SCS HCS HB 709, 2015 (New Section - Proposed Language)
374.015. 1. For purposes of this section, "insurer" shall mean any person, reciprocal exchange, interinsurer, Lloyds insurer, fraternal benefit society, and any other legal entity engaged in the business of insurance including producers, adjusters and third-party administrators, health services corporations, health maintenance organizations, health carriers, prepaid limited health care service plans, dental, optometric, and other similar health service plans. "Insurer" shall also include all companies organized, incorporated, or doing business under the provisions of chapters 325, 354, and 374 to 385.
2. For purposes of this section, "bulletin" shall mean an informal written communication to inform or educate the insurance industry and the general public about a regulatory topic or issue. A bulletin is informational in nature and is not an evaluation of specific facts and circumstances.
3. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the director may at his or her discretion issue bulletins addressing the business of insurance in this state.
4. Bulletins do not have the force or effect of law and shall not be considered statements of general applicability that would require promulgation by rule.
5. Such bulletins shall not be binding on the department or an insurer. The director may revise or withdraw any previously issued bulletin; however such revision or withdrawal shall be prospective in nature. The effective date for such bulletin which was withdrawn or revised shall be ninety days after the date the revision or withdrawal notice is published and, where applicable, shall apply to new policies issued and policies that renew on or after that date.