§16-2J-1. Legislative findings and statement of purpose.
(a) The Legislature finds that a program that would allow
health clinics and private medical practitioners to provide primary
and preventive health services for a prepaid fee would enable more
West Virginians to gain access to affordable health care and to
establish a medical home for purposes of receiving primary and
preventative healthcare services. By establishing a pilot project
for clinic-based health care, the Legislature intends to enable
state health and insurance officials to study this method of
delivering health services, to encourage all West Virginians to
establish a medical home and to determine the success, continued
need and feasibility of expanding such a program and allowing
similar programs to operate on a statewide basis.
(b) In carrying out this pilot program, it is the intent of
the Legislature to eliminate legal, statutory and regulatory
barriers to the establishment of pilot programs providing
preventive and primary care services for a prepaid fee; to
encourage residents of this state to establish and use a medical
home; to expand preventive and primary care services for the
uninsured; and to exempt health providers participating in the
pilot program from regulation as an insurer, the operation of
insurance laws of the state and all other laws inconsistent with
the purposes of this article.