§16-2L-5. Anti-trust exemption.

     Because agreement and coordination among health care providers, who may be potential competitors with each other, is required to establish and operate provider sponsored networks, an exemption from anti-trust laws for these activities will further the purposes of this article. Therefore, the West Virginia Anti- Trust Act, article eighteen, chapter forty-seven of this code, is inapplicable to the development of provider sponsored networks, activities necessary to operate provider sponsored networks or any arrangements or agreements between or among provider sponsored networks and participating providers that are performed or entered into consistent with and pursuant to the provisions of this article and the provisions of article twenty-five-g, chapter thirty-three of this code. It is the intent of the Legislature that the federal anti-trust statutes be interpreted in this manner as well.