N.J.S.A 17:48D-15 False or misleading advertising; enforcement.

17:48D-15 False or misleading advertising; enforcement.

15. a. No dental plan organization, or representative thereof, may cause or knowingly permit the use of advertising which is untrue or misleading, solicitation which is untrue or misleading, or any form of evidence of coverage which is deceptive. For purposes of this act:

(1) A statement or item of information shall be deemed to be untrue if it does not conform to fact in any respect which is or may be significant to an enrollee of, or person considering enrollment in, a dental plan;

(2) A statement or item of information shall be deemed to be misleading, whether or not it may be literally untrue, if, in the total context in which the statement is made or the item of information is communicated, the statement or item of information may be reasonably understood by a person who does not possess special knowledge regarding dental plan coverage, as indicating any benefit or advantage or the absence of any exclusion, limitation, or disadvantage of possible significance to a covered person of, or person considering enrollment in, a dental plan, if the benefit or advantage or absence of exclusion, limitation, or disadvantage does not in fact exist;

(3) Evidence of coverage shall be deemed to be deceptive if the evidence of coverage taken as a whole, and with consideration given to typography, format and language, may cause a person who does not possess special knowledge regarding dental plans and evidences of coverage therefor, to expect benefits, services, charges, or other advantages which the evidence of coverage does not provide or which the dental plan organization issuing the evidence of coverage does not regularly make available for persons covered under such evidence of coverage.

b. The unfair trade practice provisions contained in chapter 30 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes shall apply to dental plan organizations, dental plans and evidences of coverage, except to the extent that the commissioner determines that the nature of dental plan organizations, dental plans and evidences of coverage render these sections clearly inappropriate.

C. No dental plan organization, unless licensed as an insurer, may use in its name, evidence of coverage or literature any of the words “insurance,” “assurance,” “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 insurer licensed to do business in this State.

The provisions of this subsection shall be enforced by the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety and, where applicable, the commissioner. Nothing in this act shall limit the powers of the Attorney General and the procedures with respect to consumer fraud in P.L.1960, C. 39 (56:8-1 DefinitionS. et seq.).

L.1979,C. 478,S.15; amended 2005, C. 38, S.13.

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