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Maryland Insurance Agency Prevails in Health-Care Ministry Suit

Feb. 14, 2022, 3:08 PM

The Maryland insurance commissioner’s 2020 action against a health-care sharing ministry can proceed because a 1995 stay of an earlier cease-and-desist order was no longer in effect, a state appeals court said.

Even if the stay was still in effect, the commissioner could bring an action against the Christian Brotherhood Newsletter’s successor, Christian Healthcare Ministries Inc., based on later facts, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals said.

In 1993, the commissioner prohibited CBN from soliciting Maryland residents to participate in its health-care sharing ministry. CBN was operating as an insurer without authorization, the commissioner found.

HCSMs share health-care costs among ...