CHM milestones leading up to our 40th year

*Editor’s note: This information was published in the December 2020 issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.*

In 2021, CHM celebrates its 40th year of serving Christians as they share each other's medical bills.

As we look to the future, we want to share with you, our CHM family, the many ways that God has blessed the ministry during its 40-year history. Whether you've been a member 40 years or 40 minutes, we thank you for being a part of what God has accomplished for His children through CHM!

1981: Health cost sharing was born after a pastor was left with thousands of dollars in medical bills following an accident. He appealed to supporters of a rescue mission that he founded. Their shared donations helped him pay all of his medical bills.

1990s: The ministry moved into a former elementary school building in Barberton, Ohio.

2000: The ministry put into place comprehensive checks and balances to safeguard and steward members’ monthly financial gifts. (More info can be found on our About CHM page.)

2007: The ministry changed its name to Christian Healthcare Ministries to better reflect its mission and purpose.

2009: CHM created a proprietary medical bill processing system and database to better serve members. Also, the ministry’s monthly newsletter went digital.

Ramsey show logo2010: CHM became the only health cost sharing ministry heard on The Ramsey Show.

2011: The ministry grew significantly after being featured on the Fox News show, “Huckabee.”

2013: CHM became a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity after fulfilling 20 stringent requirements of transparency, faithfulness and service.

2014-2018: CHM grew at a rapid pace.

2017: CHM’s increase in staff to serve its growing membership saw the ministry expand into a second location in Barberton, Ohio—another former middle school building purchased for just $1. 

2018: The ministry achieved a total of $3 billion in medical bills shared since its inception. Also, CHM’s monthly newsletter (and e-newsletter) was rebranded as Heartfelt Magazine.

2019: CHM reached $4 billion in medical bills shared. In 2019 alone, the ministry shared nearly $500 million, which helped approximately 50,000 families.

2020: CHM significantly reduced member bill sharing time. At magazine publication, average sharing time is under 75 days. In addition, CHM reached $5 billion in shared medical bills over the ministry’s lifetime.

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