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WAC 284-66-130

Agency filings affecting this section

Requirements for application forms and replacement of medicare supplement insurance coverage.

(1) Application forms must include the following questions designed to elicit information as to whether, as of the date of the application, the applicant currently has another medicare supplement, medicare advantage, medicaid coverage, or another health insurance or other disability policy or certificate in force or whether a medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate is intended to replace any other policy or certificate of a health care service contractor, health maintenance organization, disability insurer, or fraternal benefit society presently in force. A supplementary application or other form to be signed by the applicant and insurance producer containing the questions and statements, may be used: If the coverage is sold without an insurance producer, the supplementary application must be signed by the applicant.
 
[Statements]
(1) You do not need more than one medicare supplement policy.
(2) If you purchase this policy, you may want to evaluate your existing health coverage and decide if you need multiple coverages.
(3) If you are sixty-five or older, you may be eligible for benefits under medicaid and may not need a medicare supplement policy.
(4) If, after purchasing this policy, you become eligible for medicaid, the benefits and premiums under your medicare supplement policy can be suspended if requested during your entitlement to benefits under medicaid for twenty-four months. You must request this suspension within ninety days of becoming eligible for medicaid. If you are no longer entitled to medicaid, your suspended medicare supplement policy (or, if that is no longer available, a substantially equivalent policy) will be reinstituted if requested within ninety days of losing medicaid eligibility. If the medicare supplement policy provided coverage for outpatient prescription drugs and you enrolled in medicare Part D while your policy was suspended, the reinstituted policy will not have outpatient prescription drug coverage, but will otherwise be substantially equivalent to your coverage before the date of the suspension.
(5) If you are eligible for, and have enrolled in a medicare supplement policy by reason of disability and you later become covered by an employer or union-based group health plan, the benefits and premiums under your medicare supplement policy can be suspended, if requested, while you are covered under the employer or union-based group health benefit plan. If you suspend your medicare supplement policy under these circumstances, and later lose your employer or union-based group health plan, your suspended medicare supplement policy (or, if that is no longer available, a substantially equivalent policy) will be reinstituted if requested within 90 days of losing your employer or union-based group health plan. If the medicare supplement policy provided coverage for outpatient prescription drugs and you enrolled in medicare Part D while your policy was suspended, the reinstituted policy will not have outpatient prescription drug coverage, but will otherwise be substantially equivalent to your coverage before the date of the suspension.
(6) Counseling services may be available in your state to provide advice concerning your purchase of medicare supplement insurance and concerning medical assistance through the state medicaid program, including benefits as a "Qualified Medicare Beneficiary" (QMB) and a "Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary" (SLMB).
[Questions]
If you lost or are losing other health insurance coverage and received a notice from your prior insurer saying you were eligible for guaranteed issue of a medicare supplement insurance policy, or that you had certain rights to buy such a policy, you may be guaranteed acceptance in one or more of our medicare supplement plans. Please include a copy of the notice from your prior insurer with your application. PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.
[Please mark Yes or No below with an "X"]
To the best of your knowledge.
(1)(a) Did you turn age 65 in the last 6 months?
Yes □
No □
(b) Did you enroll in medicare Part B in the last 6 months?
Yes □
No □
(c) If yes, what is the effective date?
(2) Are you covered for medical assistance through the state medicaid program?
[NOTE TO APPLICANT; If you are participating in a "Spend - Down Program" and have not met your "Share of Cost," please answer NO to this question.]
Yes □
No □
If yes,
(a) Will medicaid pay your premiums for this medicare supplement policy?
Yes □
No □
(b) Do you receive any benefits from medicaid OTHER THAN payments toward your medicare Part B premium?
Yes □
No □
(3)(a) If you had coverage from any medicare plan other than original medicare within the past 63 days (for example, a medicare advantage plan, or a medicare HMO or PPO), fill in your start and end dates below. If you are still covered under this plan, leave "END" blank.
START / /
END / /
(b) If you are still covered under the medicare plan, do you intend to replace your current coverage with this new medicare supplement policy?
Yes □
No □
(c) Was this your first time in this type of medicare plan?
Yes □
No □
(d) Did you drop a medicare supplement policy to enroll in the medicare plan?
Yes □
No □
(4)(a) Do you have another medicare supplement policy in force?
Yes □
No □
(b) If so, with what company and what plan do you have [optional for Direct Mailers]?
 
 
(c) If so, do you intend to replace your current medicare supplement policy with this policy?
Yes □
No □
(5) Have you had coverage under any other health insurance within the past 63 days? (For example, an employer, union or individual plan.)
Yes □
No □
(a) If so, with what company and what kind of policy?
 
 
(b) What are your dates of coverage under the other policy?
START / /
END / /
(If you are still covered under the other policy, leave "END" blank.)
 
(2) Insurance producers must list any other medical or health insurance policies sold to the applicant.
(a) List policies sold that are still in force.
(b) List policies sold in the past five years that are no longer in force.
(3) In the case of a direct response issuer, a copy of the application or supplemental form, signed by the applicant, and acknowledged by the insurer, must be returned to the applicant by the insurer upon delivery of the policy.
(4) Upon determining that a sale will involve replacement of medicare supplement coverage, an issuer, other than a direct response issuer, or its appointed insurance producer, must furnish the applicant, before issuing or delivering the medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate, a notice regarding replacement of medicare supplement insurance coverage. One copy of the notice, signed by the applicant and the insurance producer (except where the coverage is sold without an insurance producer), must be provided to the applicant and an additional signed copy must be kept by the issuer. A direct response issuer must deliver to the applicant at the time of the issuance of the policy the notice regarding replacement of medicare supplement insurance coverage.
(5) The notice required by subsection (4) of this section for an issuer, must be provided in substantially the form set forth in WAC 284-66-142 in no smaller than twelve point type, and must be filed with the commissioner before being used in this state.
(6) The notice required by subsection (4) of this section for a direct response insurer must be in substantially the form set forth in WAC 284-66-142 and must be filed with the commissioner before being used in this state.
(7) A true copy of the application for a medicare supplement insurance policy issued by a health maintenance organization or health care service contractor for delivery to a resident of this state must be attached to or otherwise physically made a part of the policy when issued and delivered.
(8) Where inappropriate terms are used, such as "insurance," "policy," or "insurance company," a fraternal benefit society, health care service contractor or health maintenance organization may substitute appropriate terminology.
(9) Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the replacement notice (applicable to preexisting conditions) may be deleted by an issuer if the replacement does not involve application of a new preexisting condition limitation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.17.010(5). WSR 11-01-159 (Matter No. R 2010-09), § 284-66-130, filed 12/22/10, effective 1/22/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.66.165. WSR 05-17-019 (Matter No. R 2004-08), § 284-66-130, filed 8/4/05, effective 9/4/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.66.041 and 48.66.165. WSR 96-09-047 (Matter No. R 96-2), § 284-66-130, filed 4/11/96, effective 5/12/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.20.450, 48.20.460, 48.20.470, 48.30.010, 48.44.020, 48.44.050, 48.44.070, 48.46.030, 48.46.130 and 48.46.200. WSR 92-06-021 (Order R 92-1), § 284-66-130, filed 2/25/92, effective 3/27/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.20.450, 48.20.460, 48.20.470, 48.30.010, 48.44.020, 48.44.050, 48.44.070, 48.46.030, 48.46.130, 48.46.200, 48.66.041, 48.66.050, 48.66.100, 48.66.110, 48.66.120, 48.66.130, 48.66.150 and 48.66.160. WSR 90-07-059 (Order R 90-4), § 284-66-130, filed 3/20/90, effective 4/20/90.]
Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency.