(1) Under RCW 48.30.010
, it is an unfair method of competition and an unfair practice for any insurer to engage in any insurance transaction, as defined in RCW 48.01.060
, regarding life insurance, annuities, or disability insurance coverage on individuals in this state under a group policy delivered to a policyholder outside this state when:
(a) The policy or certificate providing coverage in the state of Washington, including, but not limited to, applications, riders, or endorsements, contains any inconsistent, ambiguous or misleading clauses, or exceptions and conditions which unreasonably or deceptively affect the risk purported to be assumed in the general coverage of the policy or certificate.
(b) The policy or certificate providing coverage in the state of Washington, including, but not limited to, applications, riders, or endorsements, has any title, heading, or other indication of its provisions which is misleading.
(c) The policy or certificate delivered to residents of the state of Washington does not include all terms and conditions of the coverage.
(d) The type of group being covered under the contract providing coverage in the state of Washington does not qualify for group life insurance or group disability insurance under the provisions of Title 48
(e) The coverage is being solicited by deceptive advertising.
(f) With respect to disability insurance, the policy or certificate providing coverage in the state of Washington does not:
(i) Provide that claims will be processed in compliance with RCW 48.21.130
(ii) Meet the requirements as to benefits and coverage mandated by chapter 48.21
RCW and rules effectuating that chapter, specifically including those set forth in chapter 284-51
WAC, and WAC 284-30-610
(iii) With respect to long-term care insurance, also meet the requirements of chapter 48.84
RCW and chapter 284-54
(iv) With respect to medicare supplemental insurance, also meet the requirements of chapter 48.66
RCW and chapter 284-66
(v) Meet the loss ratio standards applicable to group insurance under RCW 48.66.100
and chapter 284-60
(g) With respect to life insurance, the out-of-state group policy or certificate providing coverage in the state of Washington fails to comply with the provisions of:
(i) Chapter 48.24
(ii) WAC 284-23-550
(iii) WAC 284-30-620
(iv) WAC 284-30-630
(2) Except as provided in subsection (3)(c) of this section, for purposes of this section it is immaterial whether the coverage is offered by means of a solicitation through: A sponsoring organization; the mail broadcast or print media; electronic communication, including electronic mail and web sites; licensed insurance producers; or any other method of communication.
(3) It is further defined to be an unfair practice for any insurer marketing group insurance coverage in this state to do the following with respect to the coverage:
(a) To fail to comply with the requirements of this state relating to advertising and claims settlement practices, and to fail to furnish the commissioner, upon request, copies of all advertising materials intended for use in this state;
(b) To fail to file copies of all certificate forms and any other related forms providing coverage in Washington, including trust documents or articles of incorporation with the commissioner at least thirty days prior to use; and
(c) To fail to file with the commissioner a copy of the disclosure statement required by WAC 284-30-610
, where the sale of coverage to individuals in this state will be through solicitation by insurance producers. The disclosure statement must be appropriately completed, as it appears when delivered to the Washington individuals who are solicited by the Washington licensees.
The disclosure form must also be filed at least thirty days prior to any solicitation of coverage.
(4) This section does not apply to self-funded plans that are defined by and subject to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) or to insurers when acting as third-party administrators for self-funded ERISA plans.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.17.010(5). 11-01-159 (Matter No. R 2010-09), § 284-30-600, filed 12/22/10, effective 1/22/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.30.010, 48.01.020, 48.01.060. 00-19-048 (Matter R 98-18), § 284-30-600, filed 9/14/00, effective 10/15/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.30.010. 91-03-073 (Order 90-14), § 284-30-600, filed 1/16/91, effective 4/1/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a). 85-02-018 (Order R 84-7), § 284-30-600, filed 12/27/84.]