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WAC 284-50-170

Introductory, initial, or special offers.

(1) An advertisement of an individual policy shall not directly or by implication represent that a contract or combination of contracts is an introductory, initial, or special offer, or that applicants will receive substantial advantages not available at a later date, or that the offer is available only to a specified group of individuals, unless such is the fact. An advertisement shall not contain phrases describing an enrollment period as "special," "limited," or similar words or phrases when the insurer uses such enrollment periods as the usual method of advertising disability insurance or health care service contractors' agreements.
(2) An enrollment period during which a particular insurance product may be purchased on an individual basis shall not be offered within this state unless there has been a lapse of not less than three months between the close of the immediately preceding enrollment period for the same product and the opening of the new enrollment period. The advertisement shall indicate the date by which the applicant must mail the application which shall be not less than ten days and not more than forty days from the date that such enrollment period is advertised for the first time. This rule applies to all advertising media, i.e., mail, newspapers, radio, television, magazines, and periodicals, by any one insurer. The phrase "any one insurer" includes all the affiliated companies of a group of insurance companies under common management or control. This rule is inapplicable to solicitations of employees or members of a particular group or association which solicitations are being made under specific provisions of the insurance code for group, blanket, or franchise insurance.
(3) This rule prohibits any statement or implication to the effect that only a specific number of policies will be sold, or that a time is fixed for the discontinuance of the sale of the particular policy advertised because of special advantages available in the policy, unless such is the fact.
(4) The phrase "a particular insurance product" in subsection (2) of this rule means an insurance policy which provides substantially different benefits than those contained in any other policy. Different terms of renewability; an increase or decrease in the dollar amounts of benefits; an increase or decrease in any elimination period or waiting period from those available during an enrollment period for another policy shall not be sufficient to constitute the product being offered as a different product eligible for the concurrent or overlapping enrollment periods.
(5) Special awards, such as a "safe driver's award" shall not be used in connection with advertisements of disability insurance.
[Order R-73-1, ยง 284-50-170, filed 2/28/73, effective 4/1/73.]
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