PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: New rules in chapter 388-14A WAC requiring the Division of Child Support (DCS) to send a national medical support notice (NMSN) to an employer within two days of entry of the noncustodial parent into the state directory of new hires (SDNH). Possible amendment of existing rules as required.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.20A.310, 45 C.F.R. 303.32, 45 C.F.R. 303.30, 45 C.F.R. 303.31.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: 45 C.F.R. 303.32(a) lists the required state laws for a valid state plan under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act; 45 C.F.R. 303.32 (c)(2) provides that the state must have a procedure requiring the IV-D agency to send a national medical support notice to an employer within two days of entry of the noncustodial parent into the state directory of new hires. 45 C.F.R. 303.30 lists the requirements for DCS to provide information regarding child support orders with medical support obligations, and health insurance coverage information, to the Title XIX agency, which is the DSHS Medical Assistance Administration. Additionally, 45 C.F.R. 303.31 requires the IV-D agency to communicate with the Title XIX agency.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: DCS engages in modified collaborative rule making. Those persons wishing to participate in developing the new rules are encouraged to contact Nancy Koptur at the DSHS Division of Child Support (DCS) Headquarters as soon as possible. DCS will post information regarding this rule development project and others on its website, which can be found at www.wa.gov/dshs/dcs, or on the DSHS Economic Services Administration's policy review website, which can be found at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/esa/extpolicy/. DSHS/DCS encourages the public to take part in developing the rules. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and will send the proposal to everyone currently on the mailing list and to anyone else who requests a copy.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Nancy Koptur, DCS Rules Coordinator, Division of Child Support, P.O. Box 9162, Mailstop 45860, Olympia, WA 98507-9162, phone (360) 664-5065, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, toll-free 1-800-457-6202, fax (360) 664-5055, TTY/TDD (360) 664-5011.
September 21, 2004
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit