(1) "Administrator" means any organization designated by the assigned risk plan and approved by the commissioner to provide administrative support for the plan. Such support shall be defined by the governing committee in its operating plan. It may include, but is not limited to, acceptance, processing, and distribution of incoming applications to the servicing carrier(s), collection of and accounting for premium income, determination of assigned risk plan reserves, investment of assigned risk plan assets, collection of statistical data, actuarial assistance for rate making, development of policy contracts, and auditing the activities of servicing carrier(s) to ensure that the assigned risk plan's rules are being applied properly.
(2) "Applicant" means an employer, seeking coverage from the assigned risk plan, who has, in good faith, been unable to purchase United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act coverage from authorized insurers writing such coverage in Washington. "Applicant" does not include employers seeking coverage through the plan solely because of the lack of availability of maritime employers' liability coverage.
(3) "Authorized insurer" means any insurance company licensed to write workers' compensation insurance on a direct basis in this state.
(4) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of insurance of the state of Washington.
(5) "Governing committee" means the committee responsible for administering the assigned risk plan. It shall consist of thirteen members, who shall be appointed by the commissioner. The director of the department of labor and industries shall be one member. The remaining members shall be selected to insure equal representation of each of the following interest groups; authorized insurers writing primary or excess workers' compensation insurance, insurance producers, organized labor, and maritime employers.
(6) "Maritime employers' liability" means that liability imposed by 46 U.S.C. 688 (the Jones Act) and general maritime law for bodily injury including death of a master or member of the crew of any vessel.
(7) "Servicing carrier" means any authorized insurer designated by the assigned risk plan and approved by the commissioner and the United States Department of Labor to issue workers' compensation policies. It shall issue policies on behalf of the assigned risk plan, provide safety engineering, handle claims incurred by those covered by the assigned risk plan, provide premium audits, perform underwriting functions, and perform other duties as defined by the governing committee in its operating procedures.
(8) "State industrial insurance fund" means that entity defined in RCW 51.08.175
which provides primary workers' compensation insurance on a direct basis in this state.
(9) "United States longshore and harbor workers' compensation coverage" means that workers' compensation coverage required of employers by the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. Secs. 901 through 950. It is hereinafter referred to as USL&H coverage.
(10) "Written premium" means gross direct premiums (excluding premiums on risks written ceded to the assigned risk plan), within the state of Washington, charged during the first preceding calendar year with respect to United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' insurance, less return premiums, dividends paid or credited to policyholders, or the unused or unabsorbed portions of premium deposits.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
. WSR 06-24-038 (Matter No. R 2006-09), § 284-22-050, filed 11/30/06, effective 12/31/06; WSR 03-03-052 (Matter No. R 2001-10), § 284-22-050, filed 1/13/03, effective 2/13/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
. WSR 93-20-019 (Order R 93-17), § 284-22-050, filed 9/24/93, effective 10/25/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
and 1992 c 209. WSR 92-19-095 (Order R 92-12), § 284-22-050, filed 9/16/92, effective 10/17/92.]