As a protection against unintentional lapse, each issuer offering long-term care insurance must comply with all of the following:
(1)(a) Notice before lapse or termination. No individual long-term care policy or certificate may be issued until the issuer has received from the applicant either a written designation of at least one person in addition to the applicant to receive notice of lapse or termination of the policy or certificate for nonpayment of premium, or a written waiver dated and signed by the applicant electing not to designate additional persons to receive notice.
(i) The applicant has the right to designate at least one person to receive the notice of termination, in addition to the insured.
(ii) Designation does not constitute acceptance of any liability on the third party for services provided to the insured.
(iii) The form used for the written designation must provide space clearly designated for listing at least one person.
(iv) The designation must include each person's full name and home address.
(v) If the applicant elects not to designate an additional person, the waiver must state: "Protection against unintended lapse. I understand that I have the right to designate at least one person other than myself to receive notice of lapse or termination of this long-term care insurance policy for nonpayment of premium. I understand that notice will not be given until thirty days after a premium is due and unpaid. I elect not to designate a person to receive this notice."
(vi) No less frequently than once every year the issuer must notify the insured of the right to change this written designation or to add a lapse designee, if the insured has not already designated a lapse designee.
(A) Issuers must print this notice in not less than twelve point type either:
(I) On the front side of the first page of the billing statement; or
(II) On a separate document that is not printed on the billing statement.
(B) If the insured has named a lapse designee for the account, then the issuer must print on the notice the name and contact information that the issuer has on record for the lapse designee.
(b) When the policyholder or certificate holder pays premium for a long-term care insurance policy or certificate through a payroll or pension deduction plan, the requirements contained in (a) of this subsection need not be met until sixty days after the policyholder or certificate holder is no longer on the payment plan. The application or enrollment form for such policies or certificates must clearly show the payment plan selected by the applicant.
(c) Lapse or termination for nonpayment of premium. No individual long-term care policy or certificate shall lapse or be terminated for nonpayment of premium unless the issuer, at least thirty days before the effective date of the lapse or termination, has given notice to the insured and to those persons designated pursuant to (a) of this subsection, at the address provided by the insured for purposes of receiving notice of lapse or termination.
(i) Issuers must be able to show:
(A) Proof that they produced the notice;
(B) Proof that they sent the notice;
(C) The name and address of the person or persons to whom they sent the notice. The address may consist of either:
(I) A physical mailing address; or
(II) An electronic mailing address for delivery by electronic means under the requirements of RCW 48.185.005
(D) The date that they sent the notice.
(ii) Upon request of the commissioner, to verify that they sent the notice, issuers must be able to provide:
(A) An attestation from the person who sent the notice or supervised sending the notice; or
(B) Proof of sending the notice, which regardless of delivery method, may consist of, but is not limited to a confirmation document that shows the date the issuer mailed the item, the name and address of the insured, and the lapse designee if the insured has named a lapse designee for the policy. Delivery of the notice may occur using one of these or similar methods:
(I) Certified mail, which may be proven by obtaining a certificate of mailing from the United States Postal Service;
(II) A commercial delivery service;
(III) First class United States mail, postage prepaid; or
(IV) Proof of delivery by electronic means under the requirements of RCW 48.185.005
(iii) If the insured has an insurance producer of record, then the issuer must also provide notice to the insured's producer of record within seventy-two hours after the issuer sends the notice to the insured and to the lapse designee, if the insured has named a lapse designee for the policy. In sending this notice, issuers must comply with the mailing requirements in (c)(ii) of this subsection.
(iv) An issuer may not give notice until thirty days after a premium is due and unpaid. Notice is deemed to have been given as of five business days after the date that the issuer sent the notice.
(v) Upon the request of the commissioner, issuers must be able to demonstrate that they use due diligence to attempt to locate policyholders or named lapse designees when they receive notification of nondelivery of lapse notices.
(2) Reinstatement. In addition to the requirements in subsection (1) of this section, a long-term care insurance policy or certificate must include a provision that provides for reinstatement of coverage in the event of lapse if the issuer receives proof, as per the standards stated in (b) of this subsection, that the policyholder or certificate holder was cognitively impaired or had a loss of functional capacity before the policy's grace period expired.
(a) Reinstatement must be available to the insured if requested within five months after lapse. When appropriate, issuers may collect past due premiums as part of the reinstatement process as set forth in the policy or certificate.
(b) The standard of proof of cognitive impairment or loss of functional capacity must not be more stringent than the benefit eligibility criteria for cognitive impairment or the loss of functional capacity contained in the policy or certificate.