(1)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, this section applies to any long-term care policy or certificate issued for delivery in this state on or after January 1, 2009.
(b) Certificates issued on or after January 1, 2009, under a group long-term care insurance policy as defined in RCW 48.83.020
(6)(a), that were in force prior to January 1, 2009, the provisions of this section apply on the policy anniversary first following January 1, 2009.
(2) Except for policies for which no applicable premium rate or rate schedule increases can be made, the issuer must provide all of the information listed in this subsection to the applicant at the time of application or enrollment. If the method of application does not allow for delivery at that time, the issuer must provide all of the information listed in this section to the applicant no later than at the time of delivery of the policy or certificate. For example, a method of delivery that does not allow for all listed information to be provided at time of application or enrollment is an application by mail.
(a) A statement that the policy may be subject to rate increases in the future;
(b) An explanation of potential future premium rate revisions, and the policyholder's or certificate holder's option in the event of a premium rate revision;
(c) The premium rate or rate schedules applicable to the applicant that will be in effect until a request is made for an increase;
(d) A general explanation for applying premium rate or rate schedule including:
(i) A description of when premium rate or rate schedule adjustments will be effective (for example, next anniversary date or next billing date); and
(ii) The right to a revised premium rate or rate schedule as provided for in (c) of this subsection if the premium rate or rate schedule is changed;
(e)(i) Information regarding each premium rate increase on this policy form or similar policy forms over the past ten years for this state or any other state that, at a minimum, identifies:
(A) The policy forms for which premium rates have been increased;
(B) The calendar years when the form was available for purchase; and
(C) The amount or percent of each increase. The percentage may be expressed as a percentage of the premium rate prior to the increase, and may also be expressed as minimum and maximum percentages if the rate increase is variable by rating characteristics.
(ii) The issuer, in a fair manner, may provide additional explanatory information related to the rate increases.
(iii) The issuer may exclude from the disclosure, premium rate increases that only apply to blocks of business acquired from other nonaffiliated issuers or the long-term care policies acquired from other nonaffiliated issuers when those increases occurred prior to the acquisition.
(iv) If the acquiring issuer files for a rate increase on a long-term care policy form acquired from a nonaffiliated issuer or a block of policy forms acquired from a nonaffiliated issuer on or before the later of January 1, 2009, or the end of a twenty-four-month period following the acquisition of the block or policies, the acquiring issuer may exclude that rate increase from the disclosure; however, the nonaffiliated selling issuer must include the disclosure of that rate increase in accordance with (e)(i) of this subsection.
(v) If the acquiring issuer in (e)(iv) of this subsection files for a subsequent rate increase at any time (including during the twenty-four-month period following the acquisition of the block or policies) on the same policy form acquired from a nonaffiliated issuer or block of policy forms acquired from a nonaffiliated issuer referenced in (e)(iv) of this subsection, the acquiring issuer must make all disclosures required by (e) of this subsection, including disclosure of the earlier rate increase.
(vi) If the policy is for employer-group coverage, the disclosures in this subsection need to be made only to the employer if the employer is paying the entire premium and no contributions or coverage elections are made by individual employees.
(3) The applicant must sign an acknowledgement at the time of application, unless the method of application does not allow for signature at that time, that the issuer made the disclosure required under subsection (2)(a) and (e) of this section. If due to the method of application the applicant cannot sign an acknowledgement at the time of application, the applicant must sign no later than at the time of delivery of the policy or certificate.
(4) The forms provided in WAC 284-83-170
must be used by the issuer to comply with the requirements of subsections (2) and (3) of this section.
(5) The issuer must provide notice of an upcoming premium rate schedule increase to all policyholders or certificate holders, as applicable, at least forty-five days prior to the implementation of any premium rate schedule increase by the issuer. The notice must include the information required by subsection (2) of this section when the rate increase is implemented.