TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-66
The Health Insurance Conversions Act

SECTION 27-66-7


§ 27-66-7 Review process and review criteria by department of attorney general – Conversions.

(a) The department of attorney general shall review all conversions involving a health insurance corporation, health maintenance organization non-profit hospital service corporation or non-profit medical service corporation.

(b) The department of attorney general shall, within twenty (20) days of its receipt of an initial application, inform the department of business regulation and/or the applicant of any additional information necessary to its ability to prepare the detailed report required under subsections (d) and (e) of this section.

(c) Upon receipt by the department of attorney general of the additional information requested in § 27-66-7(b), the application shall be deemed complete.

(d) The department of attorney general shall transmit, within sixty (60) days of the receipt of the completed application, a detailed report of its findings to the department of business regulation.

(e) The report of the department of the attorney general shall address each of the following criteria:

(1) Whether any conflict of interest exists concerning the proposed conversion relative to the officers, directors, senior management, experts or consultants engaged in connection with the proposed conversion including, but not limited to attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, actuaries, health care experts, or industry analysts;

(2) Whether individuals described in subdivision (1) of this subsection were provided with contracts or consulting agreements or arrangements that included pecuniary rewards based in whole, or in part on the contingency of the completion of the conversion;

(3) Whether any members of the board of directors will retain any authority in the new health insurance corporation, health maintenance organization, non-profit hospital service corporation or non-profit medical service corporation;

(4) Whether individual officers, directors, or senior management engaged legal counsel to consider their individual rights or duties in acting in their capacity as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion;

(5) Whether the conversion is proper under the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act, chapter 6 of title 7;

(6) Whether the conversion is proper under applicable state tax code provisions;

(7) Whether the individuals who represented the existing health maintenance organization, non-profit hospital service corporation or non-profit medical service corporation in negotiations avoided conflicts of interest;

(8) Whether the proposed conversion results in an abandonment of the original purposes of the acquiree or whether a resulting entity will depart from the traditional purposes and mission of the acquiree such that a cy pres proceeding would be necessary; (9) Whether the proposed conversion jeopardizes the tax status of the acquiree;

(10) Whether the transacting parties are in compliance with the Charitable Trust Act, chapter 9 of title 18;

(11) Whether the proposed conversion will harm the public's interest in trust property given, devised, or bequeathed to the acquiree for charitable, educational or religious purposes located or administered in this state;

(12) Whether a trustee or trustees of any charitable trust located or administered in this state will be deemed to have exercised reasonable care, diligence, and prudence in performing as a fiduciary in connection with the proposed conversion; and

(13) Whether the proposed conversion appropriately provides for the disposition of proceeds of the conversion, which may include, but not be limited to:

(i) Whether an existing entity or a new entity will receive the proceeds;

(ii) Whether appropriate tax status implications of the entity receiving the proceeds have been considered;

(iii) Whether the mission statement and program agenda will be or should be closely related with the purposes of the mission of the acquiree;

(iv) Whether any conflicts of interest arise in the proposed handling of the conversion's proceeds;

(v) Whether the bylaws and articles of incorporation have been prepared for the new entity;

(vi) Whether the board of any continuing entity will be independent from the new entity;

(vii) Whether the method for selecting board members, staff, and consultants is appropriate;

(viii)Whether the board will comprise an appropriate number of individuals with experience in pertinent areas such as foundations, health care, business, labor, community programs, financial management, legal, accounting, grant making and public members representing diverse ethnic populations of the affected community; and

(ix) Whether the size of the board and proposed length of board terms are sufficient.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1999, ch. 215, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 376, § 1.)