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  376.1750.  Health care sharing ministry, provisions not to apply to — ministry not engaging in the business of insurance, when — health care sharing ministry defined. — 1.  The provisions of this chapter relating to health insurance, health maintenance organizations, health benefit plans, group health services, and health carriers shall not apply to a health care sharing ministry.  A health care sharing ministry which, through its publication to members or subscribers, solicits funds for the payment of medical expenses of other subscribers or members, shall not be considered to be engaging in the business of insurance for purposes of this chapter or any provision of Title XXIV and shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of the director if the requirements of subsection 2 of this section are met.

  2.  As used in this section, a "health care sharing ministry" is a faith-based nonprofit organization tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code that:

  (1)  Limits its membership to those who are of a similar faith;

  (2)  Acts as an organizational clearinghouse for information between members or subscribers who have financial, physical, or medical needs and members or subscribers with the present ability to assist those with present financial or medical needs;

  (3)  Provides for the financial or medical needs of a member or subscriber through gifts directly from one member or subscriber to another.  The requirements of this subdivision can be satisfied by a trust established solely for the benefit of members or subscribers, which trust is audited annually by an independent auditing firm;

  (4)  Provides amounts that members or subscribers may give with no assumption of risk or promise to pay either among the members or subscribers or between the members or subscribers and such organization;

  (5)  Provides a written monthly statement to all members or subscribers, listing the total dollar amount of qualified needs submitted to such organization, as well as the amount actually published or assigned to members or subscribers for voluntary payment; and

  (6)  Provides the following written disclaimer on or accompanying all promotional or informational documents distributed by or on behalf of the organization, including applications, and guideline materials:

"NOTICE

This publication is not an insurance company nor is it offered through an insurance company.  Whether anyone chooses to assist you with your medical bills will be totally voluntary, as no other subscriber or member will be compelled to contribute toward your medical bills.  As such, this publication should never be considered to be insurance.  Whether you receive any payments for medical expenses and whether or not this publication continues to operate, you are always personally responsible for the payment of your own medical bills.".

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(L. 2007 H.B. 818)


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