(a) Any rehabilitation, liquidation, or conservation of a health maintenance organization shall be deemed to be the rehabilitation, liquidation, or conservation of an insurance company and shall be conducted under the supervision of the commissioner pursuant to the law governing the rehabilitation, liquidation, or conservation of insurance companies. The commissioner may apply for an order directing him to rehabilitate, liquidate, or conserve a health maintenance organization upon any one or more grounds set out in Section 27-32-6, or when in his opinion the continued operation of the health maintenance organization would be hazardous either to the enrollees or to the people of this state. Enrollees shall have the same priority in the event of liquidation or rehabilitation as the law provides to policyholders of an insurer.
(b) A claim by a health care provider for an uncovered expenditure has the same priority as a claim of an enrollee, provided such provider of services agrees not to assert such claim against any enrollee of the health maintenance organization.
(c) The State Health Officer shall provide to the commissioner or receiver of any financially troubled health maintenance organization advice and support to facilitate the expeditious rehabilitation, liquidation, conservation, or dissolution of the health maintenance organization.