Insurance Update on Who Covers Christian Science Care


Insurance Update on Who Covers Christian Science Care

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by Don Ingwerson

Each year I post the latest information on who covers Christian Science care – information that the Federal Committee on Publication office has been collecting for the past several years. Their site, “Insurance plans covering Christian Science care” has been updated with new information that I wanted to pass along to you.

Various U.S. federal, state, and private health insurance plans provide for the reimbursement of Christian Science nursing care and practitioner treatment. Additionally, 17 Christian Science nursing facilities across the country are Medicare providers, which means individuals who have Medicare Part A can receive reimbursement at those facilities. Furthermore, 23 states have “high risk” insurance plans (for individuals with pre-existing health conditions) that include among their covered benefits Christian Science practitioner and nursing care (find more information here). (Note that qualifications and limits to these benefits vary by plan.)

Christian Science services qualify as tax-deductible medical expenses under Section 213(d) of the IRS code. Because of this, health savings accounts (HSAs) or flexible spending accounts (FSAs) can be used for Christian Science care (more information here).

By clicking on the links below, you can find a sampling of insurance plans we have on record that accommodate Christian Science care.

If you are aware of other plans we haven’t listed, please be in touch with our Federal office.

Does the health insurance plan offered by your employer not include Christian Science care services? Write to your employer to ask that Christian Science care services be included as a covered benefit!

Long term care plans

About the author

Guest We are pleased to present Notes from the Field authors, who are assistant committees and church members in the Southern California region; and Notes from The Mother Church authors, who are Committees from the United States and around the world, as well as the Federal Committee on Publication office.


  1. diana says

    Good info! And may these coverages expand. It is great to see Christian Science acknowledged as a viable way of life!

  2. Pamela says

    Thanks for kekeping us up-dated Don, I’ll pass this information along to our members via email and will print out the information for those who don’t have a computer.

  3. Tracy says

    This is so helpful, thank you! I think a lot of us are still a bit intimidated by the health care overhaul and this will make things much easier. Thanks Don, for all the hard work you do keeping us updated about our rights!

  4. says

    Don, My 92 yr old cousin is at The Meadows in Carlsbad getting very good care. They take mainly CS patients. The owner called me to see if I knew of a care plan for a prospective client. I suggest you contact him and offer whatever helpful information you have.

    Thanks so much. Fred