Travis Self, Muscotah, KS

Total eligible bills
$61,748
Provider discounts
$12,384
Total bills shared
$49,365

CHM has changed our family’s life. In late 2015 we found out we were expecting our third child. We were so excited and eager to meet the latest addition to our family.

In spring 2016 my wife began experiencing pregnancy problems. Hannah’s complications required medical tests, scans and other procedures. The end result was unnerving: piles of medical bills and a mountain of worry. We asked ourselves, How will we pay for these and what will CHM share?

May 2016 added another round of medical bills—and more financial concerns. Abdominal pain and other symptoms compelled me to make a trip to the emergency room. We learned that appendicitis was the culprit and incurred another $23,000 in expenses.

The healing process caused me to miss many days at work. I’m self-employed as a general contractor, so I couldn’t fall back on paid vacation time or other benefits. When I returned to the job I had to work long, strenuous hours to make up for lost time and income.

As a result Hannah and I fell behind on our regular monthly bills and were struggling to “keep the wolves at bay.” We didn’t have the time, energy or will to worry about how we would also pay our medical bills.

We spent many hours in prayer and were soon reminded that when we joined Christian Healthcare Ministries God had provided a way to meet our medical expenses. After receiving about $5,000 in discounts on my appendicitis bills, CHM shared more than $18,500. Likewise, after nearly $8,000 in discounts for Hannah’s pregnancy costs, CHM shared over $30,000.

We’re pleased to announce the birth of our daughter, Aubyn Rose, born on Aug. 31, 2016. Mom and baby are both doing well, and we couldn’t be more grateful for CHM’s generous support and the faithfulness of fellow members. A great weight was lifted when, thanks to CHM sharing, I paid our hospital in full. It certainly brought tears to my eyes when I returned to my truck after handing over that check.

The love we received from this ministry has humbled me in many ways and I believe our story is a testament to how much God loves us and provides for His children. I can’t say enough about Christian Healthcare Ministries and the blessing you’ve been to us. Thank you, members and staff, for helping us meet our medical needs in both expected and unexpected circumstances.

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