- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Office of Insurance has asked a judge to reconsider his decision to allow a Christian-only health care plan to continue operating in the state.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Jan. 18 that the Medi-Share program isn’t insurance and, therefore, doesn’t violate the state’s insurance laws.

But attorneys for the Office of Insurance, in a motion filed last week, argued that other states recognize Medi-Share as insurance and subject it to stricter regulations.

“I think this is tantamount to a tacit attempt to appeal the case by asking the judge to reverse himself,” said Rick Masters, a Louisville-based attorney for Medi-Share. “We think he got it right the first time.”

The Medi-Share program serves nearly 20,000 churchgoers nationally by accepting contributions from participants. The program, based on the biblical belief that Christians should take care of one another’s needs, has about 300 participants in Kentucky.

Non-Christians are excluded because, organizers say, their lifestyles can result in unnecessary medical care. Participants can’t smoke, use illegal drugs or abuse alcohol.

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