WSR 12-15-088

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2012-21 -- Filed July 18, 2012, 11:41 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commissioner's data call for education district health benefit plan reporting.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Section 5, chapter 3, Laws of 2012 2nd sp. sess.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 28A.400.275 requires the insurance commissioner to receive health benefits information from school districts or their health benefit providers. The commissioner will consider rules to implement the data submission requirements in order to meet legislatively required reporting standards.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The commissioner is including reporting school districts as stakeholders in developing the standards. The office of the superintendent of public instruction is engaged in the same way. The commissioner plans to apply all requisite health information data privacy and security standards, as established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Process for Developing New Rule: Submit written comments by August 31, 2012.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication.

To submit comments: Meg Jones, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 725-7170, e-mail megj@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

To be included in stakeholder meetings: Pete Cutler, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 725-9651, e-mail petec@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

July 18, 2012

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office