Bill Aims To Revive Christian Health Plan

Feb 11, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Christians-only health care plan suspended by a judge last year could be revived if a bill before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee wins approval in the General Assembly.

Medi-Share was told to cease its operations January 1st after a judge ruled that the religious-based health insurance plan qualified as an insurance company.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Senate Bill 3 would exempt Medi-Share, which resembles most insurance companies, except that it only allows participation by people pledging to uphold Christian values, such as refraining from smoking, drinking, or engaging in sex outside marriage, from state insurance regulations.

Medi-Share does not guarantee that a participant’s medical bills will be paid, but the Kentucky Department of Insurance had argued that some members might think the plan offered complete coverage. SB 3 would require Medi-Share to tell its participants it is not an insurance company.