WSR 04-16-027

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed July 26, 2004, 3:40 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-513-1350 Defining maximum amount of resources allowed and determining resource availability for LTC services and 388-513-1380 Determining a client's participation in the cost of care for long-term care (LTC) services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500 and Section 1924 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-5).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To correct an error in the income standard used to calculate the monthly maintenance amount allowed the community spouse of an institutionalized client. The amount of $1,692 listed in WAC 388-513-1380 (6)(b)(i)(A) and (6)(c)(i) is incorrect. The correct amount is $1,562. Anticipating a January 1, 2005, increase in the federal standards for community spouses of institutionalized Medicaid clients, will require updating the standards in WAC 388-513-1350 and 388-513-1380.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary Beth Ingram, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1327, fax (360) 664-0910, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail ingramb@dshs.wa.gov.

July 22, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

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