WSR 98-04-084

EXPEDITED ADOPTION

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

[Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 98-1--Filed February 4, 1998, 11:30 a.m.]

Title of Rule: Regulatory improvement.

Purpose: Repeal various outdated or inefficient sections of Title 284 WAC.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060, 48.17.150, 48.44.040, 48.46.200.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 48.17.150, 48.44.050, 48.46.200.

Summary: WAC 284-17-300, 284-51-180, 284-58-040, 284-58-050 and 284-58-060 were suggested for repeal as a part of the commissioner's on-going regulatory improvement rules review.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: There should be two main effects of these repeals: (1) Removal of several of the sections should make the code more efficient and improve clarity; and (2) removal of several of the sections should alleviate some of the burdens of compliance.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jon Hedegard, Lacey, Washington, (360) 407-0728.

Name of Proponent: Deborah Senn, Insurance Commissioner, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule will repeal various sections of Title 284 WAC. The affected sections include WAC 284-17-300, concerns the continuing education advisory committee, a committee that has not met in several years; WAC 284-51-180, regards a form for coordination of benefits (COB) that is somewhat duplicative and not essential; WAC 284-58-040, 284-58-050, and 284-58-060, concern filing requirements for disability filings that are not necessary for the review of the filings.

The result of the removal of these sections should aid in making the code clearer and more useful. The removal of the COB and the disability form sections should make compliance easier, quicker, and provide less costly.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: It eliminates WAC 284-17-300, 284-51-180, 284-58-040, 284-58-050, and 284-58-060.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED TO BE ADOPTED USING AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS RULE BEING ADOPTED USING THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Kacy Brandeberry, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, P.O. Box 40256, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, e-mail KacyB@oic.wa.gov, AND RECEIVED BY April 4, 1998.

February 4, 1998

Greg Scully

Deputy Commissioner

REPEALER

The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:

WAC 284-17-300 Continuing education advisory committee.

REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:

WAC 284-51-180 Appendix A, form for "effect on benefits" provision.

REPEALER

The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:

WAC 284-58-040 Life and disability filing report documents.

WAC 284-58-050 Document to be used in filing life and disability forms.

WAC 284-58-060 Document to be used in filing disability rates.

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