WSR 98-07-064



[Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 98-7--Filed March 17, 1998, 12:01 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Mental health benefits definitions and disclosure

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060, 48.44.050, 48.46.200, and 48.30.010

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The terms and definitions used by health plans in describing their mental health benefits have been the subject of complaints to the commissioner. Consumers and providers of mental health services have been confused about a variety of carrier innovations in managing mental health treatments. The commissioner will consider simplifying mental health benefit descriptions by establishing definitions for terms commonly used to describe these benefits. This would improve the consumer's ability to understand the benefits provided by a plan and compare those benefits to benefits provided by other plans

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; written comments are solicited. Please send comments to: Kacy Brandeberry, P.O. Box 40256, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, FAX (360) 407-0186, Internet

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kacy Brandeberry, P.O. Box 40256, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, phone (360) 407-0729, FAX (360) 407-0186, Internet

March 17, 1998

Ed Fleisher

Deputy Insurance Commissioner

Legislature Code Reviser 


Washington State Code Reviser's Office