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                                 SENATE BILL 5342



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senators Matson, Anderson, Owen, McCaslin and Oke.


Read first time January 29, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.Authorizing payment by annuity by self-insured employers.

     AN ACT Relating to payment by annuity by self-insured employers; and amending RCW 51.44.070.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 51.44.070 and 1989 c 190 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) For every case resulting in death or permanent total disability the department shall transfer on its books from the accident fund of the proper class and/or appropriate account to the "reserve fund" a sum of money for that case equal to the estimated present cash value of the monthly payments provided for it, to be calculated upon the basis of an annuity covering the payments in this title provided to be made for the case.  Such annuity values shall be based upon rates of mortality, disability, remarriage, and interest as determined by the department, taking into account the experience of the reserve fund in such respects.

     Similarly, a self-insurer in these circumstances shall pay into the reserve fund a sum of money computed in the same manner, and the disbursements therefrom shall be made as in other cases.

     (2) As an alternative to payment procedures otherwise provided under law, in the event of death or permanent total disability to workers of self-insured employers, a self-insured employer may upon establishment of such obligation file with the department a bond, ((or)) an assignment of account from a federally or state chartered commercial banking institution authorized to conduct business in the state of Washington, or purchase an annuity in an amount deemed by the department to be reasonably sufficient to insure payment of the pension benefits provided by law.  The department shall adopt rules governing assignments of account and annuities.  Such rules shall ensure that the funds are available if needed, even in the case of failure of the banking institution, the institution authorized to provide annuities, or ((of)) the employer's business.

     The annuity value for every such case shall be determined by the department based upon the department's experience as to rates of mortality, disability, remarriage, and interest.  The amount of the required bond ((or)), assignment of account, or annuity may be reviewed and adjusted periodically by the department, based upon periodic redeterminations by the department as to the outstanding annuity value for the case.

     Under such alternative, the ((department)) self-insurer shall ((make the monthly payments from the pension reserve fund)) provide for the benefits provided for by RCW 51.32.050 and 51.32.060 to the self-insured beneficiary or beneficiaries ((and the department shall be reimbursed for all such payments from the particular self-insured employer through periodic charges not less than quarterly in a manner to be determined by the director)).

     Any self-insured employer electing ((this alternative method of providing for payment)) to have the department administer the payment of this obligation to the beneficiary or beneficiaries shall additionally pay to the department a deposit equal to the first three months' payments otherwise required under RCW 51.32.050 and 51.32.060.  Such deposit shall be placed in the reserve fund in accordance with RCW 51.44.140 and shall be returned to the respective self-insured employer when monthly payments are no longer required for such particular obligation.

     If a self-insurer delays or refuses to reimburse the department beyond fifteen days after the reimbursement charges become due, there shall be a penalty paid by the self-insurer upon order of the director of an additional amount equal to twenty-five percent of the amount then due which shall be paid into the pension reserve fund.  Such an order shall conform to the requirements of RCW 51.52.050.