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Christians-only medical plan may return to Kentucky

Updated: May 3, 2013 10:34AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Christians-only medical program that had been banned in Kentucky is expected to resume operations next month, unless officials at the Department of Insurance decide to continue a decade-long legal fight.

The Kentucky General Assembly passed a law in March exempting Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, from regulations that apply to traditional insurance companies. That was done in response to Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s order barring Medi-Share from Kentucky.

The new law takes effect June 25.

Medi-Share attorney Stephen Sullivan said the Department of Insurance has asked to meet with ministry officials. After that, Sullivan said he’s hopeful both sides will jointly ask Wingate to lift the ban on a program reserved for people who don’t smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex outside of marriage.

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