(1) Insurers issuing accident and sickness policies, certificates, or subscriber contracts that provide hospital or medical expense coverage on an expense incurred or indemnity basis, other than incidentally, to persons eligible for medicare by reason of age must provide to all applicants a medicare supplement "buyer's guide."
(2) The "buyer's guide" required to be provided is the pamphlet Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare
, developed jointly by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and Health Care Financing Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or any reproduction or official revision of that pamphlet. Specimen copies may be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
(3) Delivery of the "buyer's guide" must be made whether or not such policies, certificates, or subscriber contracts are advertised, solicited, or issued as medicare supplement insurance policies. Except in the case of direct response insurers, delivery of the "buyer's guide" must be made to the applicant at the time of application and acknowledgement of receipt of the "buyer's guide" must be obtained by the insurer. Direct response insurers must deliver the "buyer's guide" to the applicant upon request but not later than at the time the policy is delivered.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.30.010(2). 88-22-061 (Order R 88-9), § 284-55-065, filed 11/1/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.66.100, 48.20.470 and 1982 c 200 § 1. 82-12-032 (Order R 82-3), § 284-55-065, filed 5/26/82.]