PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-526-2610 and adding new sections to chapter 388-526 WAC relating to the administrative hearings and review processes pertaining to medical care programs.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 34.05.020, 34.05.060, and 74.08.090.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending WAC 388-526-2610 and adding new sections to the chapter that are specific to the health and recovery services administration (HRSA) medical care programs in order to expand on and better define administrative hearing rules. In addition, the rules will provide improved clarification of authority, structure, coordination, and consistency in the administrative hearings and review processes pertaining to medical care programs.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Office of administrative hearings (OAH).
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. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone 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 Kathy Sayre, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 5, 2008
Stephanie E. Schiller