UPDATE: Legislature OKs Christian Health Care Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Franklin County circuit judge ordered the ministry to shut down last year at the Kentucky Insurance Department's request.

A Christians-only health care plan would be allowed to resume operations in Kentucky under a measure that has passed the Legislature and is on the way to Gov. Steve Beshear for consideration.

The Senate passed the measure 38-0 Tuesday, hours after it cleared the House 88-8.

The proposal would exempt the Medi-Share ministry from state insurance regulations. A Franklin County Circuit Court judge ordered the ministry to shut down last year at the Kentucky Insurance Department's request.

Participants in the plan would be required to sign a notice acknowledging they're aware they may not have their claims paid.

Only people who pledge not to smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex outside of marriage are eligible to participate in the plan.

Beshear hasn't indicated whether he will sign the measure.



ORIGINAL STORY:
A Christians-only health care plan would be allowed to resume operations in Kentucky under a measure approved by the House.

The House passed the measure 88-8, sending it back to the Senate for final passage.

The proposal would exempt the Medi-Share ministry from state insurance regulations.

A Franklin County circuit judge ordered the ministry to shut down last year at the Kentucky Insurance Department's request. The bill in its current form would require members to sign a notice acknowledging they're aware they may not have their claims paid.

The plan resembles secular insurance in some ways but only allows participation by people who pledge to live Christian lives with no smoking, drinking, using drugs or having sex outside of marriage.


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