WSR 08-09-022

PERMANENT RULES

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2008-01 -- Filed April 7, 2008, 4:44 p.m. , effective May 8, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: To repeal chapter 284-43 WAC, Subchapter G. WAC 284-43-700, 284-43-710, 284-43-720, and 284-43-730 were adopted in 1998 to effectuate the 1993 Health Reform Act and to identify federal laws that intersect with state law pursuant to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). These rules are no longer needed and are confusing to carriers and consumers.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 284-43-700, 284-43-710, 284-43-720, and 284-43-730.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060, 48.20.450, 48.20.460, 48.44.050, 48.46.030, 48.46.200.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-03-125 on January 23, 2008.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 4.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 4.

Date Adopted: April 7, 2008.

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

OTS-1272.1


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 284-43-700 Purpose.
WAC 284-43-710 Portability of health insurance benefits.
WAC 284-43-720 Guaranteed issue and restrictions on the denial, exclusion, or limitation of health benefits for preexisting conditions.
WAC 284-43-730 Guaranteed renewability -- Health insurance.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office