health Care Sharing Ministries.
Right now, the legislature is considering a deeply flawed piece of legislation, HB XXX, being sponsored by the Connecticut Insurance Department, which would impose punitive requirements on Health Care Sharing Ministries. The bill would single out these ministries and potentially subject them to even greater bureaucratic scrutiny than health insurers, and eventually shut them down if they are deemed insufficiently compliant. This grant of unprecedented power to the Insurance Department over religious ministries would unfairly burden the religious exercise of these faith communities. This misguided proposal must be stopped!
I urge the [Senator/Representative] to stop this bill and keep the government out of Christian health care.
Specifically, I would like him to know;
- More than four thousand Connecticut residents have chosen a faith-based alternative to health insurance. Their ministries shouldn’t be required to provide exhaustive and intrusive reporting to the Insurance Department and subjected to the punitive enforcement authority of the Insurance Commissioner because they are not insurance and are already regulated by the Attorney General.
- These communities are led by faith and stay true to their biblical beliefs in their health care choices. We want the government to stay out of these communities of spiritual and financial support for Connecticut Christians.
- Since the 1980s, Health Care Sharing Ministries have helped their members share eligible medical bills, including major medical expenses such as surgery, childbirth, cancer treatment, and other life-changing events. They provide reliable help for more than a million Americans, including more than 4,000 Connecticut Christians.
- Health Care Sharing Ministries are uniquely American; they build on the traditional right of Americans to share their burdens in like-minded communities and to forge bold and innovative solutions to big challenges like the rising cost of health care.
- We don’t need more government control over our daily lives. Enough is enough.