This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10 (New Living Translation)
We often receive questions from our members about the purpose of annual renewal fees. Without understanding the context of this yearly addition, many members contact us feeling confused and frustrated by the extra dollars added to their monthly share amount. There is no need for alarm, and we hope to equip members with the info they need to be savvy consumers both within the Liberty community and the greater context of medical health.
One of the most beautiful aspects of a sunny summer morning is the birdsong. Dozens of avian species have beautiful and unique sounds that greet the early riser. Jesus told his followers that God cares for the needs of sparrows, and you can hear their delight in his provision when they raise their voices. Long before Jesus's Sermon on the Mount, David worshiped God in the wilderness and used the same bird imagery to describe God's tender care.
At the beginning of the year, our Social Media Specialist Sam Long resolved to begin a new journey of learning to enjoy the kitchen. She has written a blog series over the last several months about following healthy recipes and cooking from scratch. Join her on her most recent quest to conquer the world of quinoa, and enjoy a sweet bonus recipe in honor of Independence Day!
At Liberty HealthShare, members share more than just the cost of medical bills. They also share certain values and beliefs which contribute to a sense of community. Our members adhere to Christian principles that motivate them to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the body provided to them by God. In addition, Liberty HealthShare members follow the principle of “love your neighbor as yourself” set forth in Matthew 7. This concept is the basis of our members’ desire to assist each other in paying for eligible medical costs.
We often say that the adjustment to a healthsharing mentality from a third-party payment system mentality can be a drastic one. New members don't always understand our push for personal responsibility and a community mindset right away. It is our privilege to come alongside and equip members because we believe it honors the biblical standard of caring for one's neighbor. Our model is based in part off of Hebrews 13:16, which reads "Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices" (HCSB). Healthsharing is made possible when each member cares for the needs of another member as a means of pleasing the Lord. We hold this concept at the core of what we do.
The sharing mindset was built into the structure (and name!) of our ShareBox system. Our members know that the digital ShareBox on our website is the receptacle both for their suggested monthly share amount and medical bill submissions. However, the ShareBox also serves to connect members with each other as their medical needs are being met. By accessing the "Sharing History" tab in their personal ShareBox, members can see how their sharing amount is distributed each month and send a personal message of encouragement to each recipient member. Our blog is filled with testimonials from members who have experienced Christ-honoring care from the Liberty HealthShare community in the midst of crisis, and this feature gives members the opportunity to contribute to that care.
As part of our Human Interest series on Liberty HealthShare staff members, we interviewed Leslie Brunk (pictured with her son), the supervisor of our Member Services department. She and her team function as the front line of Liberty's member care. Members call with questions about anything from the Sharing Guidelines to doctor appointments and talk to someone under Leslie's direction. Many members speak with Leslie when their complex medical circumstances require her hands-on guidance and expertise.
We believe that combating health care costs begins with caring for personal health. This value is at the core of our healthsharing model, as we encourage our members to take on responsibility for healthful choices before there are ever medical bills to share. To this end, we offer the HealthTrac Program to incoming members with pre-existing conditions like Type 2 diabetes, obesity, or smoking, that can be alleviated by healthy lifestyle changes. Members are paired with a personal health coach who helps them create and work towards achievable fitness and diet goals until they graduate from the program as fully integrated members of Liberty HealthShare. One of our members, Carla, reached out to us with her experience in the HealthTrac program since joining Liberty, and it is our pleasure to share her story.