Senate panel revives Christian health care bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Senate panel has revived a bill that would exempt a Christians-only health care ministry from Kentucky's insurance regulations.

The bill had passed the Senate last month only to die in a House committee over concerns about its failure to comply with regulations. On Tuesday the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance tacked the proposal onto a House bill, which the Senate is expected to approve.

The bill then will return to the House Committee on Banking and Insurance, where it originally died.

A judge ordered the ministry to stop operating last year over regulation concerns. The ministry resembles secular insurance in some ways but only allows participation by people who pledge to live a Christian lifestyle.


The legislation is Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 365.