31.10.35.02

.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) "Carrier" means an insurer, a nonprofit health service plan, or a health maintenance organization.

(2) "Commissioner" means the Maryland Insurance Commissioner.

(3) "Contract" means either of the following:

(a) A health insurance contract that is issued or delivered in Maryland by an insurer or a nonprofit health service plan that provides inpatient hospital, medical, or surgical benefits to individuals or groups on an expense-incurred basis; or

(b) A contract issued or delivered in Maryland by a health maintenance organization to individuals or groups.

(4) "Health maintenance organization" has the meaning stated in Health-General Article, §19-701, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(5) "Insurer" has the meaning defined in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(6) "Nonprofit health service plan" means a person who has received a certificate of authority from the Commissioner to act as a nonprofit health service plan in the State.