(1) If the commissioner finds that any licensee is not reasonably able to obtain midwifery or birthing center malpractice insurance with liability limits of at least one million dollars per claim and three million dollars per annual aggregate, or such other minimum level of mandated coverage as determined by the department of health, from the voluntary insurance market, the commissioner may notify the association of such finding and direct that its board promptly convene and submit its plan of operation and bylaws to the commissioner for approval. Such plan shall include its evaluation and report relative to the feasibility of a market assistance plan to be conducted by the association as a voluntary program, or a plan to be conducted pursuant to the authority given to the commissioner by RCW 48.22.050
. Pursuant to RCW 48.87.030
, a MAP shall be used prior to activating a joint underwriting association.
(2) If the use of a MAP is unsuccessful, the commissioner may instruct the board to activate the authority of the association and commence writing midwifery and birthing center malpractice insurance, in accordance with this chapter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
. WSR 94-13-006 (Order R 94-11) , § 284-87-040, filed 6/2/94, effective 7/3/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
. WSR 94-02-053 (Order R 93-18), § 284-87-040, filed 12/30/93, effective 1/30/94.]