SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)
Date of Adoption: July 29, 2003.
Purpose: To comply with requirements of the 2003-2005 State Omnibus Operating Budget, effective July 1, 2003, the department is incorporating, into emergency rule the 25% reduction in adult dental benefits. The timeframe for implementing the budget does not allow the department to implement the necessary reductions through the regular rule-making process.
This order includes adoption of new WAC 388-535-1255, 388-535-1265, 388-535-1270, 388-535-1280, and 388-535-1290.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 388-535-1120; and amending WAC 388-535-1050, 388-535-1060, 388-535-1065, 388-535-1070, 388-535-1080, 388-535-1100, 388-535-1200, 388-535-1220, 388-535-1230, 388-535-1240, 388-535-1350, 388-535-1400, and 388-535-1450.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.530.
Other Authority: Section 209, Part II, chapter 25, Laws of 2003 1st sp.s., (the 2003-2005 State Omnibus Operating Budget, ESSB 5404).
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: In adopting chapter 25, Laws of 2003 1st sp.s., the legislature reduced funding for adult dental benefits by 25%. These emergency rules are needed to carry out the legislature's directive while the department adopts permanent rules. Proposed rules have been filed and a public hearing is scheduled for August 26, 2003.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 5, Amended 13, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: August 1, 2003.
July 29, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
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