For Consumers

2016 recently adopted rules

The rules below were adopted in 2016. "Adopted" indicates the date the rule was formally approved, and is also known as the filing date. "Effective" specifies the date the rule went into effect.

Rename "Candidate Handbook" to "Candidate Information Bulletin" (R 2016-25)

Prescription drug coverage disclosures (R 2016-16)

  • Adopted: 12/21/2016

  • Effective: 12/21/2016

  • Complete text: 201616103 (PDF, 443KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-43-0160, WAC 284-43-5170

Registration and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (R 2016-07)

Special enrollment rules: Expanded Health Benefit Exchange request (R 2016-21)

Exceptions to providing consumers with an annual privacy policy (R 2016-20)

  • Adopted: 11/23/2016

  • Effective: 12/24/2016

  • Complete text: 201620103 (PDF, 392KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-04-120, WAC 284-04-205

Principle based reserving (R 2016-14)

  • Adopted: 11/23/2016

  • Effective: 12/24/2016

  • Complete text: 201614103 (PDF, 313KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-74-600, WAC 284-74-610

Independent Review Organization transfer from the Department of Health to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (R 2016-17)

  • Adopted: 11/23/2016

  • Effective: 1/1/2017

  • Complete text: 201617103 (PDF, 461KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-43-3010, WAC 284-43-4000, WAC 284-43-4040,  WAC 284-43-5900

Acknowledgment for motorists rejecting underinsured motor vehicle (R 2016-18)

Rating requirements - SSB 6536 (R 2016-06)

  • Adopted: 11/4/2016

  • Effective: 12/05/2016

  • Complete text: 201606103 (PDF, 408KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-43-6000, WAC 284-43-6010, WAC 284-43-6020, WAC 284-43-6060, WAC 284-43-6200; WAC 284-43-6500, and WAC 284-60-010

Prescription emergency fill notifications (R 2016-08)

  • Adopted: 9/20/2016

  • Effective: 10/21/ 2016

  • Complete text: 201608103 (PDF, KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-43-5110, WAC 284-43-5170, WAC 284-170-470

Allowing insurers to pay claims settlements (R 2016-12)

Essential Health Benefits: Amendment to comply with recent federal guidance regarding coverage for obesity (R 2015-18)

  • Adopted: 9/20/2016

  • Effective date: 10/22/2016

  • Complete text: 201518103 (PDF, 308KB)

  • WAC: WAC 284-43-5642 & 284-43-5642

Clarifying data use for setting P&C premiums (R 2015-15)

  • Adopted: 8/31/2016

  • Effective date: 10/1/2016

  • Complete text: 201515103 (PDF, 279KB)

  • WAC: Add new section to Chapter 284-24 WAC

Revising cross-references to sections in Chapters 284-43 and 284-170 (R 2016-11)

  • Adopted: 7/6/2016

  • Effective date: 8/6/2016

  • Complete text: 201604103 (PDF, 453KB)

  • WAC: The full list can be found on Page 3 of the CR-103

Title agent reporting of affiliated business (R 2016-04)

Technical changes to Producer Continuing Education rule (R 2016-03)

  • Adopted: 5/24/2016

  • Effective date: 6/24/16

  • Complete text: 201603103 (PDF, 131KB)

  • WAC: Amended: WAC 284-17-278 Repealed: WAC 284-17-310

Streamlining prior authorization for health care services (R 2016-02)

Renumbering in WAC chapters 284-43 and 284-170 (R 2016-01)

  • Adopted: 3/23/2016

  • Effective date: 4/23/2016

  • Complete text: 201601103P (PDF, 351KB)

  • WAC: WAC chapters 284-43 and 284-170

Adjusting rate and form-filing procedures for life & disability insurers to comply with SSB 5023 (R 2015-04)

  • Adopted: 1/8/2016

  • Effective date: 1/8/2016

  • Complete text: 201504103P (PDF, 245KB)

  • WAC: New: WAC 284-43-6500, -6520, -6540, and -6560 Repealed: WAC 284-43-920 and -950

Clarifying certain definitions required to implement coverage under ESSB 5550 (R 2015-13)