§ 27-66-2. Findings.
The general assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Rhode Island has a proud history of health insurance companies including health insurance corporations, health maintenance organizations, non-profit hospital service corporations, and non-profit medical service corporations doing business in this state;
(2) Nationally and regionally private investment is being made that results in the conversion of not-for-profit into for-profit health insurance corporations, health maintenance organizations, hospital service corporations and medical service corporations;
(3) These health insurance organizations and corporations provide an important health insurance product in the community. There are concerns that for profit health insurance organizations and corporations may engage in practices that affect the quality of the insurance coverage in the community as a whole and for more vulnerable members of society in particular;
(4) In order to protect public health and welfare, it is necessary to establish standards and procedures for health insurance organizations and corporation conversions.
(P.L. 1999, ch. 215, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 376, § 1.)