The topic of today's blog post is the Medi-Share app. It's available for both iOS and Android, and since I have an iPhone, I'll be looking today at the iOS version. To get the app, simply do a search for "Medi-Share" in the Apple App store and it will be the top result as a free app.
Once you've downloaded it, begin by putting in your Medi-Share login and you're immediately on the app's homepage. This screen lets you: Make a one-click call to customer service, see who your share has gone to help, get copies of your member cards, or find a provider. At the bottom of the screen, you can also book a Telehealth appointment, see all your recent medical bills, or do a live chat.
Here is what the app's homescreen looks like:
And here are more details on the different features:
Calling Medi-Share: This is easy to do through the app just by pressing the button that says "Call," but since I sometimes get requests for contact info, I'm also including everything you need to know to contact Medi-Share at the bottom of this blog entry.
See Who Your Share has Helped: Each month you pay your share, it goes to help with the bills of other members. Our monthly share payments have helped dozens of other members. Through the app, we can see their names, messages to us, and write words of support directly to them.
Member Cards: When you join Medi-Share, you get a member card -- just like you would when buying traditional insurance -- that has all of your information needed for providers to send your bills directly to Medi-Share. If you lose your physical membership card, you now have instant access to a replacement through the app.
Find a Provider: Search Medi-Share's vast database of in-network providers. This is an extremely user-friendly search allowing you to save providers you have found also. As an example, here is what it would look like to search for a pediatrician within 10 miles of Winter Park, FL near Orlando. (This 10-mile radius turns out to be overkill; the first 20 results are all for pediatricians within 2 miles of the zip code entered.)
Here is more information on Medi-Share providers and the PHCS network of doctors and specialists.
Book a Telehealth Call: Did you know that you have 24/7 access to free online doctor appointments with Medi-Share? This is a significant benefit of membership. As one example, If your one-year-old needs antibiotics, you can get a prescription almost instantly in the middle of the night without having to wait to take your child in or make an expensive doctor's appointment.
See Bills: You can see any bill that has been sent in for you, the negotiated discount, and how close you are to your annual household portion.
Live Chat: Start a live chat instantly with customer service.
By the way, the earlier versions of this app had a couple of stability issues leading some to leave negative reviews. These have all been fixed and the app now works great. If you find the app extremely useful like I do, please give it a 5-star rating in the app store so that more people can discover and use it.
Medi-Share Guidelines, Address and Phone Number
Medi-Share Phone Number: Here are the Medi-Share customer service phone numbers.
Medi-Share Address: Here is the primary email for members.
Medi-Share Info Packet: Here is a short form to fill out for an info packet on joining Medi-Share that should answer all questions you have.