As a protection against unintentional lapse, each issuer offering long-term care insurance must comply with all of the following:
(1)(a) Notice before lapse or termination. No individual long-term care policy or certificate may be issued until the issuer has received from the applicant either a written designation of at least one person in addition to the applicant who is to receive notice of lapse or termination of the policy or certificate for nonpayment of premium, or a written waiver dated and signed by the applicant electing not to designate additional persons to receive notice.
(i) The applicant has the right to designate at least one person who is to receive the notice of termination, in addition to the insured.
(ii) Designation does not constitute acceptance of any liability on the third party for services provided to the insured.
(iii) The form used for the written designation must provide space clearly designated for listing at least one person.
(iv) The designation must include each person's full name and home address.
(v) If the applicant elects not to designate an additional person, the waiver must state: "Protection against unintended lapse. I understand that I have the right to designate at least one person other than myself to receive notice of lapse or termination of this long-term care insurance policy for nonpayment of premium. I understand that notice will not be given until thirty days after a premium is due and unpaid. I elect NOT to designate a person to receive this notice."
(vi) No less frequently than once every two years the issuer must notify the insured of the right to change this written designation.
(b) When the policyholder or certificate holder pays premium for a long-term care insurance policy or certificate through a payroll or pension deduction plan, the requirements contained in (a) of this subsection need not be met until sixty days after the policyholder or certificate holder is no longer on the payment plan. The application or enrollment form for such policies or certificates must clearly show the payment plan selected by the applicant.
(c) Lapse or termination for nonpayment of premium. No individual long-term care policy or certificate shall lapse or be terminated for nonpayment of premium unless the issuer, at least thirty days before the effective date of the lapse or termination, has given notice to the insured and to those persons designated pursuant to (a) of this subsection, at the address provided by the insured for purposes of receiving notice of lapse or termination. Notice must be given by first class United States mail, postage prepaid, and notice may not be given until thirty days after a premium is due and unpaid. Notice is deemed to have been given as of five days after the date of mailing.
(2) Reinstatement. In addition to the requirements in subsection (1) of this section, a long-term care insurance policy or certificate must include a provision that provides for reinstatement of coverage in the event of lapse if the issuer is provided proof that the policyholder or certificate holder was cognitively impaired or had a loss of functional capacity before the grace period contained in the policy expired.
(a) Reinstatement must be available to the insured if requested within five months after lapse and may allow for the collection of past due premium, where appropriate.
(b) The standard of proof of cognitive impairment or loss of functional capacity must not be more stringent than the benefit eligibility criteria for cognitive impairment or the loss of functional capacity contained in the policy or certificate.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060
, 48.83.070, 48.83.110, 48.83.120, 48.83.130(1), and 48.83.140 (4)(a). WSR 08-24-019 (Matter No. R 2008-09), § 284-83-025, filed 11/24/08, effective 12/25/08.]