WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri August 17, 2012
Proposed Kentucky Legislation Would Allow Religious "Medishare" Program
A Tea Party activist is hoping to end a decade-long battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and a Christian health sharing organization. Christian Care Medishare pools money from members in various states to pay medical bills for members in need.
The group has a religious exemption to certain federal rules governing insurance companies. But the state has not made such concessions.
Now, activist David Adams is teaming up with Republican state Senator Tom Buford to push a bill that would grant Medishare its exemptions.
"In fact there’s a 10 year lawsuit where the Department of Insurance has tried to use the law to go against Christian Care Medishare and run them out of the state eventually. This would end that battle," Adams says. “I think that when [lawmakers] come in in January and they take a look at the things that need to happen and the laws that need to be adjusted this is a pretty easy one,” he says.
A judge previously ruled that Medishare needed to stop doing business in Kentucky more than a year ago. But he has since re-opened his ruling and is allowing public comment on the case.
It's unclear whether the judge will give another ruling on the case before the General Assembly takes the bill up next year during its legislative session.