PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
OFFICE OF THE
[Insurance Commissioner Matter R 2019-04—Filed June 17, 2019, 1:31 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Implementation of 2SHB 1065 (chapter 427, Laws of 2019), Balance Billing Protection Act.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Sections 10, 15 and 30, chapter 427, Laws of 2019.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Balance Billing Protection Act establishes new requirements applicable to health carriers, hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, laboratories and several types of health care providers health care coverage or services in Washington state. Rules may be needed to define implementation processes and clarify terms related to several components of the new law. Such rules will facilitate implementation of the law by ensuring that all affected entities understand their rights and obligations under the law.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington state department of health (DOH) and the office of the insurance commissioner (OIC) share responsibility for enforcement of violations of the balance billing prohibition. OIC has been, and will continue to coordinate with DOH on implementation of these provisions. DOH will participate in any OIC rule making related to enforcement.
Process for Developing New Rule: Comments due by July 19, 2019.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jane Beyer, P.O. Box 40260, Olympia, WA 98504-0260, phone 360-725-7043, fax 360-586-3109, TTY 360-586-0241, email email@example.com, web site www.insurance.wa.gov.
June 19, 2019