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48.83.040  <<  48.83.050 >>   48.83.060

RCW 48.83.050

Prohibited policy terms and practices — Field-issued, defined.

No long-term care insurance policy may:

     (1) Be canceled, nonrenewed, or otherwise terminated on the grounds of the age or the deterioration of the mental or physical health of the insured individual or certificate holder;

     (2) Contain a provision establishing a new waiting period in the event existing coverage is converted to or replaced by a new or other form within the same company, except with respect to an increase in benefits voluntarily selected by the insured individual or group policyholder;

     (3) Provide coverage for skilled nursing care only or provide significantly more coverage for skilled care in a facility than coverage for lower levels of care;

     (4) Condition eligibility for any benefits on a prior hospitalization requirement;

     (5) Condition eligibility for benefits provided in an institutional care setting on the receipt of a higher level of institutional care;

     (6) Condition eligibility for any benefits other than waiver of premium, postconfinement, postacute care, or recuperative benefits on a prior institutionalization requirement;

     (7) Include a postconfinement, postacute care, or recuperative benefit unless:

     (a) Such requirement is clearly labeled in a separate paragraph of the policy or certificate entitled "Limitations or Conditions on Eligibility for Benefits"; and

     (b) Such limitations or conditions specify any required number of days of preconfinement or postconfinement;

     (8) Condition eligibility for noninstitutional benefits on the prior receipt of institutional care;

     (9) A long-term care insurance policy or certificate may be field-issued if the compensation to the field issuer is not based on the number of policies or certificates issued. For purposes of this section, "field-issued" means a policy or certificate issued by a producer or a third-party administrator of the policy pursuant to the underwriting authority by an issuer and using the issuer's underwriting guidelines.

[2008 c 145 § 6.]