§33-25G-3. Licensing of provider sponsored networks.

     (a) Except to the extent provided otherwise in this article, a provider sponsored network is subject to the provisions of article twenty-five-a of this chapter to the same extent as an HMO.

     (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of section four, article twenty-five-a of this chapter, in determining whether a provider sponsored network has demonstrated in its application for a certificate of authority or at a later time that it is financially responsible and may reasonably be expected to meet its obligations to Medicaid beneficiaries, the commissioner may, in his or her sole discretion and after consultation with the secretary, impose lower or different solvency requirements, including lower surplus and capital. In deciding whether to permit lower or different solvency standards, the commissioner shall consider actuarial evaluations and other qualified technical standards and may also consider factors such as a lower risk of insolvency, any transfer of risk to a third party, and the restriction of the provider sponsored network to the provision of Medicaid-related services; these same factors may also be considered in reviewing and acting upon a provider sponsored network's RBC report.

     (c) A provider sponsored network may at any time seek to convert its certificate of authority granted pursuant to this article to a certificate of authority to operate as an HMO by filing an application in accordance with the provisions of article twenty-five-a of this chapter.