WSR 16-13-103
[Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2016-19—Filed June 17, 2016, 11:00 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Prior authorization processes and transparency.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060, 48.43.515, 48.43.520, 48.43.525, 48.43.530.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In an effort to facilitate access to covered services, the commissioner wishes to standardize the process of prior authorization when such a program is in effect. These rules are intended to streamline the prior authorization process and to ensure it is more transparent for consumers and providers.
Process for Developing New Rule: Submit written comments by August 4, 2016, to Jim Freeburg,, fax (360) 586-3109.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jim Freeburg, P.O. Box 40260, Olympia, WA 98504-0260,
June 17, 2016
Mike Kreidler
Insurance Commissioner