§ 42-9.1-1. Legislative Findings.
The general assembly finds and declares:
(1) All citizens of Rhode Island should have access to quality and affordable health care;
(2) The demanding business environment in which health care is delivered requires that the public have an advocate to assure that the policy and goal of assuring quality, affordable health care is achieved and maintained;
(3) The department of attorney general, as the state's legal advisor, advocate parens patriae, and protector of the public trust and charitable assets, and by constitution and statute for the people of the state, has the authority to advocate for and on behalf of the citizens of Rhode Island to assure that quality health care standards are met;
(4) In order to protect public health and welfare and public and charitable assets, it is necessary to establish and fund an office of health care advocate within the department of attorney general.
(P.L. 1999, ch. 162, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 369, § 1.)