WSR 98-16-027

AGENDA

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

[Filed July 28, 1998, 4:32 p.m.]





Semi-Annual Rules Agenda

July, 1998



In accordance with RCW 34.05.314, Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn states that the following rules are currently scheduled for consideration during the period of July 31, 1998, to December 31, 1998:



R 97-8 Standards for chemical dependency: Chapter 284-53 WAC, this chapter is being reviewed under the commissioner's regulatory improvement program.

R 98-2 Cost of capital for property and casualty rate filings, reorganization of rules to increase the effectiveness and to simplify the compliance and enforcement processes.

R 98-4 Updating the regulatory scheme of chapter 284-24 WAC, reorganization of rules to increase the effectiveness and to simplify the compliance and enforcement processes.

R 98-6 Pharmacy benefits standards, evaluate current regulatory scheme to determine if the subject would be better served by an alternative method of regulation.

R 98-7 Mental health, consider simplifying mental health benefit descriptions by establishing definitions for terms commonly used to describe these benefits.

R 98-12 Requirements for rate filings: Chapter 284-60 WAC and provisions of chapter 284-54 WAC, new rules are needed to provide consistent up-to-date guidelines for the filing of rate schedules and to specify the standard to be used to determine when benefits are unreasonable in relation to the proposed premium.

R 98-13 Insurance policies: Chapter 284-20 WAC, update and clarify the sections of this chapter.

R 98-14 Medicare supplement: Chapter 284-66 WAC, this chapter is being reviewed under the commissioner's regulatory improvement program. Provisions were nominated as regulatory schemes or rules that may need to be altered. An area that will be addressed is amending the chapter to reflect the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

R 98-15 Long-term care: Chapter 284-54 WAC, this chapter is being reviewed under the commissioner's regulatory improvement program. Provisions were nominated as regulatory schemes or rules that may need to be altered.

R 98-16 Disability insurance: Chapter 284-50 WAC, this chapter is being reviewed under the commissioner's regulatory improvement program. Provisions were nominated as regulatory schemes or rules that may need to be altered.

R 98-17 Managed care: Chapter 284-43 WAC, current rules governing health care carriers may need revision and/or new rules development to create a consistent and fair standards for grievance procedures in health plans. Some provisions of chapter 284-43 WAC may need correction as a consequence of changes in federal laws. The health care community relating to contracts between providers and health plans that require resolution has raised new problems.



For more information regarding the proposed rules and where they are in the rule-making process, check our website at: http://www.wa.gov/ins or contact Kacy Brandeberry, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, P.O. Box 40256, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, e-mail Kacyb@oic.wa.gov.

Questions regarding this agenda can be directed to Jon Hedegard, Rules Coordinator, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, P.O. Box 40256, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, e-mail JonH@oic.wa.gov.  

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