(b) All fees, marketing materials and forms proposed to be used by any program applicant or participating provider are subject to prior approval of the Insurance Commissioner, which the Insurance Commissioner shall communicate to the Health Care Authority. Fees may not be excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.
(c) The Insurance Commissioner must certify whether a program applicant or, upon the request of the Health Care Authority, an already participating provider is in a sound financial condition and capable of operating in a manner that is not hazardous to its prospective subscribers or the people of West Virginia.
(d) Every subscriber is entitled to evidence of program membership that shall contain a clear, concise and complete statement of the services provided by the participating provider and the benefits, if any, to which the subscriber is entitled; any exclusions or limitations on the service, kind of service, benefits, or kind of benefits, to be provided, including any copayments; and where and in what manner information is available as to how a service may be obtained.
(e) Fees paid to participating providers are not subject to premium taxes and surcharges imposed on insurance companies.
(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter thirty-three of this code to the contrary, participation by providers in the preventive care clinic-based pilot program created and authorized pursuant to this article is not to be considered as providing insurance or as offering insurance services. Such providers and services are specifically excluded from the definitions of "insurer" and "insurance" as defined in article one, chapter thirty-three of this code, and are not subject to regulation by the Insurance Commissioner except to the extent set forth in this article, nor are participating providers unauthorized insurers pursuant to section four, article forty-four of chapter thirty-three of this code.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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