One of the things our members appreciate most about Liberty HealthShare is the flexibility they enjoy. Because we emphasize both freedom and personal responsibility and do not restrict how, when, or where our members access healthcare professionals, they can choose what is best for them and their families.
This relieves many of the usual healthcare headaches for members who travel, from retirees to those involved in business around the country (or the world). As we recently discovered, healthcare freedom through membership is also coming in handy for the members of Redhead Express, an up-and-coming band.
Redhead Express is made up of sisters Kendra, Alisa, LaRae, and Meghan. They combine American folk influences with rock, pop, country, and even jazz, making it difficult to pin them down to one specific style of music. As their website states, "Some refer to Redhead Express as Folk-Rock or Folk-Pop while others like the Alternative Country label. However, it seems that no matter what they sing, (the genre) is uniquely their own."
Recently, the women of Redhead Express were kind enough to answer some of our questions about tour life and Liberty HealthShare membership when we caught up with them via telephone during a tour stop in Nashville. Here is a portion of our conversation.
A Portable Family Affair
Are all four of you Liberty HealthShare members? What about your families?
Kendra: Yes, we are. There are multiple members of our family out here on the road with us, including spouses, kids, our parents, and our brothers. Every type of membership is represented: singles, couples, and families. In total, 15 of us are Liberty members.
How long have you been members?
LaRae: Since the beginning of the year.
What percentage of the time are you on the road?
Kendra: We perform around 250 shows a year, so most of the year. For this tour, we left at the end of December and will be back home at the end of this month.
How do you juggle family and your travel schedule?
Alisa: We all travel together. We currently have two rigs; a bus and an RV. There's also a 15-passenger van. My husband and our two kids are with me.
LaRae: I have my son out here with me. He's the only one who's school-aged, and I homeschool him on the road.
Meghan: I'm not married and don't have any kids yet.
Kendra: I have my husband and our two kids with me, too. Our mom is the primary babysitter, our dad helps out, and obviously, we and our husbands take care of the kids, too. Once in a while, if we find ourselves in need, we'll find another babysitter to come in and help out. Both Alisa's husband and mine also help out behind the scenes, with audio and merchandise.
How did you find out about Liberty HealthShare and what made you want to join us?
Alisa: My sister-in-law is a member. She and her husband have 9 kids and they have loved being members for quite a long time. My husband decided to call and the thing he liked best was that someone actually answered the phone!
Kendra: We've tried paying for our healthcare through other avenues and there were so many drawbacks. When Alisa's husband called, he spoke so highly of it that we decided to give it a try.
LaRae: I knew about healthcare sharing ministries and actually joined another one before Liberty, but my monthly and annual costs were a lot higher and there was less access to care because they had their own version of networks. I didn't have to worry about any of that with Liberty.
Have any of you needed to access healthcare professionals while on the road?
Meghan: We haven't needed to yet.
Kendra: But odds are, with this many people, that day is coming. That's one of the reasons we appreciate the low AUA because especially with kids, we know that we will have to submit costs for sharing. It's good to know that it won't break the bank.
A Like-Minded Community
In what ways do you find Liberty membership to be helpful in your careers?
Kendra: We love that there are no networks so we can go to anyone. In the past, it was really frustrating to be restricted as to what healthcare providers we could access when we were on the road.
LaRae: Last year I had a significant injury and my care cost a fortune. I love knowing that if anything happens in the future, it won't cost me everything to access healthcare.
Kendra: We also really appreciate knowing we're part of a community with other like-minded people. It means a lot to us to know we value the same thing with the other members.
LaRae: Yeah, I love that it's a Christian ministry and that we're on the same page with our fellow members about the things we will share in.
Alisa: My favorite thing about Liberty is their focus on good health for members. When you become a member, you're encouraged to take better care of yourself through your diet and other lifestyle choices. Our mom always taught us to take good care of ourselves so we won't need the doctor later and this just echoes that advice.
We want to say a huge thank you to Redhead Express for taking the time to talk with us. We're excited that they and their family are members of our sharing community, and we look forward to seeing where their music takes them!
To learn more about Redhead Express, you can visit their website. To listen to their music, you can subscribe to their YouTube channel. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, too!