CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2479
1992 Regular Session
Passed by the House February 18, 1992
Yeas 98 Nays 0
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 11, 1992
Yeas 49 Nays 0
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2479 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2479
Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By House Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Representatives R. Johnson, Broback, Dellwo, Paris, Ferguson, Winsley and Franklin; by request of Insurance Commissioner)
Read first time 02/05/92.
AN ACT Relating to making medicare supplement insurance conform to federal law; amending RCW 48.66.020, 48.66.030, 48.66.041, 48.66.050, 48.66.090, 48.66.100, 48.66.110, and 48.66.130; and adding a new section to chapter 48.66 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 48.66.020 and 1981 c 153 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.
"Medicare supplemental insurance" or "medicare supplement
insurance policy" refers to a group or individual policy of disability
insurance or a subscriber contract of a health care service contractor, a
health maintenance organization, or a fraternal benefit society, which relates
its benefits to medicare, or which is advertised, marketed, or designed
primarily as a supplement to reimbursements under medicare for the hospital,
medical, or surgical expenses of persons eligible for medicare ((
of age)). Such term does not include:
(a) A policy or contract of one or more employers or labor organizations, or of the trustees of a fund established by one or more employers or labor organizations, or combination thereof, for employees or former employees, or combination thereof, or for members or former members, or combination thereof, of the labor organizations; or
or contract of any professional, trade, or occupational association
for its members or former or retired members, or combination thereof, if such
Is composed of individuals all of whom are actively engaged in the same
profession, trade, or occupation; (ii)
Has been maintained in good faith for purposes other than obtaining insurance;
Has been in existence for at least two years prior to the date of its initial
offering of such policy or plan to its members)) issued
pursuant to a contract under Section 1876 or Section 1833 of the federal social
security act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1395 et seq.), or an issued policy under a
demonstration project authorized pursuant to amendments to the federal social
security act; or
policies or contracts issued pursuant to a conversion privilege under a policy
or contract of group or individual insurance when such group or individual
policy or contract includes provisions which are inconsistent with the
requirements of this chapter; or policies issued to employees or members as
additions to franchise plans in existence on January 1, 1982)) Insurance
policies or health care benefit plans, including group conversion policies,
provided to medicare eligible persons, that are not marketed or held to be medicare
supplement policies or benefit plans.
(2) "Medicare" means the "Health Insurance for the Aged Act," Title XVIII of the Social Security Amendments of 1965, as then constituted or later amended.
"Medicare eligible expenses" means health care expenses of the kinds
covered by medicare, to the extent recognized as reasonable and medically
necessary by medicare. ((
Payment of benefits by insurers for medicare
eligible expenses may be conditioned upon the same or less restrictive payment
conditions, including determinations of medical necessity, as are applicable to
(4) "Applicant" means:
(a) In the case of an individual medicare supplement insurance policy or subscriber contract, the person who seeks to contract for insurance benefits; and
(b) In the case of a group medicare supplement insurance policy or subscriber contract, the proposed certificate holder.
"Certificate" means any certificate delivered or issued for
delivery in this state under a group medicare supplement insurance policy((
which policy has been delivered or issued for delivery in this state)).
(6) "Loss ratio" means the incurred claims as a percentage of the earned premium computed under rules adopted by the insurance commissioner.
(7) "Preexisting condition" means a covered person's medical condition that caused that person to have received medical advice or treatment during a specified time period immediately prior to the effective date of coverage.
(8) "Disclosure form" means the form designated by the insurance commissioner which discloses medicare benefits, the supplemental benefits offered by the insurer, and the remaining amount for which the insured will be responsible.
(9) "Issuer" includes insurance companies, health care service contractors, health maintenance organizations, fraternal benefit societies, and any other entity delivering or issuing for delivery in this state medicare supplement policies or certificates.
Sec. 2. RCW 48.66.030 and 1981 c 153 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
supplement insurance policies must include a renewal, continuation, or
nonrenewal provision. The language or specifications of such provision must be
consistent with the type of contract to be issued. Such provision must be
appropriately captioned, appear on the first page of the policy, and clearly
state the duration, where limited, of renewability and the duration of the term
of coverage for which the policy is issued and for which it may be renewed. (2))) A
medicare supplement insurance policy which provides for the payment of benefits
may not be based on standards described as "usual and
customary," "reasonable and customary," or words of similar
import (( must include a definition of such terms and an explanation of such
terms in its accompanying outline of coverage)).
(2) Limitations on benefits, such as policy exclusions or waiting
periods, shall be labeled in a separate section of the policy or placed with
the benefit provisions to which they apply, rather than being included in other
sections of the policy, rider, or endorsement.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 48.66 RCW to read as follows:
(1) A medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate form or application form, rider, or endorsement shall not be issued, delivered, or used unless it has been filed with and approved by the commissioner.
(2) Rates, or modification of rates, for medicare supplement policies or certificates shall not be used until filed with and approved by the commissioner.
(3) Every filing shall be received not less than thirty days in advance of any such issuance, delivery, or use. At the expiration of such thirty days the form or rate so filed shall be deemed approved unless prior thereto it has been affirmatively approved or disapproved by order of the commissioner. The commissioner may extend by not more than an additional fifteen days the period within which he or she may affirmatively approve or disapprove any such form or rate, by giving notice of such extension before expiration of the initial thirty-day waiting period. At the expiration of any such period as so extended, and in the absence of such prior affirmative approval or disapproval, any such form or rate shall be deemed approved. A filing of a form or rate or modification thereto may not be deemed approved unless the filing contains all required documents prescribed by the commissioner. The commissioner may withdraw any such approval at any time for cause. By approval of any such form or rate for immediate use, the commissioner may waive any unexpired portion of such initial thirty-day waiting period.
