WSR 05-07-095

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed March 17, 2005, 4:30 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-478-0075 Medical programs -- Monthly income standards based on the federal poverty level (FPL) and 388-478-0085 Medicare savings programs -- Monthly income and countable resources standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these WACs to update the standards for the medical programs due to a change in the federal poverty level (FPL) effective April 1, 2005.

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 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 Deborah O'Connor/Wendy Forslin, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1328 and (360) 725-1343, fax (360) 664-0910, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail OCONNDA@dshs.wa.gov and forslwc@dshs.wa.gov.

March 15, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office