WSR 00-04-089



[ Filed February 2, 2000, 9:19 a.m. ]

Semi-Annual Rules Agenda

In accordance with RCW 34.05.314, Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn states that the on-going rule makings stated below are currently under consideration. No new rule makings are currently anticipated in this reporting period with the following possible exceptions; rules to implement the 1999 Holocaust legislation and any rules that may be required or desired to implement legislation passed during the 2000 Legislative session.
R 98-2 Cost of Capital for Property and Casualty Rate Filings. Methods will be considered to reorganize rules to increase the effectiveness and to simplify the compliance and enforcement of process.
R 98-12 Requirements for Rate Filings. Provide consistent and up-to-date guidelines for filing of rate schedules, and specify the standard to be used to determine when benefits are unreasonable in relation to the proposed premium.
R 98-14 Washington Medicare Supplement Insurance Regulation. Improve clarity and efficiency of rules and amend the chapter to reflect the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA).
R 98-15 Long-Term Care. Improve clarity and efficiency of rules and address HIPAA issues.
R 98-16 Washington Disability Insurance Regulation. Improve clarity and efficiency of rules.
R 98-18 Out-of-State Groups. Update, clarify and review overall regulatory scheme to determine if it is the most complete, efficient, and effective way of regulating this area and protecting consumers receiving coverage in Washington state.
R 99-1 Annuity and Deposit Fund Disclosure Regulation. Update regulatory scheme and contemplate possible changes to better protect Washington consumers.
R 99-6 Triple X, Valuation of Life Insurance Policies. Adopt the model regulation on valuation of life insurance policies that has been adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The purpose of the model regulation is to provide a better method of ensuring adequate and realistic reserves for life insurance policies.
99-7 Uniform Claims Procedures. Consider new rules to improve efficiency and reduce costs through the use of uniform claim forms and other common administrative procedures for health insurers. The Commissioner will oversee a process facilitated by the Community Health Information Technology Alliance (CHITA) to develop and recommend the use of uniform processes for the administrative functions of health carriers. These rules may include a direction that carriers use forms and procedures to reduce duplication among carriers such as use of CHITA's "Standard Referral Form." Among the topics for consideration are uniform billing and claims forms, referral forms, authorization forms, and audit standards.

Questions or comments regarding this agenda or any ongoing or possible rule making should be directed to Kacy Brandeberry, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, phone (360) 664-3784, fax (360) 664-2782, e-mail

This agenda is submitted by Jon Hedegard, Rules Coordinator, Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office