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Faith-based model provides option for those priced out of insurance, but it comes with risks

By Desert Sun / USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative  
   January 29, 2020

When Bob Stedman suffered a minor stroke in 2017, he received 60 personal checks from strangers, along with get-well cards and notes of encouragement. The 55-year-old Orange County father of five used those checks, provided through a health care cost-sharing ministry, to pay for his $13,000 hospital bill. 

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