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WAC 284-66-350

Agency filings affecting this section

Permitted compensation arrangements.

(1)(a) The commissioner has found and hereby defines it to be an unfair act or practice and an unfair method of competition, and a prohibited practice, for any issuer, directly or indirectly, to provide commission to an insurance producer or other representative for the solicitation, sale, servicing, or renewal of a medicare supplement policy or certificate that is delivered or issued for delivery to a resident within this state unless the commission is identical as to percentage of premium for every policy year as long as the coverage under the policy or certificate remains in force with premiums being paid, or waived by the issuer, for the coverage.
(b) Each commission payment must be made by the issuer no later than sixty days following the date on which the applicable premiums, that are the basis of the commission calculation, were paid. Each payment must be paid to either the producing insurance producer who originally sold the policy or to a successor insurance producer designated by the issuer to replace the producing insurance producer, or shared between them on some basis. The distribution of the commission payments must be designated by the issuer in its various insurance producers' commission agreements and it may not terminate, reduce or keep the commission payment as long as the policy or certificate remains in force with premiums being paid, or waived by the issuer, for the coverage thereunder.
(c) Where an issuer provides a portion of the total commission for the solicitation, sale, servicing, or renewal of a medicare supplement policy or certificate to an insurance producer, sales manager, district representative or other supervisor who has marketing responsibilities (other than a producing or successor insurance producer), while such portion of total commissions continues to be paid it must be identical as to percentage of premium for every policy year as long as coverage under the policy or certificate remains in force with premiums being paid, or waived by the issuer, for the coverage.
(2) For purposes of this section, "commission" includes pecuniary or nonpecuniary remuneration of any kind relating to the solicitation, sale, servicing, or renewal of the policy or certificate, including but not limited to bonuses, gifts, prizes, advances on commissions, awards and finders fees.
(3) This section does not apply to salaried employees of an issuer who have marketing responsibilities if the salaried employee is not compensated, directly or indirectly, on any basis dependent upon the sale of insurance being made, including but not limited to considerations of the number of applications submitted, the amount or types of insurance, or premium volume.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a) and 48.17.010(5). WSR 11-01-159 (Matter No. R 2010-09), § 284-66-350, 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), § 284-66-350, filed 8/4/05, effective 9/4/05. 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), § 284-66-350, 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), § 284-66-350, filed 3/20/90, effective 4/20/90.]