SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medicaid Purchasing Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: As a result of the governor's order to reduce budget expenditures for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, by 6.3 percent in the hearing, vision, and dental programs, amendments to the physician-related services rules were also required. To achieve the ordered expenditure reduction, medicaid purchasing administration eliminated optional medical services from program benefit packages for clients twenty-one years of age and older. Chapter 388-531 WAC is being amended to include medical services previously listed in the programs to be eliminated that are necessary to, and included within, appropriate mandatory medical services under federal statutes and rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-531-0100, 388-531-0150, 388-531-0200, 388-531-0250, 388-531-0400, 388-531-1000, and 388-531-1300.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-10-071 on May 3, 2011.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Ellen Silverman, P.O. Box 45506, Olympia, WA 98504-5506, phone (360) 725-1570, fax (360) 586-9727, e-mail Ellen.Silverman@dshs.wa.gov.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 2, Amended 7, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 2, Amended 7, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: June 28, 2011.
Susan N. Dreyfus
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