FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Christian health program is back in operation in Kentucky, paying medical bills for churchgoers who pledge not to smoke, drink or engage in sex outside of marriage.
Christian Care Ministry President Tony Meggs said Friday Kentucky residents have already begun rejoining Medi-Share, a less expensive alternative to traditional insurance plans because participants tend to be healthier.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate lifted an order Tuesday that had barred Florida-based Medi-Share from operating in Kentucky. Wingate took the action after state lawmakers intervened, changing the state's insurance code to specifically allow Medi-Share and similar programs to do business here.
Wingate's order concludes a decade-long legal battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and Medi-Share.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)