(4) The commissioner's order disapproving any such form or rate or withdrawing a previous approval shall state the grounds therefor.
(5) A form or rate shall not knowingly be issued, delivered, or used if the commissioner's approval does not then exist.
Sec. 4. RCW 48.66.041 and 1982 c 200 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The insurance commissioner shall adopt rules to establish minimum standards for benefits in medicare supplement insurance policies and certificates.
(2) The commissioner shall adopt rules to establish specific standards for medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate provisions. These rules may include but are not limited to:
(a) Terms of renewability;
(b) Nonduplication of coverage;
Benefit limitations, exceptions, and reductions; ((
(d) Definitions of terms;
(e) Requiring refunds or credits if the policies or certificates do not meet loss ratio requirements;
(f) Establishing uniform methodology for calculating and reporting loss ratios;
(g) Assuring public access to policies, premiums, and loss ratio information of an issuer of medicare supplement insurance;
(h) Establishing a process for approving or disapproving proposed premium increases; and
(i) Establishing standards for medicare SELECT policies and certificates.
(3) The insurance commissioner may adopt rules that establish disclosure standards for replacement of policies or certificates by persons eligible for medicare by reason of age.
(4) The insurance commissioner may by rule prescribe that an informational brochure, designed to improve the buyer's understanding of medicare and ability to select the most appropriate coverage, be provided to persons eligible for medicare by reason of age. The commissioner may require that the brochure be provided to applicants concurrently with delivery of the outline of coverage, except with respect to direct response insurance, when the brochure may be provided upon request but no later than the delivery of the policy.
(5) In the case of a state or federally qualified health maintenance organization, the commissioner may waive compliance with one or all provisions of this section until January 1, 1983.
Sec. 5. RCW 48.66.050 and 1981 c 153 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:
The insurance commissioner may issue reasonable rules that specify prohibited
policy provisions not otherwise specifically authorized by statute which, in
the opinion of the commissioner, are unfair, unjust, or unfairly discriminatory
to any person insured or proposed ((
for coverage)) to be insured
under a medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate.
(2) No medicare supplement insurance policy may use waivers to exclude, limit, or reduce coverage or benefits for specifically named or described preexisting diseases or physical conditions.
Sec. 6. RCW 48.66.090 and 1981 c 153 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:
All medicare supplement policies must be guaranteed renewable and a medicare supplement insurance policy may not provide that the policy may be cancelled or nonrenewed by the insurer solely on the grounds of deterioration of health. The issuer shall not cancel or nonrenew the policy for any reason other than nonpayment of premium or material misrepresentation. All medicare supplement policies and certificates must include a renewal or continuation provision. The language or specifications of such provision must be appropriately captioned, appear on the first page of the policy, and shall include any reservation by the issuer or a right to change premium.
Sec. 7. RCW 48.66.100 and 1982 c 200 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
with reports for the accounting periods beginning on or after January 1, 1982,))
Medicare supplement insurance policies shall (( be expected to))
return to policyholders in the form of aggregate (( loss ratio)) benefits
under the policy, for the entire period for which rates are computed to
provide coverage, loss ratios of:
least seventy-five percent of the ((
earned)) aggregate amount of
premiums earned in the case of group policies; and
sixty)) sixty-five percent of the (( earned)) aggregate
amount of premiums earned in the case of individual policies.
(2) For the purpose of this section, medicare supplement insurance policies issued as a result of solicitation of individuals through the mail or mass media advertising, including both print and broadcast advertising, shall be treated as individual policies.
January 1, 1982,)) The insurance commissioner (( shall)) may
adopt rules sufficient to accomplish the provisions of this section and may, by
such rules, impose more stringent or appropriate loss ratio requirements when
it is necessary for the protection of the public interest.
Sec. 8. RCW 48.66.110 and 1981 c 153 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:
An agent, insurer, health care service contractor or health maintenance
organization initiating a sale of an individual or group medicare supplement
insurance policy in this state shall complete and sign a disclosure form, in a
form prescribed by the insurance commissioner, and deliver the completed form))
In order to provide for full and fair disclosure in the sale of medicare
supplement policies, a medicare supplement policy or certificate shall not be
delivered in this state unless an outline of coverage is delivered to the
potential policyholder not later than the time of application for the policy.
If a medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate is issued on a basis
which would require revision of the outline of coverage delivered at the time
of application, a substitute outline of coverage properly describing the policy
or certificate actually issued must accompany the policy or certificate when it
is delivered and contain the following statement, in no less than twelve-point
type, immediately above the company name: "NOTICE. Read this outline of
coverage carefully. It is not identical to the outline of coverage provided
upon application and the coverage originally applied for has not been
Sec. 9. RCW 48.66.130 and 1981 c 153 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:
January 1, 1982, no medicare supplement insurance policy which excludes
coverage for preexisting conditions which appeared more than one hundred eighty
days prior to the effective date of the policy may be sold or offered for sale
in this state)) No later than July 1, 1992, and notwithstanding any
other provision of Title 48 RCW, a medicare supplement policy or certificate
shall not exclude or limit benefits for losses incurred more than six months from
the effective date of coverage because it involved a preexisting condition.
January 1, 1982, no medicare supplement insurance policy may be sold or offered
for sale in this state which excludes coverage for preexisting conditions for a
period of more than one hundred eighty days into the term of the policy)) No
later than July 1, 1992, a medicare supplement policy or certificate shall not
define a preexisting condition more restrictively than as a condition for which
medical advice was given or treatment was recommended by or received from a
physician within six months before the effective date of coverage.
(3) If a medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate contains any limitations with respect to preexisting conditions, such limitations must appear as a separate paragraph of the policy or certificate and be labeled as "Preexisting Condition Limitations."