|By ROGER ALFORD, Associated Press|
The move follows
"Some of the calls we've gotten were `what do we need to do now,' and we're just trying to be helpful," said
Medi-Share closely resembles secular insurance, but only allows participation by people who pledge to live Christian lives that include no smoking, drinking, using drugs or engaging in sex outside of marriage.
In a decade-long legal battle,
Medi-Share contends that its participants aren't buying insurance, but are involved in a charitable endeavor to help cover medical bills of fellow Christians and potentially have their own expenses covered should the need arise.
Wingate ordered Medi-Share "to cease all operations in
The legal battle between Medi-Share and
Meggs said the ministry had revamped its plan in an effort to alleviate
That wasn't enough, the judge found, to absolve Medi-Share from being subject to
Medi-Share has since posted a note on its website saying it's no longer accepting new applicants in
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