No accident and sickness insurer pursuant to this chapter, or any other insurer offering and/or insuring health services on a prepaid basis as defined in § 42-62-4(7), shall engage in any retaliation or retribution, directly or indirectly, or shall terminate or modify the terms of a medical service agreement that it maintains with a physician or other medical services provider, because the physician or other provider reports or is about to report verbally or in writing, to a public body, a regulatory agency, a subscriber or member of the insured, the family or heirs or personal representative of the subscriber or member or to any other person or public or private agency a violation by the insurer of a subscriber or membership agreement, a law, rule or regulation promulgated under the laws of this state.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 167, § 1.)
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-45
- in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16.
- insured: as used in this chapter , shall not be construed as preventing a person other than the insured with a proper insurable interest from making application for and owning a policy covering the insured or from being entitled under the policy to any indemnities, benefits, and rights provided in the policy. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-7.
- person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6.
- provider: means a health care professional or a health care facility. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-1.1.