Each filing shall be on file for a waiting period of sixty (60) days before it becomes effective. The commissioner may authorize a filing that he or she has reviewed to become effective before the expiration of the waiting period or any extension of the waiting period. A filing shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this chapter and become effective unless disapproved by the commissioner within the waiting period.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 564, § 2.)
The legislature declares that:
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 27-18.8-1
- Commissioner: means the commissioner of the office of the health insurance commissioner. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18.8-2.
- Health care entity: means an insurance company licensed, or required to be licensed, by the state of Rhode Island or other entity subject to the jurisdiction of the commissioner or the jurisdiction of the department of business regulation that contracts or offers to contract, or enters into an agreement to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services, including, without limitation: a for-profit or nonprofit hospital, medical or dental service corporation or plan, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance company, or any other entity providing health insurance, accident and sickness insurance, health benefits, or health care services. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18.8-2.
- health plan: means a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement entered into, offered, or issued by a health care entity to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18.8-2.
(1) It is in the best interest of the public that those individuals and health care entities involved with the delivery of health plan coverage in our state meet the standards of this chapter to ensure accessibility and quality for the state’s patients; and
(2) Nothing in this legislation is intended to prohibit a health care entity from forming limited networks of providers; and
(3) It is a vital state function to establish these standards for the conduct of health care entities in Rhode Island and for public health well-being; and
(4) Nothing in this chapter is intended to prohibit or discourage the health insurance commissioner from consulting or collaborating with the department of health, or any other state or federal agency, to the extent the commissioner in his or her discretion determines such consultation and/or collaboration is necessary and/or appropriate for the administration and enforcement of this chapter.
(P.L. 2017, ch. 302, art. 5, § 4.)