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Zion Health

 

This Utah-based HealthShare was created in response to the often-exclusive nature of HealthShares.  Although Zion Health was established in 2019, they already have more members than some other long-standing HealthShares. As a result, if you visit any HealthShare review sites in your search for a HealthShare, you will likely see Zion Health ranks near or at the top.

How does a Zion Health membership work?

Zion Health Share extends an open invitation to anyone who wants to be part of a community of people who prioritize their health. Zion Health does consider itself affiliated with a Higher Power, but it does not require members to declare any particular religious beliefs. Though not bound by faith, Zion Health is still a group of like-minded members who desire to balance personal and community responsibility. Members agree that they can best assist one another’s medical expenses by being ethical and conscious about their own well-being.

There are a few things that make Zion Health unique compared to other HealthShares. The most notable is how straightforward the program structure is. Your monthly contribution is determined by your age and your choice of one of three Initial Unsharable Amount (IUA) options. Though the IUA is applied per need, you will never pay more than three IUAs in a rolling twelve-month period. All expenses related to anyone’s need will continue to be 100 percent shareable until you are symptom-free for twelve months. If you experience more than three needs in a twelve-month period, any eligible bills over $500 will be shared.

Zion Health has two primary membership types: Direct and Essential. Direct is Zion Health’s signature membership that is open to anyone who wants access to everything Zion Health has to offer. Direct membership monthly contributions are based simply on age and household size. Essential is designed for larger groups, like an organization providing benefits for its employees, and allows for custom-built memberships. Zion Health also offers the Essential membership to individuals who subscribe to a Direct Primary Care (DPC) provider. Individuals who wish to combine the everyday benefits of DPC membership with the big-picture benefits of HealthShare membership can benefit greatly from the individualized nature of the Zion Health Essential membership. Either mem

bership choice joins members in a top-tier HealthShare community.

What about common health concerns?

Zion Health is mainly designed to assist members with unexpected or unpredictable medical bills; however, their program is also built to address common health concerns and pre-existing medical conditions. Direct memberships include an annual wellness visit that is immediately shareable, and Essential members may include this as one of their custom features. Additionally, for all memberships, sharing for pre-existing conditions is available under a phase-in program.

For pre-existing conditions, you will wait for one year of membership before sharing any medical costs related to a pre-existing condition. After that, you may share limited amounts—the second year of membership you may share up to $25,000, the third year $50,000, and the fourth year $125,000. Most HealthShares simply will not share in costs associated with pre-existing conditions.

The way Zion Health approaches preventive and pre-existing health concerns may be a critical deciding factor for many prospective members.

Membership Requirements

  • Agree to the Zion Health Principles of Membership
  • Be under age 65

Key Considerations

  • Members of all faiths accepted
  • Quick need turn-around
  • Tobacco users accepted, with an additional fee
  • Initial waiting period for some sharing

Pros

  • Work with any provider
  • Telemedicine (Teladoc)
  • Mental health resources (Lifeworks)
  • Annual wellness visit available immediately
  • No annual or lifetime sharing limits
  • At least 90% of contributions used for member sharing
  • Excellent member reviews
  • Maternity sharing for single or unwed mothers
  • Maternity need shared like any other need
  • Grandchildren may participate with grandparents
  • Medical Advocacy Service
  • Additional Giving Program
  • Alternative health treatments shareable
  • Substance abuse treatment shareable (up to $3000)
  • Generic prescriptions shareable (Rx Share)
  • Prescription discounts (OptumRx)
  • IUA discounts may be available for pre-arranged surgeries
  • Access to Healthcare Bluebook
  • Group/Employer programs available
  • End-of-life assistance for members and dependents
  • Colonoscopy, mammogram shareable after 6 months of membership
  • Youth immunizations (up to age 16) shareable after 6 months of membership

Cons

  • Adoption expenses not shareable
  • Fertility not shareable
  • Insulin-dependent Diabetes medications not shareable
  • ADHD, ADHS, SPD not shareable

Ideal Candidates

  • Want a simplified HealthShare experience
  • Need assistance managing pre-existing conditions
  • Do not want to be involved with a strictly religious HealthShare
  • Believe in the concept of helping one another through healthcare cost-sharing
  • Participate recreationally (not professionally) in sporting activities that may result in injury

Watch the Zion Health Introduction video:

Website zionhealth.org
Religious Requirements None
Need Processing Time 3-5 Days
Caps None
Personal Responsibility Per Need IUA: Choice of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000
Pre-existing Limitations One year waiting period for pre-existing. Up to $25,000 in second year; $50,000 in third year; $125,000 thereafter
Pre-existing exception(s) High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes (controlled)
Wellness Visit Yes, immediately available
Preventive Immunizations Yes, 6 month waiting period
Screening for Mammogram Yes, 6 month waiting period
Screening for Colonoscopy Yes, 6 month waiting period
Mental Health Yes, optional membership with LifeWorks
Provider Network None
Need Processing Method Pay provider direct, reimbursement via ACH or check
Telemedicine Teladoc, $0 consultation
Startup Fee 50.00
Renewal Fee 0.00
Prescriptions Rx Share for generics $5/$15, discounts for all others
Maternity Yes; homebirth discounts, will pre-pay
Total Review Rating 5
Membership Size 30,000
Community Start Date 2019

Reviews

HealthShare Guide 15 reviews
4.8 / 5
HealthSharing Reviews 120 reviews
4.8 / 5
Google 87 reviews
4.4 / 5
Better Business Bureau 4 reviews
3.5 / 5
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Zion Health Options

Zion Health Direct Membership Zion Health Essential Membership
Annual Out of Pocket Max 3 x IUA per Household 3 x IUA per Household
Shareable Cost Per Need 100% after IUA 100% after IUA
Max Sharing Per Need Unlimited Unlimited
Extended Sharing Additional Giving Program Additional Giving Program
Doctor's Office Visits Preventive $0, 100% shared after IUA Preventive optional; Shared as part of need
Hospitalization 100% shared after IUA 100% shared after IUA
Emergency Care 100% shared after IUA 100% shared after IUA
Prescriptions Rx Share $5/$15, Discount all others Optional
Maternity 100% shared after IUA, will pre-pay 100% shared after IUA, will pre-pay
Note Primary Membership Type Base membership with optional features; For teams or DPC members
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Pre-existing conditions: Shareable in 1st year if considered cured, symptom- and treatment-free within prior 24 month period. Otherwise, pre-existing conditions are shared at $25,000 starting in the second year of membership, $50,000 in the third year, and $125,000 in the fourth year and beyond.

Exemptions from Pre-existing conditions limitations: Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes.

End of Life Assistance: After 1 year of uninterrupted membership, $10,000 primary member or spouse, $2,500 dependent child.

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