"Medi-Share has been a blessing for our family," said Melissa Mira, of Tacoma, with daughters Jael, left, and Sienna. Mira had hospital bills last year of $200,000. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Banking on faith: Cost-sharing ministries offer Obamacare alternative

More than 10,000 people in Washington cover health costs not through traditional insurance, but through faith that fellow Christians will step forward to pay the bills. Health-care-sharing ministries have grown sharply in the era of Obamacare, organizers say.

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