(a) The incorporators of any corporation to be governed by this article shall prepare and file in the office of the judge of probate of the county in which the corporation is to have its principal place of business a certificate of formation stating an intention to become a corporation, which certificate of formation shall be signed by each of the incorporators and shall set forth:
(1) The name of the proposed corporation;
(2) The objects and purposes for which the corporation is organized;
(3) The location of the principal office of the corporation in this state; and
(4) The name and post office address of each incorporator, not less than three in number.
(b) The certificate of formation may also contain any other provisions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this article, which the incorporators may desire to insert for the regulation of the business or affairs of the corporation or which would be permitted nonprofit corporations by the Alabama Nonprofit Corporation Law. The filing of the certificate of formation shall be accompanied with payment of the filing fee payable to and for the benefit of the judge of probate provided for filing certificates of formation under Section 10A-1-4.31. The filing in the probate office of the certificate of formation effects the creation of a corporation for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and operating a health care service plan as provided for in this article.