2013 Mississippi Code
Title 83 - INSURANCE
Chapter 43 - NONPROFIT DENTAL SERVICE CORPORATIONS
§ 83-43-15 - Corporate rights and powers
In addition to the rights and powers that may be exercised by nonprofit corporations under Sections 79-11-1 through 79-11-33, Mississippi Code of 1972, nonprofit dental service corporations created and organized under the provisions of this chapter shall be authorized to exercise the following rights and powers, to wit:
(a) To encourage, foster, and finance professional and scientific study and research in the general field of dentistry; to make studies and conduct investigations designed to develop information, statistics, and knowledge pertaining to all aspects of dental service payment plans, and to assist in the education and enlightenment of the public concerning the needs and advantages of adequate dental treatment and care.
(b) To enter into and carry out contracts for furnishing dental services to individuals and groups of individuals, provided, however, that no contract by or on behalf of any nonprofit dental service corporation shall provide for the payment of any cash or other material benefit by that corporation to a subscriber on account of illness or injury nor be in any way related to the payment of any such benefit by any other agency.
(c) To procure and enter into contracts with dentists, hygienists, laboratory technicians, oral surgeons, hospitals, pharmacies, and other persons, firms, and corporations to carry out any of the objects and purposes of this corporation.
(d) To operate an administrative office and dental clinics, laboratories, and other facilities appropriate or convenient for the rendition of dental services, and to employ personnel for the conduct thereof.
(e) To establish and maintain funds secured through payments to be used to defray the cost of dental services, to predicate payments into such funds on actuarial prediction and experience, and to issue contracts entitling the holder or subscriber thereto to dental services as enumerated therein and subject to the terms and provisions as may be therein provided.
(f) To establish eligibility requirements for individuals and groups of individuals seeking to subscribe to its dental service plans, and to determine the eligibility thereunder of persons subscribing to its contracts. Any and all requisites thus fixed and all contracts for dental services offered by the corporation shall be subject to the approval of the state board of health.
(g) To accept gifts, donations, contributions and property by bequest or devise, or in trust, and to use and apply the same in furtherance of the objects and purposes of such corporation.
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