Certain words prohibited in name of organization.

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(1) No entity certificated as a health maintenance organization, other than a licensed insurer insofar as its name is concerned, shall use in its name, contracts, or literature any of the words “insurance,” “casualty,” “surety,” “mutual,” or any other words descriptive of the insurance, casualty, or surety business or deceptively similar to the name or description of any insurance or surety corporation doing business in the state.

(2) No person, entity, or health care plan not certificated under the provisions of this part shall use in its name, logo, contracts, or literature the phrase “health maintenance organization” or the initials “HMO”; imply, directly or indirectly, that it is a health maintenance organization; or hold itself out to be a health maintenance organization.

History.—s. 17, ch. 72-264; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 797, 804, 809(1st), ch. 82-243; ss. 187, 188, ch. 91-108; s. 4, ch. 91-429.

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