WSR 20-15-070
[Filed July 13, 2020, 11:54 a.m.]
Semi-Annual Rule Development Agenda
July 31, 2020, through January 31, 2021
The commissioner has introduced the following rules. This list is current as of July 13, 2020. There may be additional rule-making activity not included on this agenda and all information referenced is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information visit our rule-making website
For questions, please contact Bryon Welch,, or 360-725-7037.
Statutory Authority
Current Activity
Service contract providers and protection product guarantee providers (R 2016-23).
WSR 16-18-065
Filed 9/2/16
Filed 2/10/20
RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a), section 3(9) and 4 (1)(c); chapter 56, Laws of 2019 (SB 5889)
Confidential communication (R 2019-03).
WSR 19-15-129
Filed 7/23/19
RCW 48.43.007, 48.43.510; chapter 11, Laws of 2019 (ESHB 1099)
Network access and notice requirements (R 2019-05).
WSR 19-14-113
Filed 7/2/19
RCW 48.02.060; section 4, chapter 171, Laws of 2019 (ESHB 1879)
RX drug utilization management (R 2019-11).
WSR 19-18-089
Filed 9/4/19
RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a), 48.18.559(2)
Increasing allowable amount of risk reduction goods and services (R 2020-01).
WSR 20-03-092
Filed 1/13/20
RCW 48.02.060; chapter 240, Laws of 2020 (2SSB 5601)
Health care benefit managers (R 2020-04).
WSR 20-12-031
Filed 5/27/20
Actuarial opinion and memorandum regulation (R 2020-05).
WSR 20-12-032
Filed 5/27/20
Prohibiting discrimination in health care coverage (R 2020-06).
WSR 20-12-033
Filed 5/27/20
Continues implementation of The Balance Billing Protection Act (R 2020-07).
WSR 20-12-083
Filed 6/2/20
RCW 48.02.060; chapter 253, Laws of 2019 (SHB 1075)
Change of insurance-offset of expenses of group policyholder (R 2020-08).
WSR 20-12-084
Filed 6/2/20
RCW 48.02.060, 48.30.010; chapter 197, Laws of 2020 (SSB 6052)
Life insurance-behavioral change incentives (R 2020-09).
WSR 20-12-087
Filed 6/2/20
RCW 48.02.060, 48.20.460, 48.44.050, 48.46.200; section 6, chapter 345, Laws of 2020 (ESHB 2642)
Removing health coverage barriers to accessing substance use disorder treatment services (R 2020-10).
WSR 20-13-045
[Filed] 6/11/20
RCW 48.02.060, 48.44.050, 48.46.200, 48.44.020 (2)(d), 48.44.022, 48.44.023, 48.46.060 (3)(d), 48.46.060(5), 48.46.064, 48.46.066; chapter 196, Laws of 2020 (SSB 6051)
Health coverage supplementing medicare Part D provided through a federally authorized employer group waiver plan.
Update to prompt response requirement.
Chapter 283, Laws of 2020 (SHB 2554)
Mitigating inequity in the health insurance market.
Other Possible Rule-Making Topics: In addition to the rules referenced above, the commissioner continues his effort to update and clarify code, as well as implement recent legislation. A potential list of subjects that may be considered for future rule making include or may include:
Adjuster issues.
Administrative hearings.
Annuity marketing and disclosure requirements.
Barriers to patient care access resulting from contracting practices.
Coordination of benefits.
Dental insurance practices.
Discontinuation and renewal of health plan coverage.
Discrimination in health care plan design.
Electronic filing of state specific reporting.
Electronic notices and document delivery of insurance products.
Essential health benefits.
Fixing outdates [outdated] references.
Health care coverage in general.
Health care coverage specific to dependents and incapacitated children.
Health care sharing ministries.
Implementation of state legislation or reform.
Implementation of federal legislation or reform.
Licensing requirements.
Life and disability issues.
Market stabilization.
Medical parity.
Minimum valuation standards.
NAIC model act implementation.
Pharmacy formulary tiers.
Pharmacy exceptions, substitutions and appeals process.
Pediatric dental.
Prelicensing insurance education.
Producer issues.
Producer commissions.
Property and casualty issues.
Ride-sharing insurance coverage.
Summary of health insurance benefits coverage.
Rating variables.
Contact Bryon Welch, 360-725-7037, RCW 34.05.314.
Mike Kreidler