Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stumbo says Christian health care will get vote

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo has said his chamber will vote before the legislative session ends at midnight on a bill that would allow a Christian health care plan to operate in Kentucky.

The vote could give final passage to a proposal that would exempt the Medi-Share ministry from state insurance regulations. A county 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.