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Message from the Clerk of The Mother Church

From the October 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

As the United States moves toward more universal health insurance coverage, many Christian Scientists are asking how their specific needs can be accommodated. Some Christian Scientists may feel that health insurance coverage is unnecessary or even inconsistent with the practice of Christian Science. Others—perhaps especially those whose families are not Christian Scientists—may feel it’s as important to have health insurance coverage as it is to have insurance for their homes, furnishings, and vehicles.

The Mother Church has taken some preliminary steps toward exploring various aspects of these health insurance questions. These include determining ways to inform Christian Science practitioners—who may be asked by their patients to file claims with an insurance company—on how to file claims appropriately. 

A team organized by the Christian Science Committee on Publication is meeting one-on-one with a cross-section of experienced Christian Scientists from around the United States. This team includes practitioners and Christian Science nurses as well as representatives of Christian
Science nursing facilities. 

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