(1) For the purpose of this regulation:
(a) "Policy" shall include any policy, plan, certificate, contract, agreement, statement of coverage, rider, or endorsement which provides for life insurance or annuity benefits.
(b) "Insurer" shall include any organization or person which issues life insurance or annuities in this State and is engaged in the advertisement of a policy.
(c) "Advertisement" shall be material designed to create public interest in life insurance or annuities or in an insurer, or to induce the public to purchase, increase, modify, reinstate, or retain a policy including:
(i) Printed and published material, audiovisual material, and descriptive literature of an insurer used in direct mail, newspapers, magazines, radio and television scripts, bill-boards and similar displays;
(ii) Descriptive literature and sales aids of all kinds issued by an insurer or insurance producer, including but not limited to circulars, leaflets, booklets, depictions, illustrations and form letters;
(iii) Material used for the recruitment, training and education of an insurer's sales personnel and insurance producers, which is designed to be used or is used to induce the public to purchase, increase, modify, reinstate or retain a policy;
(iv) Prepared sales talks, presentations and material for use by sales personnel and insurance producers.
(2) "Advertisement" for the purpose of this regulation shall not include:
(a) Communications or materials used within an insurer's own organization and not intended for dissemination to the public;
(b) Communications with policyholders other than material urging policyholders to purchase, increase, modify, reinstate or retain a policy;
(c) A general announcement from a group or blanket policyholder to eligible individuals on an employment or membership list that a policy or program has been written or arranged, provided the announcement clearly indicates that it is preliminary to the issuance of a booklet explaining the proposed coverage.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.17.010(5). 11-01-159 (Matter No. R 2010-09), § 284-23-020, filed 12/22/10, effective 1/22/11; Order R-75-3, § 284-23-020, filed 8/22/75, effective 11/1/75.]