Tue March 26, 2013
Christian Health-Sharing Bill Passes House, Could Become Law
A bill that would allow a Christian health sharing organization to again operate in Kentucky is steps away from becoming law, if it's not vetoed.
Senate Bill 3, called the Medi-share bill after Christian Care Medi-Share, on Tuesday passed the House 88-8 after amendments that require Christian Care Medi-Share to give more warnings to customers that health sharing is not insurance.
The bill would allow Medi-Share to restart in Kentucky, after a judge tossed them out last year for breaking current law. State Rep. Jeff Greer, a Brandenburg Democrat, said a key change from the old operations is how the sharing of money for health expenses is done.
"Senate Bill 3 allows members to share directly between their own individual bank accounts through electronic funds transfer," he said. "House Floor Amendment 1 requires that a participant acknowledge receipt of the notice by signing the notice on the application that they understand that they are not purchasing any type of insurance."
Supporters of the bill say they have no problems with the changes and it will likely become law unless Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it. If it's vetoed, lawmakers will not be able to override it.