1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Public Health
  4. Article 44: Health Maintenance Organizations


Section 4400 Statement of policy and purposes

Public Health (PBH)

Encouraging the expansion of health care services options available to the citizens of the state is a matter of vital state concern. Without such an expansion, increased health insurance and other benefits will continue to escalate the costs of medical care and overload the health care delivery system. The health maintenance organization concept, through which members of an enrolled population are each entitled to receive comprehensive health services for an advance or periodic charge, represents a promising new alternative for the delivery of a full range of health care services at a reasonable cost.

  Accordingly, it shall be the policy of this state to expand the health care services options available, and to assure greater choice in the selection of a health care plan, by removal of legal and other impediments to the development of competitive health maintenance organizations acceptable to the public.

  It is the intent of the legislature that the commissioner therefore establish a comprehensive system of authorization and regulation of health maintenance organizations in the state, as provided in this article, in order to assure that health services of good quality be provided to all citizens who choose to take advantage of that alternative to meet their health care needs. The commissioner shall cooperate with the superintendent of financial services and with other state officials and agencies which establish standards and requirements pertaining to the provision and financing of health care services in order to assure necessary, equitable and consistent state supervision of all health care systems without duplication of inspection or services.