(1) The insurance commissioner recognizes that licensed insurers routinely enter into reinsurance agreements that yield legitimate relief to the ceding insurer from strain to surplus. It is improper, however, for an authorized insurer, in the capacity of ceding insurer, to enter into reinsurance agreements for the principal purpose of producing significant surplus aid for the ceding insurer, typically on a temporary basis, while not transferring all of the significant risks inherent in the business being reinsured. In substance or effect, the expected potential liability to the ceding insurer remains basically unchanged by the reinsurance transaction, notwithstanding certain risk elements in the reinsurance agreement, such as catastrophic mortality or extraordinary survival.
(2) This regulation (WAC 284-13-850 through 284-13-863
) applies to all domestic life and disability insurers and to all other licensed life and disability insurers which are not subject to a similar regulation in their domiciliary state. This regulation also applies to the disability insurance policies issued by authorized property and casualty insurers. This regulation does not apply to assumption reinsurance, yearly renewable term reinsurance or nonproportional reinsurance (such as stop loss or catastrophe reinsurance).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
. WSR 95-19-018 (Order 95-4), § 284-13-850, filed 9/8/95, effective 10/9/95.]