STAT+: Florida hospital system sues religious sharing ministry over unpaid medical claims

Orlando Health is suing Liberty HealthShare, a Christian health care sharing ministry, alleging Liberty owes the hospital system at least $1.1 million and that the ministry told its members not to tell Orlando Health that Liberty was their source of coverage.

Health care sharing ministries — which do not provide comprehensive health insurance coverage but often mislead people into thinking they do — have faced criticism for exposing their members to large, unexpected medical bills. This lawsuit suggests hospitals and other providers are now willing to take these organizations to court to get their side of the bills paid.

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