State wants Christian ministry held in contempt

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A legal dispute between the state and a Christians-only health care plan is continuing to simmer after a decade of legal wrangling that has made it all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The case pits the Kentucky Department of Insurance against Medi-Share, a cost-sharing ministry that helps to pay medical bills for Christians who don't smoke, drink or engage in sex outside of marriage.

Lawyers for the state want a judge to hold Medi-Share in contempt of court for continuing to operate in Kentucky more than a year after justices ruled the ministry is subject to the same regulations as secular insurance providers.

Meanwhile, Medi-Share has asked for a hearing to explain changes the ministry has made since the Supreme Court ruling that could resolve the contentious issue.

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