WSR 99-18-102

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed September 1, 1999, 10:03 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-542 WAC, Children's health insurance program (CHIP) (new).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: CHIP is a new federal/state health insurance program authorized under Title XXI of the Social Security Act. This program is intended to cover children under the age of nineteen with a family income of 200% to 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Rules are needed to codify client eligibility, provider requirements, program coverage, and payment methodology.

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 WAC. Draft material and information about how to participate are available by contacting the Department of Social and Health Services representative identified below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting William (Bill) Stoner, Program Manager, Medical Assistance Administration, P.O. Box 45536, Olympia, WA 98504-5536, phone (360) 586-3339, fax (360) 586-2388, e-mail stonewh@dshs.wa.gov.

September 1, 1999

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office