*Editor’s note: This information was published in the June 2023 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.*
Maintained pre-existing conditions
Meets all of the following criteria:
- You have gone at least 90 days without testing or treatment
- Your medical provider states that no further testing or treatment is needed
- Your medical records show that you are cured or on a maintenance treatment regimen
Medical bills for these conditions may be submitted for sharing on the Prayer Page as defined by the Guidelines.
Example of a maintained condition:
Amy, a Gold member, had a minor heart problem in October and joined CHM exactly four months later (February). Prior to joining, Amy had a December appointment with her cardiologist, at which time the doctor said she didn’t need to be seen again for six months. Amy’s treatment plan specified that aspirin is the only medication she needs to take regularly. Any new medical bills Amy might incur after February are now eligible for sharing through CHM’s programs for maintained pre-existing conditions because it would be a new medical incident—she has taken only routine medication and it has been over 90 days since she last received treatment.
Active pre-existing conditions
Meets ANY of the following criteria:
- You have experienced signs or symptoms either before or at the time of joining CHM (regardless of whether you’ve received a diagnosis)
- Your condition actively needs treatment other than maintenance (routine) medications
- Your medical records show that you haven't been cured of this incident
Medical bills for these conditions cannot be shared as defined by the Guidelines.
Example of an active condition:
Jess, a Gold member, had a heart attack in October and joined CHM two months later (December). During that time, she had surgery and several follow-up appointments, some of which occurred after she joined the ministry. She is in the middle of an active pre-existing incident, as she hasn’t been declared cured, put on maintenance medication, or gone 90 days without treatment. Her bills related to this incident wouldn’t be eligible for sharing.