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CMF CURO – First Catholic-based Health Care Sharing Ministry

Today [October 2, 2014] at the National Press Club at 12pm in the Zenger Room, the Catholic 501(c)(3) non-profit Christ Medicus Foundation is announcing the creation of CMF CURO (, a Catholic Living Health Care Ministry. CMF CURO is a member-representative to Samaritan Ministries International (“Samaritan” or “SMI”), offering Catholics the first Catholic health sharing ministry. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, CMF CURO is being launched to provide Catholics and all people of faith with affordable access to medical care that protects their religious liberty and the Gospel of Life based on Catholic teaching.

Over 300,000 Americans are members of health sharing ministries nationwide and they share over 200 million in health care costs per year according to the Alliance for Health Care Sharing Ministries ( Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), members of health sharing ministries in existence prior to 1999 are exempt from the ACA’s individual mandate. CMF CURO provides Catholics an affordable alternative to secular medical insurance that is consistent with Catholic teaching, allowing Catholics to protect their religious liberty and their individual right of conscience.

The Christ Medicus Foundation, in Partnership with Samaritan Ministries International is Launching the Nation’s First Catholic based Health Care Sharing Ministry, CMF CURO

CURO in Latin means to care for, cure, heal, and watch over.

CMF CURO is a Catholic Living Health Care Ministry offered by the Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF).

CMF CURO is not insurance. It is Christian caring.

Link to sign up on the CMF CURO web site.


Obamacare vs. Samaritan Health-Care Ministry: A Case Study

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Mutual Aid Societies

Mutual Aid Society

In a landmark 2000 study, historian David Beito carefully documented ways that the welfare state ate like a cancer at – and, hence destroyed many – private civil-society institutions of mutual aid. But some such institutions still exist. Civil society, fortunately, is robust – although not inextinguishable.

Destroying Civil Society

Samaritan Ministries – a Biblical, non-insurance approach to health care needs

Many people think life without the welfare state would be chaos. In their minds, nobody would help support the less fortunate, and there would be riots in the streets. Little do they know that people found innovative ways of supporting each other before the welfare state existed. One of the most important of these ways was the mutual-aid society.

Mutual aid, also known as fraternalism, refers to social organizations that gathered dues and paid benefits to members facing hardship. According to David Beito in From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State, there was a “great stigma” attached to accepting government aid or private charity during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Mutual aid, on the other hand, did not carry the same stigma. It was based on reciprocity: today’s mutual-aid recipient could be tomorrow’s donor, and vice versa.

Welfare before the Welfare State

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