(A) Notwithstanding any provision of Title XXXIX  of the Revised Code, any insurance company holding a certificate of authority issued pursuant to Title XXXIX  of the Revised Code, or any corporation that is a subsidiary or affiliate of the insurance company, may apply for and obtain a certificate of authority to organize and operate a health insuring corporation in compliance with this chapter. Notwithstanding any other law that may be inconsistent with this division, any two or more such insurance companies, or subsidiaries or affiliates thereof, may jointly organize and operate a health insuring corporation under this chapter. The business of insurance is deemed to include the providing of health care by a health insuring corporation owned or operated by an insurance company or a subsidiary or affiliate of an insurance company.
(B) Notwithstanding any provision of any insurance laws of this state, an insurance company may contract with a health insuring corporation to provide insurance or similar protection against the cost of care provided through health insuring corporations and to provide coverage in the event of the failure of the health insuring corporation to meet its obligations. The enrollees of a health insuring corporation constitute a permissible group under such laws. Among other things, under such contracts, the insurer may make benefit payments to health insuring corporations for health care services rendered by facilities and providers pursuant to a health care plan.
Effective Date: 06-04-1997 .