WAC 284-66-040: Policy definitions and terms

Link to law: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=284-66-040
Published: 2015

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Policy definitions and terms.









No policy or certificate may be advertised, solicited, issued for delivery in this state as a medicare supplement insurance policy or certificate unless the policy or certificate contains definitions or terms that conform to the requirements of this section.
(1) "Accident," "accidental injury," or "accidental means" must be defined to employ "result" language and may not include words that establish an accidental means test or use words such as "external, violent, visible wounds" or similar words or description or characterization.
(a) The definition may not be more restrictive than the following: "Injury or injuries for which benefits are provided means accidental bodily injury sustained by the insured person that is the direct result of an accident, independent of disease or bodily infirmity or any other cause, and occurs while insurance coverage is in force."
(b) The definition may provide that injuries do not include those injuries for which benefits are provided under any workers' compensation, employer's liability or similar law, or motor vehicle no-fault plan, unless prohibited by law.
(2) "Benefit period" or "medicare benefit period" may not be defined more restrictively than as defined in the medicare program.
(3) "Convalescent nursing home," "extended care facility," or "skilled nursing facility" may not be defined more restrictively than as defined in the medicare program.
(4) "Hospital" may be defined in relation to its status, facilities and available services or to reflect its accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, but not more restrictively than as defined in the medicare program.
(5) "Medicare" must be defined in the policy and certificate as "The Health Insurance for the Aged Act, Title XVIII of the Social Security Amendments of 1965 as then constituted or later amended."
(6) "Medicare eligible expenses" means expenses of the kinds covered by medicare Parts A and B, to the extent recognized as reasonable and medically necessary by medicare.
(7) "Physician" may not be defined more restrictively than as defined in the medicare program.
(8) "Sickness" may not be defined to be more restrictive than the following: "Sickness means illness or disease of an insured person that first manifests itself after the effective date of insurance and while the insurance is in force." The definition may be further modified to exclude sicknesses or diseases for which benefits are provided under any workers' compensation, occupational disease, employer's liability, or similar law.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.66.165. WSR 05-17-019 (Matter No. R 2004-08), § 284-66-040, 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), § 284-66-040, 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), § 284-66-040, filed 3/20/90, effective 4/20/90.]