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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he needs more information on the proposed merger between University of Louisville Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives.

Beshear met today with officials from the hospitals. The meeting came after increased questions over what would happen to reproductive health and end-of-life services after CHI owns a majority stake in University Hospital and doctors will be required to follow Catholic health directives.

Many of the details are still being worked out, but U of L officials insist all currently-offered services will still be provided, though possibly outside of the hospital. U of L’s school of medicine will not be part of the merger.

The state government must approve the merger. Attorney General Jack Conway and a group of General Assembly members are also scrutinizing the deal. Principals from the merging hospitals will meet with state lawmakers later this month.