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VIRGINIA SAYS CHRISTIAN NEWSLETTER LEGAL

 BARBERTON, Ohio, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Christian Brotherhood Newsletter, based in Barberton, Ohio, whose subscribers contribute more than $2 million a month to people who have medical expenses but no medical insurance, was declared by the Virginia Commissioner of Insurance to not be "subject to regulation by the Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance."
 Virginia had investigated the Brotherhood Newsletter and its operations for several months to determine if it was a plan of insurance. The commissioner said further, "As a result of our review, we do not believe at this time that the Christian Brotherhood Newsletter and its related health care arrangements are subject to regulation" by the state of Virginia.
 "We are truly grateful for this outcome," said the Rev. Bruce Hawthorn, founder and publisher of the newsletter. "We feel this is vindication for our efforts to keep on doing the right thing -- just help people when they have a need," he said. Newsletter subscribers send $50 monthly payments directly to other subscribers who verify they have unpaid medical bills. Once a year they send their monthly amount to the Barberton office to pay for publishing the newsletter, and support the Barberton Rescue Mission, a home for recovering alcoholics Hawthorn founded in 1961.
 Virginia now joins a growing list of states that have reviewed the Christian Brotherhood Newsletter and have removed their restrictions or determined that they have no jurisdiction over a benevolence ministry. These states include Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and South Dakota. Other states are in the review process "and we expect favorable rulings in many other states," said Hawthorn.
 "It is our hope," said Hawthorn, "that this positive action by the Commonwealth of Virginia will influence these other states to allow us to operate fully and without interference."
 At present, five states (Iowa, Maryland, Delaware, Washington and Wisconsin) have active cease and desist orders against the Christian Brotherhood Newsletter. Under the terms of the cease and desist orders, the newsletter may continue to operate, except in Wisconsin, until a final determination is made whether the program is insurance and subject to regulation.
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 /CONTACT: Dale E. Bellis of the Christian Brotherhood Newsletter, 216-848-9477/


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