Liberty Healthshare Members in Utah Advocate for Healthcare Sharing
Last fall, we informed existing Liberty HealthShare members in Utah that their state legislature was considering a bill that would lock in protections for members of healthcare sharing ministries. Early in 2016, the bill was sponsored in the House by a legislator who is also a physician. For the last couple of weeks, we have been encouraging our Utah members to reach out to state legislators and advocate for healthcare sharing, and what a great response we've had!
While there is no problem or danger for Health Care Sharing Ministries in Utah, we can see that people of faith are coming under increasing legal pressures elsewhere. Utah HB113 would specifically state that healthcare sharing ministries are not insurance companies and may freely operate in Utah without being regulated as insurance. Liberty HealthShare members have been critical in the effort to demonstrate what a blessing healthcare sharing is and how it changes peoples' lives.
HB113 was addressed in a hearing of the House Business and Labor Committee on Wednesday, February 3rd. Liberty members came to the hearing and told legislators of their experiences as members. They very clearly illustrated that healthcare sharing is NOT insurance. It is freedom from insurance - and we like it that way. The bill received a unanimous vote of support!
We are so proud and grateful to all our Utah resident members who took the time to call and email their legislators. We have heard directly from legislators that this mattered immensely. Liberty HealthShare will continue to follow HB113 in Utah. It is up for a vote in the House soon. We will also continue to monitor legislative activity in other states. If you see a Policy Update email from us, know that something critical is occurring and we are asking for your assistance.
Together, we are changing healthcare - for good.