WSR 02-01-032

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF THE

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2001-15 -- Filed December 10, 2001, 10:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The plan of operations of the Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP) will be considered. The commissioner will also review the other sections of chapter 284-91 WAC for inconsistencies with the recently adopted law and the new plan of operations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060, 48.41.040, 48.41.170, 48.44.050, and 48.46.200.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: E2SSB 6067, chapter 79, Laws of 2000, changed the composition of the board of the pool and many of the operating procedures. The new board of WSHIP recently revised their plan of operation to reflect the changes and submitted the plan to the commissioner. The plan of operation must be adopted by rule after a public hearing by the commissioner. The commissioner will also consider any new changes the board makes to their plan of operation. The previous plan of operation is codified at WAC 284-91-027. The commissioner will consider the new plan of operation and will review the rest of chapter 284-91 WAC for inconsistencies with the recent law and the new plan of operation.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and WSHIP request. Please send any comments regarding this rule to Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, e-mail Kacyb@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-2782, by February 4, 2002.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, e-mail Kacyb@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-2782.

December 6, 2001

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office