PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-513-1350 Defining the maximum amount of resources allowed and determining resources availability for long-term care (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 74.09.575, ESHB 2257 (chapter 28, Laws of 2003).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To permanently adopt federal standard increases that were effective April 1, 2003, and to reduce the maximum resource allocation for a community spouse from $90,660 to $40,000 for clients institutionalized on or after August 1, 2003. These changes will be adopted under an emergency rule filing effective August 1, 2003.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: DSHS' Aging and Disabilities Services Administration (ADSA).
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 Lou Percival, ADSA Program Manager, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2318, e-mail perciML@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 438-8633, TDD 1-800-848-5429.
July 10, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit