(a) The department of commerce and insurance has the authority to determine whether any facility that has guaranteed or guarantees to provide medical coverage for its residents has adequate safeguards in place to ensure that such medical care will be provided as guaranteed. If the department determines that adequate safeguards have not been established, the department has the authority to require that such provider place a sufficient amount of funds in escrow to ensure that such medical care will be provided. The escrow account shall be established in a manner authorized by the department.
(b) If the department requires an escrow account for a present provider, then prior to the expansion of any proposed facilities for which continuing care agreements are to be signed, the provider must establish a comparable escrow account and deposit a specified amount into such account as determined by the department as funds are contributed by residents for such facilities. This section shall apply only to retirement living facilities that offer or propose to offer continuing life care services to individuals for a fee.
(c)(1) The commissioner may from time to time make, promulgate, amend and rescind such rules as are necessary to carry out this section.
(2) All rules provided for in this part shall be adopted, promulgated and contested as provided in the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in chapter 5 of this title.
(d)(1) Whenever it appears to the commissioner that any facility that has guaranteed or guarantees to provide medical coverage for its residents has not established adequate safeguards to ensure that such medical care will be provided as guaranteed, the commissioner may, in the commissioner's discretion, bring an action in the chancery court in any county in this state to enforce compliance with this part or any rule or order under this part.
(2) Upon a proper showing, a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, writ of mandamus, disgorgement or other proper equitable relief shall be granted, and a receiver or conservator may be appointed for the defendant or the defendant's assets.
(3) The court may not require the commissioner to post a bond.
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