(1) On or after January 1, 2004, an insurer may substitute a blended mortality table for the 2001 CSO mortality table for any ordinary life insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery in this state. The ordinary life policy must have (a) utilized the same premium rates and charges for male and female lives and (b) been issued in circumstances where applicable law does not permit distinctions on the basis of gender. The substituted table may blend the 2001 CSO mortality table (M) and the 2001 CSO mortality table (F) for use in determining minimum cash surrender values and amounts of paid-up nonforfeiture benefits. The table may be used for any one or more specified plans of insurance subject to the conditions in this regulation. No change in minimum valuation standards is implied by this subsection.
(2) The insurer may choose from among the blended tables developed by the American Academy of Actuaries CSO task force and adopted by the NAIC in December of 2002. The mortality table chosen must be based on the blend of lives by gender expected for the policies to be issued. The 2001 CSO mortality table (M) and 2001 CSO mortality table (F) may only be used where the proportion of individuals insured is anticipated to be ninety percent or more of one gender or the other.
(3) An insurer shall not use gender blended mortality tables unless:
(a) The Norris decision (Arizona Governing Committee v. Norris, 463 U.S. 1073, 103 S. Ct. 3492, 77 1. Ed 2d 1236 (1983)) or other federal law is known to apply to the policies involved; or
(b) The insurer has a bona fide concern that the Norris decision or other federal law might reasonably be construed to apply by a court having jurisdiction.
(4) It is not a violation of RCW 48.30.300
for an insurer to issue the same kind of policy of life insurance on both a gender distinct and gender neutral basis.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
, and 48.76.050
. WSR 04-04-070 (Matter No. R 2003-02), § 284-74-450, filed 2/2/04, effective 3/4/04.]