Section 27-21A-2

Establishment of health maintenance organizations.

(a) Notwithstanding any law of this state to the contrary, any person may apply to the commissioner for and obtain a certificate of authority to establish and operate a health maintenance organization in compliance with this chapter. No person shall establish or operate a health maintenance organization in this state without obtaining a certificate of authority under this chapter. A foreign corporation may qualify under this chapter, subject to its registration to do business in this state as a foreign corporation under the provisions of Sections 10-2A-220, et seq.

(b) Health maintenance organizations licensed as of May 29, 1986, shall be issued a certificate of authority in accordance with Section 27-21A-29.

(c) Each application for a certificate of authority shall be verified by an officer or authorized representative of the applicant, shall be in a form prescribed by the commissioner, and shall set forth or be accompanied by the following:

(1) A certified copy of the organizational documents of the applicant, such as the articles of incorporation, articles of association, partnership agreement, trust agreement, or other applicable documents, and all amendments thereto;

(2) A certified copy of the bylaws, rules and regulations, or similar document, if any, regulating the conduct of the internal affairs of the applicant;

(3) A list of the names, addresses, official positions, and such biographical information as may be required by the commissioner concerning the persons who are to be responsible for the conduct of the affairs of the applicant, including all members of the board of directors, board of trustees, executive committee, or other governing board or committee, the principal officers in the case of a corporation, and the partners or members in the case of a partnership or association;

(4) A copy of any contract made or to be made between any persons listed in subdivision (3) and the applicant;

(5) A copy of the form of evidence of coverage to be issued to the enrollees;

(6) A copy of the form or group contract, if any, which is to be issued to employers, unions, trustees, or other organizations;

(7) Financial statements showing the applicant's assets, liabilities, and sources of financial support. If the applicant's financial affairs are audited by independent certified public accountants, a copy of the applicant's most recent certified financial statement shall be deemed to satisfy this requirement unless the commissioner directs that additional or more recent financial information is required for the proper administration of this chapter;

(8) A description of the proposed method of marketing, a financial plan which includes a projection of operating results anticipated until the organization has had net income for at least one year, and a statement as to the sources of working capital as well as any other sources of funding;

(9) A power of attorney duly executed by such applicant, if not domiciled in this state, appointing the commissioner and his successors in office, and duly authorized deputies, as the true and lawful attorney of such applicant in and for this state upon whom all lawful process in any legal action or proceeding against the health maintenance organization on a cause of action arising in this state may be served;

(10) A statement reasonably describing the geographic area or areas to be served;

(11) A description of the complaint procedures to be utilized as required under Section 27-21A-10;

(12) A description of the procedures and programs to be implemented to meet the health care requirements in subdivision (a)(2) of Section 27-21A-3;

(13) The applicant's most recent report of examination and all annual reports and other periodic reports filed by the applicant within the past year in the applicant's state of domicile and state within which it maintains its principal place of business, if different from state of domicile; as well as any similar reports which the applicant may be required to file under federal law, if applicable;

(14) Such other information as the commissioner or State Health Officer may require to make the determinations required in Section 27-21A-3.

(d)(1) An applicant or a health maintenance organization holding a certificate of authority granted hereunder shall, unless otherwise provided for in this act, file a notice describing any material modification of the operation set out in the information required by subsection (c). Such notice shall be filed with the commissioner and the State Health Officer prior to modification. If the commissioner does not disapprove within 30 days of filing, such modification shall be deemed approved;

(2) The commissioner or State Health Officer may promulgate rules and regulations exempting from the filing requirements of subdivision (d)(1) those items he deems unnecessary.

(e) An applicant, or a health maintenance organization holding a certificate of authority granted hereunder, shall file with the commissioner all contracts of reinsurance. Any agreement between the organization and an insurer shall be subject to the laws of this state regarding reinsurance. All reinsurance agreements and any modifications thereto must be approved by the commissioner. If the commissioner does not disapprove such agreements or modifications within 30 days of filing, such agreements or modifications shall be deemed approved. Reinsurance agreements shall remain in full force and effect for at least 90 days following written notice by registered mail or cancellation by either party to the commissioner.

(Acts 1986, No. 86-471, p. 854, §2.)