INSURANCE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE
[Filed April 16, 1998, 11:45 a.m.]
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ADVISORY
April 3, 1998
Attention: Health Care Service Contractors and Health Maintenance Organizations.
Re: WAC 284-43-920.
The recently adopted regulation, WAC 284-43-920(1) states that:
"(1) Every contract form and any modification thereof, and every rate schedule and any change thereof shall be filed with the commissioner:
(a) Before being offered for sale to the public, and
(b) Within thirty days after the end of an eighteen-month period during which a previous filing has remained unchanged for such period, including contract forms filed prior to the effective date of this regulation."
The reference to an eighteen-month period in subsection (b) represents a change from previous regulations that specified a three-year period. We recognize the potential administrative burden of immediate compliance with this regulation. Therefore, we are extending the due date for compliance with subsection (1)(b) to September 1, 1998.
If you have any questions regarding this advisory, please call Chris Daugherty at (360) 664-2531.