Court Rules Medi-Share Must End Cost-Sharing Ministry In Kentucky

Christian health organization avoids contempt of court, but ordered to stop advertising.

Ever since the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an injunction against Medi-Share in 2011, the Christians-only healthcare ministry has continued to operate in the Bluegrass State. State lawyers pressed for a contempt of court charge this summer. Now a judge has ordered Medi-Share's work in Kentucky to a halt.

The Associated Press reports that Franklin County Circuit judge Thomas Wingate ruled yesterday that the Florida-based organization run by Christian Care Ministry must acquire approval from the Kentucky Department of Insurance before it can continue operations in the state.

However, Wingate did not hold Medi-Share in contempt of court for continuing to operate in Kentucky despite the 2011 injunction against it doing so. The judge said he found no proof that Medi-Share acted in willful disobedience by continuing to operate after the state supreme court ruling in 2010, which found that the organization should be regulated just like other forms of insurance.

Medi-Share is a cost-sharing organization ...

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