PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-976-935 Emergency medical services and trauma care system trust account.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.168 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: As a result of the new budget appropriations adopted by the legislature for the 03-05 biennium, to the emergency medical services and trauma care system trust account, a new spending plan for this program has been developed. This new spending plan includes new grant funding distribution methodologies that need to be added to WAC 246-976-935. In addition, some distribution methodologies need to be repealed.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Department of Social and Health Services, Medical Assistance Administration (MAA) program will be involved in the rule-making process for changes to the Department of Health (DOH) WAC. MAA will be given the opportunity to participate in drafting, reviewing and commenting on the proposed rules through workgroups, open public meetings and public workshops. In addition, they will also receive in the mail, through e-mail, or on DOH rules comment website appropriate draft rules for their review and input.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Statutory and other EMS and trauma care committees, as well as the Department of Social and Health Services, other constituents and the public will participate in drafting, reviewing and commenting on the proposed rules through open public meetings and public workshops. In addition, constituents may also receive in the mail, through e-mail, or on DOH rules comment website appropriate draft rules for their review and input. Invitations to public WAC sessions and other information on the rules and updates are also provided at appropriate meetings.
Any questions regarding this rule making should contact Rebecca Pittman, Trauma Fund Manager, Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, P.O. Box 47853, Olympia, WA 98504-7853, phone (360) 236-2860, fax (360) 236-2829.
October 17, 2003
Mary C. Selecky