WSR 02-16-093

EXPEDITED RULES

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Filed August 7, 2002, 10:52 a.m. ]

Title of Rule: Specialty producer licenses.

Purpose: Chapter 357, Laws of 2002 (ESHB 2224) requires vendors of insurance covering communications equipment to file a specialty producer license application with the commissioner. The proposed regulations will implement this new law.

Other Identifying Information: Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2002-08.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060, chapter 357, Laws of 2002.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 357, Laws of 2002.

Summary: Chapter 357, Laws of 2002 requires vendors that sell to, enroll in, and bill and collect premiums from customers for insurance covering communications equipment on a master, corporate, group, or individual policy basis to file a specialty producer license application with the commissioner. These proposed rules will establish the process and fees for licensure of rental car companies and their agents.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed regulations will implement the new law and create the necessary rules for the new type of licensure.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Jon Hedegard, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, (360) 664-4629; Implementation: Georgia Cooper, P.O. Box 40257, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, (360) 438-7707; and Enforcement: Scott Jarvis, P.O. Box 40257, Olympia, WA 98504-0256, (360) 438-7697.

Name of Proponent: Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Chapter 357, Laws of 2002 (ESHB 2224) requires vendors that sell to, enroll in, and bill and collect premiums from customers for insurance covering communications equipment on a master, corporate, group, or individual policy basis to file a specialty producer license application with the commissioner. The proposed rules will establish the process and fees for licensure of rental car companies and their agents. The proposed rules implement the new law and create the necessary rules for the new type of licensure.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THE USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Kacy Scott, Insurance Commissioner, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov , AND RECEIVED BY October 8, 2002.


August 7, 2002

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

OTS-5883.2

Chapter 284-17A WAC

COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT LICENSES


NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-010   Do I need to be licensed as a specialty producer?   If you lease, sell, or provide communications equipment or communications service, you must have a specialty producer license in order to market insurance related to the sale of the communications equipment.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-020   What definitions are important throughout the chapter?   (1) "Communications equipment" means cell phone handsets, pagers, personal digital assistants, portable computers, automatic answering devices, batteries, and their accessories or other devices used to originate or receive communications signals or service approved for coverage by rule of the commissioner, and also includes services related to the use of the devices.

(2) "Communications equipment insurance program" means an insurance program.

(3) "Communications service" means the service necessary to send, receive, or originate communications signals.

(4) "Customer" means a person or entity purchasing or leasing communications equipment or communications services from a vendor.

(5) "Specialty producer license" means a license issued that authorizes a vendor to offer or sell insurance.

(6) "Supervising agent" means an agent licensed under RCW 48.17.060 who provides training and is affiliated to a licensed vendor.

(7) "Vendor" means a person or entity resident or with offices in this state in the business of leasing, selling, or providing communications equipment or communications service to customers.

(8) "Appointing insurer" means the insurer appointing the vendor as its agent under a specialty producer license.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-030   How do I apply for specialty producer license?   Forms and instructions may be obtained from the licensing section of the office of insurance commissioner.

To apply for a specialty producer license, you must submit to the licensing section of the OIC the following:

(1) An application with the commissioner signed by the applicant, or an officer of the applicant, and include the following:

(a) Applicant's name;

(b) If an entity, the type of entity;

(c) Address for its primary location in the state of Washington and each additional location at which it intends to offer communications equipment insurance to Washington consumers;

(d) A copy of its articles of incorporation; and

(e) A certificate of good standing from the secretary of state.

(2) An appointment as an agent completed by each authorized insurer(s) authorizing the applicant to represent the insurer.

(3) An affiliation completed by the applicant authorizing the supervising agent to represent the applicant. The supervising agent must be licensed under RCW 48.17.060.

(4) Fees:

License fee $500
Appointment fee $20 each
Affiliation fee $20

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-040   How do I renew the license?   A renewal notice will be mailed to each licensed specialty producer in May for renewal by July 1 of each year. You must submit this renewal notice with the two hundred fifty dollar fee, if received prior to the July 1 expiration. If received one to thirty days late, the fee is three hundred seventy-five dollars. If received thirty-one to sixty days late, the fee is five hundred dollars. If received after sixty days, the license, appointment(s) and affiliation must be reinstated.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-050   What information must I provide to prospective customers?   Approved written material must be readily available to prospective customers at every location where you sell a communications equipment insurance program.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-060   What is included in the written material?   The supervising agent must submit the written materials regarding the program with the initial application for approval with the commissioner. Any changes or additions to this material must be approved by the commissioner prior to implementation. The materials must:

(1) Clearly and correctly summarize the material terms of the coverage offered and identify the insurer and supervising agent or broker;

(2) State that the purchase of the communications equipment insurance program is not required in order to purchase or lease communications equipment;

(3) Separately set forth the charges applicable to the coverage; and

(4) Describe the process for filing a claim.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-070   Do I need to provide training to my employees?   The supervising agent must supervise a communication equipment insurance training program for the vendor's employees. The supervising agent must be authorized and approved by the appointing insurer. The supervising agent must file with the commissioner an outline of the training materials used to train employees of the licensed vendor about the communications equipment insurance program.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-080   What are the requirements for the accounting of premiums?   The specialty producer shall not be required to treat premiums collected from its customers as funds received in a fiduciary capacity, provided that:

The premium charge is separately itemized on customer billings and periodically remitted to the supervising agent pursuant to the terms of a written contract; and

The insurer has consented in writing, signed by an officer of the insurer, that premiums need not be segregated from other funds received by the vendor.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-090   Does the commissioner have authority to suspend, fine, or revoke my license or refuse to license me?   Yes. The commissioner can deny a license application, fine a vendor, or suspend or revoke a license. See RCW 48.17.540 through 48.17.560. The conduct of your employees and any authorized representatives within the scope of their employment or agency is viewed under the law as your conduct.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 284-17A-100   What is the effective date of this rule?   Each communications equipment vendor offering communications equipment insurance prior to July 1, 2002, may continue to offer such insurance provided that it makes application for licensure as a communications equipment insurance specialty producer on or before January 1, 2003. The expiration date of this initial license is July 1, 2004.

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