Feb 12, 2013 9:24 PM
FRANKFORT. (AP) - A Christians-only health care ministry that was forced out of Kentucky last year could be invited back under legislation that has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee voted 11-0 Tuesday to pass a bill that would exempt Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, from state insurance regulations.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ordered Medi-Share to stop operating in Kentucky last year at the request of the Department of Insurance because it didn't comply with insurance regulations.
Medi-Share contends that its participants aren't buying insurance but are involved in a charitable endeavor to help cover medical bills of fellow Christians and potentially have their own expenses covered should the need arise.
The legislation is Senate Bill 3.
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